Increased graduation rates, pipeline to free community college, robust curriculum and unique learning opportunities offered at 97 DPS schools
With Academics under the strong leadership of Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather, Detroit Public Schools is positioning itself to be a leader in customized educational delivery for Detroit’s students and an educational provider of excellence to ensure a high-quality school in every neighborhood. The District is kicking off Open Enrollment now through Monday, May 2.
During this time, it’s important for families to understand what’s happening at DPS. The District is undertaking this transformation in conjunction with Meriweather’s five priorities areas: early childhood literacy with Pre-K – 2 curriculum; increased family and community engagement; enhanced Career Technical and STEAM-focused educational opportunities; new and innovative methods of delivering instruction, and a focus on the provision of critical wrap-around services to support its families and students.
Academic priorities are, for the first time, also driving the District’s 2016-17 budget development process. For the second year, the District has sought academic/programmatic proposals from its educators for the coming school year. The announcement of new programs, some of which came out of the proposal process, will be made in the coming weeks.
Several successful new programs implemented by DPS for the first time in the current school year were the result of last year’s proposal process. This includes the Escuela Preparatoria Academic de las Americas, a high school extension of the District’s popular dual language immersion program in Southwest Detroit, as well as the refocusing of the curriculum at Neinas Elementary to create the Neinas Dual Language Learning Academy for PK-5 students. Sampson Webber-Leadership Academy also became a STEM-focused school with the implementation of a new program in partnership with Lawrence Tech University (LTU), through which students can earn free college tuition to LTU, by following the established pipeline from Sampson to Detroit College Prep at Northwestern to the college.
During the open enrollment period parents are encouraged to visit any of DPS’ 97 for a tour or to ask questions of building leadership and teachers. To enroll a new student or to re-enroll a current student, there are a few simple steps you must take for your neighborhood school. Parents and guardians must apply in person at a school and provide the following:
- Child’s birth certificate
- Proof of address (W-2, pay stub, public assistance documents, any official government mail, utility bills, driver’s license, etc.)
- Immunization record
- Transcripts or Report Cards
- Enrollment form (new enrollees) 2015 DPS Enrollment Form ; 2015 DPS Enrollment Form-Spanish; 2015 DPS Enrollment Form-Arabic; DPS Enrollment Form- Bengali; DPS Enrollment Form-Romanian; DPS Enrollment Form-Hmong
Parents who require more information regarding examination, application and early childhood schools can visit www.detroitk12.org/enroll.
The District will host an All Schools Open Doors Day on Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. At the open house, parents will be able to enroll students, participate in guided tours, and meet the principals, teachers and staff.
Parents can call the DPS enrollment hotline at (313) 240-4DPS (4377) with any questions about schools and their programming.