DPSCD Announces Application Period for District’s Examination High School Programs

Application deadline is October 31, 2016; Schools to hold Facebook Live Open Houses to allow students to tour their schools virtually

Eighth grade students across Detroit and surrounding suburbs have until October 31, 2016 to apply for a Fall 2017 spot in one of Detroit Public Schools Community District’s Examination High Schools, which include new and innovative programming across the three high schools.

For the 2015-16 year, more than 3,200 students applied to take the examination from across the metro Detroit region, of which 1,760 students were accepted.

The programs include: Cass Technical High School, Renaissance High School and two separate programs offered by Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School — the Mathematics, Science and Applied Technology (MSAT) Program and the Center for International Studies and Commerce (CISC) Program.

“We are thrilled to announce the period in which 8th grade students across Metro Detroit can apply to our premier high school examination schools, which are always in demand and offer excellent college preparatory experiences,” said Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather. “We expect applications to increase this year due to exciting offerings to complement these outstanding programs, including International Baccalaureate opportunities, dual college enrollment, a new world language immersion program, additional STEM exploration and more!”

Applications are available at the following locations:

  • DPSCD middle schools: DPSCD students can pick up applications from their counselor;
  • All Detroit Public Library Branches;
  • DPSCD Parent Resource Center at Detroit Collegiate Preparatory High School at Northwestern, 2200 W. Grand Blvd.
  • The Detroit Public School Community District’s Office of Research and Assessment, located in the Support Services Complex Building-A at 1425 East Warren Ave.

All completed applications must be turned in to the student’s current school by October 31, 2016. The completed application must be signed by both the parent and student before it is turned in to the child’s current school. The principal’s signature is also required.

Facebook Live tours will be held at:

  • Renaissance High School, 6565 W. Outer Drive
  • Martin Luther King Jr., Senior High School, 3200 E. Lafayette Street
  • Cass Technical High School, 2501 Second Avenue

For questions about the application period, please contact Detroit Public Schools Community District’s Office of Research and Assessment at 313.576.0050.


About the Detroit Public Schools Community District
The Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) is the new public school district for the Detroit community. It was created through the Michigan Legislature’s passage of the education reform bills in June 2016. DPSCD has replaced the former Detroit Public Schools. It will maintain all 97 schools, as well as all necessary support services including transportation, school nutrition, special education, early childhood learning and much more. In addition, DPSCD will emerge with new and innovative academic programs and support, along with facility improvements and enhanced security. Most significantly, DPSCD emerges with virtually no past debt obligations. Learn more at www.detroitk12.org.

Examination School Highlights:

Renaissance High School, 6565 W. Outer Drive, is one of Detroit’s premier high schools offering a rigorous college preparatory curriculum within a collegiate-like setting. The challenging standards and curriculum of Renaissance High School exceed Detroit Public Schools graduation requirements.  Students are required to take four years of mathematics, English, science, social studies and foreign language.  Qualifying seniors and juniors and sophomores also have the option of taking college courses through a dual enrollment partnership with Wayne County Community College District. Renaissance was also recognized as a State and National Blue-Ribbon School of Excellence, and awarded a Silver Medal in the annual list of America’s Best High Schools by U.S. News and World Report for the last two years.

The athletic program consists of football, girls and boys basketball, tennis, soccer, swimming, golf, volleyball, girls and boys cross country and track, girls softball and boys baseball.  Some athletic accomplishments include ten-time Girls Track and Field State Championships, 2003 and 2006 Boys Basketball State Championships and division champions in 2014, 2005 Girls Basketball State Championship, and 2004 Football City Championship.  The JROTC program ranked first place in the State and second in the national Color Guard in 2013.

Renaissance has a renowned and world-traveled vocal and instrumental music department.  Students have performed in London, Spain, Africa, Toronto, and Carnegie Hall in New York.  The choir tours the country each spring performing on campuses of historically Black colleges and universities and some Ivy League schools.  Instrumental music classes consist of band, jazz band, and orchestra.  RHS offers a nationally-recognized dance program that emphasizes training in various modern and ballet techniques. RHS dance workshop students have received numerous awards and have gone on to expand their talent at world renowned institutions.  An Advanced Placement Studio Art program provides students the opportunity to expand their talents in drawing, painting, photography and graphics.

Martin Luther King Jr., Senior High School, 3200 E. Lafayette Street, is a unique state-of the-art lead green comprehensive examination high school with outstanding academic, athletic, fine and performing arts programs as well as the extracurricular activities that are in greatest demand. Students enjoy participating in chess, robotics, BPA, DECA, NHS, student council, STEM initiatives, business, community and university partnerships while establishing true college readiness.

Top Awards include: Undefeated State Football Champions, Metropolitan Chess Champions, PSL Girls Basketball Champions and DECA State Champions.

New offering this year include SAT Preparation and Tutoring, STEM Exposure Workshops, World Language Immersion, enhanced Extended Day Program, a proven Impact Program, a rigorous Bridge Program and challenging AP Classes.

Cass Technical High School, 2501 Second Avenue is a city-wide, examination-entry, college preparatory, educational institution that offers a rich tradition of educational success via a curriculum- structured, accelerated-learning environment.

Academic and Curriculum Awards

  • 14 Gates Millennium Scholars in the last 5 Years
  • 8 Merit Finalists in the last 5 Years
  • 13 Achievement Finalists in the last 5 Years
  • 12 Consecutive Years of National Art Awards
  • 15 Consecutive Years of Grand Awards at Metro Science & Engineering Fair
  • Academic Games Individual National Winner for Equations / State Champions
  • Academic Games Coach of the Year Winner
  • Verizon Innovative Learning Award
  • 1st Annual STEM Genius & SeaPerch Michigan Regional Underwater Robotics
  • Tournament High School Champion
  • U of M’s Architecture Program
  • Featured on CNN “Backyard Brains” show

Notable Accomplishments

  • International Baccalaureate School

– First High School in the City of Detroit

  • Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Reward School
  • Ranked in the top 5% of all high schools in the state of Michigan
  • Wayne County Community College Dual Enrollment Program (Largest in DPS) graduating 25 students in June w/Dual Degrees
  • CIA Undergraduate School Program
  • Largest Number of Advanced Placement Course Offerings with the Only Quantitative Analysis Courses in DPS
  • “Best High Schools” Bronze Medal by US News and World Report
  • University of Michigan Collaboration Doctors of Tomorrow Program
  • STEM Genius Program
  • Four-Time Recipient of the Best High School by the Ford/ Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards
  • New State-of-the-Art Radio / TV Lab and Athletic Work-Out Room
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