Count Day · September 30, 2009

I'm in.
  • Free breakfast and lunch
    The Office of School Nutrition will offer breakfast and lunch to every DPS student at no charge.

  • Great prizes
    Students who attend class all day on count day will have a chance to win a 42-inch plasma flat screen TV, laptop computer, iPod nanos, or an American Express gift card through a Radio One contest.

  • Additional resources for students & classrooms
    Every student enrolled above the budgeted number brings $7,550 in state resources for DPS students and classrooms.

Count Day Events and Activities

  • Phoenix Multi-Cultural Academy: an ice cream social for the Pk-5 at 11:35 a.m., extra time at the playscape, and free choice dress day. 6-8 will have Ice cream and basketball tournament on new court, free choice dress day. All will be included in a raffle for several iPod Nanos and some portable CD players, and school supplies. DJ Sicari plays for the 6-8 graders.
  • Bethune Academy: activities from 2-4 P.M.: Basketball games between 6th, 7th and 8th grader boys; Movies/popcorn in each classroom; Music and mingling in the large cafe- girls only; Elementary activities- movies/popcorn in each classroom; games in the classrooms.
  • Burton International School: All Classrooms that have PERFECT ATTENDANCE Wednesday, September 30 will receive the following: Movie, Ice Cream, Pizza Party, One Free Hour of Playground Time. Detroit Roller Wheels has donated a pair of skates to Burton International. The skates will be given to a lucky student who is present on Fourth Wednesday.
  • Mae C. Jemison Academy: Games and activities in classrooms, ice cream, book bag giveaways, roller skate giveaway.
  • Charles Wright Academy: goal at the Charles Wright Academy is to have 100% attendance. Students can look forward to the following:
    • A special treat will be given to everyone in attendance.
    • The school song will be introduced by its writer and singer, Nia Jackson, 5th grade student!  It will be the featured presentation of our live W-R-I-G-H- TV 83 daily telecast.
    • Each class with 100% attendance will be entered into the drawing for a Personal Pizza Party with the Principal, Free Dress and Crazy Hats Day for the winning class.
    • "Wright Bucks" will be randomly distributed.  Students may exchange them for the "Wright" No Homework-for-a-Day Pass, books, markers, and other items.
  • Ivan Ludington Magnet Middle School: The students at Ludington will receive a free dress day, and the school will raffle off a pair of skates and give each child a bag of chips.
  • Edward (Duke) Ellington Conservatory of Music/Art: free dress day, ice-cream social. Next, school will have a party for the classrooms that have 100% attendance.
  • Thurgood Marshall Elementary School: free dress day, ice cream social dance or movie for students scheduled at a later date.
  • Barton Elementary: Every child in attendance will receive a Barton Elementary T-Shirt (free of charge); Movies in the afternoon
  • Thomas M. Cooley High School: Free dress day and the Office of Food Service is providing free hot wings.
  • Duffield: School is serving hot dogs, potato chips and juice. Children will have free time and a day of fun.
  • Henry Ford High School: Free Dress Day, Free Chicken Wing Lunch Coupon to the classroom with 100% attendance; (2) Free Admission tickets to the 2009 Homecoming Dance to be held at the Cobo Hall Riverfront Ballroom on October 9, 2009.
  • Westside Multicultural Academy: Free Dress Day for All students, Raffle Prizes: Bike, Uniforms, I-Pods, CD Players; Special Lunch for students
  • Gompers: 5th Graders are going to the Science Center for MEAP Field Trip PreK - 2 will have a Stand Up and Be Counted Dance at 11:00 a.m.; 3 - 5 Grades will have a Stand Up and Be Counted Dance at 2:00 p.m.
  • Gardner Elementary: All Students will receive special gifts for attendance. Items donated from local roller rink and school t-shirts will be raffled off each hour. Classes with 100% attendance will receive bonus movie/popcorn day.
  • Detroit City High School: Dress down day. Students attending all classes will turn in schedule initialed by 6 teachers to be eligible to enter a drawing to win: iPod MP3 Player, Gift Certificates to popular fast food restaraunts, other valuable gifts, anytime points / extra-credit
  • Logan Elementary: Free t-shirt give-away to all students, Free ice cream for all students, Open house after school
  • Sampson Academy: welcome all students in the morning with an incentive item to say thanks for showing up to get your education; raffle every half hour in which students will be able to win exciting prizes throughout the school day. Students will report to the main office to get their prizes’ Principal to go to classes and give out special educational prizes throughout the day to further thank students for being in school.
  • Parker PK-8 Elementary School: parents invited to visit the classrooms from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. on "Count Day." School is having ice cream, wrist bands, Drug Free Chain and Tags, pens, pencils, back packs (donated), notebooks, and pizza for every class with perfect attendance
  • McColl: Fun day in each homeroom. Students will be given games (board and hand held) to engage; Physical Education competitions among upper grades students. Prizes awarded; Movie in auditorium and computer room activities in computer lab; Edible treats throughout the entire day. Each class will have a “shout out” over the PA system upon arriving at 100% attendance.
  • Central High: Free Dress Day; Full assembly w/ Rip Hamilton of the Pistons / Gym; Also Desmond Howard, Pro Football player
  • Stewart: fall field day with the elementary division having two inflatables (one is the obstacle course and the other is the slide). The middle school will have intramural games in the morning. All will have hand held games in the afternoon in the classroom and a dance in the gym
  • Hamilton Elem./Middle School: free popcorn to all students who attend school that day. If they attend Open House later at 4 p.m., they will receive free ice cream sundaes
  • Harms: Pizza for every child who attends Harms on Count Day
  • Taft Middle: a Celebration Dance "Taft Is In". Count Day Drawing every half hour: Backpack, supplies, MP3 Player, digital camera and other prizes.
  • Golightly Educational Center: pizza parties for those classes with 100% attendance Those teachers with 100% attendance will get to opt out of staff meeting on Wednesday; "Picture Day" on Wednesday; Free Dress day
  • Pershing and D Tech (Detroit HS for Tech): students will receive a ticket stub to enter them into a drawing for gift cards; ticket numbers will be called throughout the day. Students who attend all six classes will be eligible to win. Students who attend all six classes AND are in uniform by grade level will be eligible to win free dress passes and/or one of several $25 gift cards. Students who have the largest number of students attending all six classes in uniform attire will receive a free dress day for the entire grade.
  • Detroit International Academy: The staff from DIA will bring in prizes ( gift certificates, cash, books, food, uniforms, etc) to give away at school assembly which will be held seventh hour. Students must sign in all seven classes in order to receive extra credit in their classes. If they are dressed in regular uniform, they will receive 100 points. If they are dressed in the formal uniform, they will receive 125 points that can be used in any class to improve their grade. Students will also receive a coupon to receive a pouch to carry their bus passes and id cards. The record room class with the best attendance will have a pizza party the next day.
  • Boykin Continuing Education Center: Pizza Party last hour of the school day and special gift raffle for all of our students.
  • Paul Robeson Academy: students will be allowed to dress down on Wednesday. Additionally, classes with 100% attendance will get to see movies on Friday, October1, 2009.
  • Lessenger: raffle: Movie, Ice Pops, Free skating tickets
  • Priest Elementary: We are having silly hat and hair day for Wednesday. All staff are encouraged to wear hats and/or hair. All classes who have 100% attendance will get to have a pizza party
  • Breithaupt Career and Technical Center: Classes that have perfect attendance will be provided an etiquette driven-plated gourmet meal. The students will learn table etiquette by one or more of their school mates and will immediately apply that which they have learned to the above mentioned meal. The meal will be prepared and served by the students and supervising staff of the Culinary Department. There will be no cost to the students as Added Cost Funds will be used to purchase the food items as these items will serve as lessons for the entire culinary department students. The following programs will benefit from this activity:
    • Meat Cutting students will fabricate the required meat into cuts specified for service;
    • Pantry students will prepare the cold food items, necessary for service;
    • Gourmet and beginning cooking classes will prepare the meat item(s), vegetable and a starch as per the menu;
    • Retail/Commercial Baking students will prepare breads and desserts; and
    • Dining students will prepare beverages and execute service.
  • Campbell Elementary School: Students in attendance will receive a Campbell School T-Shirt
  • Mann School: students will have their names put into a drawing to win a 12-Speed Bike. Classes with perfect attendance will have a pizza party. Finally all students who attend school will be treated to ice cream for lunch
  • Malcolm X Academy: All classes with 100% attendance will receive a movie and popcorn time (after MEAP). Every student present on Count Day will receive a bag of potato chips and a MEAP pencil. Every student present will receive a free dress coupon to wear on Ancestor's Day on 10/30/2009. Every teacher who is present and has 100% student attendance will receive an extra relief period. All staff, parents, and students present on Count Day will receive a Malcolm X Academy key chain and a certificate of appreciation for making our count day successful.
  • Warren G. Harding Elementary School: students must participate in a raffle every hour. The prizes consist of school uniforms, backpacks with school supplies, free admission tickets to Northland Roller Rink and a pair of skates. All students will receive chips and ice cream.
  • Y. Gladys Barsamian Preparatory Academy: The students who are in attendance on count day will enjoy Little Caesar's Pizza during 6th hour
  • Beard Early Childhood Center: Barbecue lunch, storyteller, each student will receive an “I Count” Ribbon and T-Shirt
  • Greenfield Union Elementary/Middle School: Pizza Party for Students, Free gym period, Movie/popcorn party
  • Webster: our Open House the same day as Count Day. Students will receive pizza in the afternoon. Parents can come to the Open House from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and they will receive refreshments
  • Sherrill: Pizza Party for the class with 100% attendance
  • Dossin Academy: Free Dress Day, Detroit Roller Wheels will be giving out free skating tickets to 50 students plus one lucky student will receive a Free pair of roller skates.
  • Neinas Elementary: Ice Cream Social at 1 p.m. sponsored by business partner (BridgePointe); $20 gift certificate raffle for each classroom to E&L Market (business partner) ; A new bike raffle for 4th and 5th Graders
  • Carstens Elementary: Pancake Breakfast; Huge Football Cookie for Lunch; Count For Fun! (Fun Run); each Grade Level will have a winner; special treat to any student who brings a new student on Count Day; popsicle after the run; a bag of Popcorn to take home (Popped from Carstens Poppers.)
  • Roberto Clemente Learning Academy: From 1-3 pm, volunteers visit the students in their classrooms. Each student receives a book.
  • Farwell: Free dress day; Count Day Dance 7th hour; Classes with perfect attendance will receive chips & pop. Classes will be announced over PA by Principal
  • Henderson Academy: Progression, Inc., with the Learning Express, will present education through hip-hop and jazz. Progression provides high quality music and arts to urban school districts. The Learning Express will present an interactive presentation of content directly related to MEAP while exposing students to instrumental and vocal music and positive role models. After the program, administration will provide pencil cases, bookbags and other items to students who attend school on Count Day.
  • Randolph Career and Technical Center: Drawing - donated by the staff; Each student will receive a portfolio and ink pen; Refreshments - donated by the staff
  • A.L. Holmes Elementary: annual raffle for a bicycle and gift cards to Game Stop & Toys R Us. Also, students will be allowed to come without uniforms
  • White Elementary: Free Dress Day for all students who are in attendance; Ice Cream treat for all students; Each homeroom teacher is also planning an attendance incentive. School is also hosting Open House on Count Day from 4:30-6:00 p.m.
  • Mason: all classes with perfect attendance will have a pizza party.
  • Van Zile Elementary School: Dress Down Day (No uniform): "Count Down" Dance; Five (5) Van Zile Bucks given to every student in attendance; Raffle (Gift bags with Van Zile Paraphernalia); "Count Day Book give-away); Certificate to Parents for sending their child to school
  • Hancock: "Bring your Parent To School Day,” hot breakfast ( Eggs, Sausage, Toast and Grits). Parents will attend all of their child's classes and participate in classroom experiments and other activities.
  • Noble: ice cream social at 1 p.m.
  • Durfee: Dance and ice cream for k - 5th. Dance and chips and juice for 6th - 8th. Free dress for all.
  • Pasteur: Classes with 100% will win a pizza party; students will have a poster contest on “I’m In” that will be judged by their peers, raffles every hour for all the students present and a grand prize for the family that enrolls the most children.
  • Carver: Raffle of two pairs of skates donated by Detroit Roller Wheels; Raffle of 50 free tickets to Detroit Roller Wheels; Raffle of 3 Rip Cord Skateboards; Elementary Hustle Dance; Middle School Dance 5th & 6th Hours.
  • Carleton Elementary School: free dress day, ice cream treats in the afternoon, raffle (students must be in school today to get their name in the raffle) - gift cards to Blockbuster, Target, McDonalds
  • Wayne Elementary: Every Wayne student that comes to school on Count Day will receive a book bag. School supplies in grades Pre-k - 3rd. Grades 3-5 will also receive pencil cases. It will be free dress for all the students. Grade 5 will go on a field trip to the Science Center.

It's not too late to enroll!

To enroll a new student or to re-enroll a student there are a few simple steps you must take.

Gather documentation

All incoming new and re-enrolling students must bring the following:

  1. Immunization Record
  2. Birth Certificate
  3. Transcript or report cards from previous school(s)

Visit your school of choice

Once you have gathered the necessary paperwork, call the school to arrange a visit in order to complete the process. Do note: students cannot enroll themselves into a school. A parent or guardian should accompany students.

Enrollment into an examination school, including Cass Tech, and application schools, including Detroit High School for the Fine and Performing Arts, as well as enrolling special needs students require further steps than those listed above. For enrollment information, call 313-240-4DPS (313-240-4377).


Michigan Department of Education
2009-2010 Student Count Day and School Funding Information

  • Count day is when all public schools in Michigan tally the number of students attending their schools.
  • Count information is critical to districts, because each student translates into state funding.
  • LEA and ISD state aid is based on number of students legally enrolled on or before count day.
  • Count Requirements
    • Pupils must be in attendance and received instruction in all classes on the count day.
    • If student is not in attendance, they may be counted for:
      • 30 calendar days for excused absence following count day
      • 10 school days for unexcused absence following count day
      • 45 days for suspended students following count day
  • Local school boards distinguish between excused and unexcused.
  • School Cancellation
    • If school is cancelled on count day due to conditions not within the control of school authorities, with the approval of the State Superintendent, may use the day immediately following count day on which school is in session.
  • Count days are established in the State School Aid Act – Totals of the fall and previous winter counts are blended, with the fall count weighted more heavily.
    • 2nd Wednesday in February (Winter Count) = 25% of state funding
    • 4th Wednesday after Labor Day (Fall Count) = 75% of state funding
    • 2009-2010 School Year Funding Count Days
      • Winter Count - February 11, 2009 = 25%
      • Fall Count - September 30, 2009 = 75%
  • Schools have 5 weeks to submit student count information to the ISD.  The ISD has 24 weeks from the count date to provide the audited pupil counts to the state.
    • 2009-2010 School Year Count Days
    • February 11, 2009 count sent to ISD by March 18, 2009
      Verified by ISD and sent to State July 29, 2009
    • September 30, 2009 count sent to ISD by November 4, 2009
  • High Cost of Dropouts
    • Michigan’s statewide dropout rate is approximately 14.2 percent – about 20,600 students from the class of 2008 alone.
    • On the average, dropouts cost Michigan residents $127,000 or $2.6 billion per year in lost tax revenues, public health care, unemployment, law enforcement, incarceration and other costs.
    • Forty percent of Michigan residents who received cash welfare in 2003 were dropouts, costing the state approximately $156 million.
    • About 70 percent of convicts who entered prison in 2003 were dropouts; housing them for one year cost taxpayers $200 million. Eighty-eight percent of all high school dropouts who do not receive at least their GED will be incarcerated by the time they are 25, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
    • Information on the Superintendent's Dropout Challenge that can impact 55,000 per year.

District funding comes from three sources: Federal, state and local. State funding which is appropriated primarily through State Aid based on number of students in a school, accounts for 80% or more.

School districts also receive local revenue obtained from non-homestead property taxes on businesses, rentals, etc. They may also receive some funding for various programs through the local Intermediate School District. In addition, a district may receive direct federal resources.