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Open Enrollment: Now-May 20!

Join us for our upcoming Open Enrollment events:

April 28-May 1
Pre-K to K transition Week: “Spend A Day in K”
Every DPS elementary school will have their Pre-Kindergarten students engaged in daily transition activities with Kindergarten classrooms. This will include reading circles, math lessons, lunch, etc. The itineraries have been coordinated by Early Childhood teachers. All schools are required to participate.

Thursday, May 1
“Get on the Bus to Kindergarten!”
Beard Pre-K students and their parents will travel to Roberto Clemente while Fleming Pre-K students and their parents will travel to Pulaski. They will take a tour of the kindergarten classrooms, meet the kindergarten teachers, learn about the curriculum, AND their parents will enroll them in kindergarten!

Friday, May 2 from 9 a.m.-Noon
Spring Pre-K Round-Up & Registration at EVERY elementary site
Every school that houses Pre-K will host Pre-K enrollment events for parents and students, including Pre-K classroom tours and curriculum overviews by Pre-K teachers from 9 a.m. to noon. Download the Pre-K Round Up Flyer

Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
“Open Doors Day” Events

K-8 Schools Open House & Kindergarten Round-Up
All elementary-middle schools will be open across the district during Open Doors Day, and all elementary schools will also host a Kindergarten Round-Up. All schools have developed their own creative itineraries to engage families! Free lunch will be provided by the Office of School Nutrition. Download the K-8 Schools Open House Flyer

High School & Career Academy Fair at Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School
All high schools and CTCs will be represented at a city-wide High School Fair! Attendees can learn about all high schools, Career Tech Academies and scholarship opportunities in one location. Every school will have a booth and representatives on-site. Schools will showcase their great offerings with marketing paraphernalia and creatively decorated tables. High School Fair highlights include: Dr. Darrius from Radio One’s Hot 107.5 will be live on-site; A PlayStation 4 Giveaway, courtesy of ABC Warehouse; a $200 Target Gift Card Drawing; and Walmart Gift Card Drawings throughout the event! Free lunch will be provided by the Office of School Nutrition. Download the High School Fair Flyer

Cinco de Mayo Outdoor Enrollment Fair at Western International High School
All schools in Southwest Detroit will be showcased in one location at the outdoor Cinco de Mayo Enrollment Fair in the Western International High School parking lot. This event will coincide with the weekend-long Cinco de Mayo celebration in Southwest Detroit. Every Southwest school, and other schools that choose to participate, will have a booth on-site to showcase their great offerings with marketing paraphernalia and creatively decorated tables. Guests will enjoy live entertainment, giveaways, on-site registration and more! A free Southwest-inspired lunch will be provided by the Office of School Nutrition. Download the Cinco de Mayo Fair Flyer

Specialized Services Fair at Jerry L. White Center
All Specialized Services Departments and Special Education Centers will be showcased in one location for the first-ever Specialized Services Fair at Jerry L. White Center! Guests will enjoy student performances, gain information about our exclusive special education programs and more! Free lunch will be provided by the Office of School Nutrition. Download the Specialized Services Fair Flyer

About Detroit Public Schools

Detroit Public Schools is creating Centers of Excellence in every school in every neighborhood. The district’s primary mission is educating students to perform at high academic levels. DPS offers educational advantages to students throughout the district’s schools, including:

  • NEW 9th Grade Career Academy offered at A. Philip Randolph Technical High School, where students can earn a comprehensive high school diploma, associate’s degree through Henry Ford Community College, heavy machine operator certification and paid internship through coursework in plumbing and pipefitting, HVAC, electricity, carpentry, masonry, horticulture and interior furnishings. Download the 9th Grade Career Academy Application!
  • Individual Learning Maps for every student at 97 schools
  • Arts or Music offered at every elementary/middle school
  • New Elementary and Middle School organized sports leagues
  • 215 Pre-K classrooms at 70 schools
  • “12/7 Community Schools Model” offering services at schools 12 hours per day, 7 days per week
  • New Parent University and other new/expanded parent programs
  • New district-wide, high-quality Customer Service mandate
  • 7 different languages and robust ESL programs
  • Take-home Netbooks for students in grades 8-12 (with parental consent) and accessible for all students in grades 6 and up
  • New and majorly-renovated state-of-the-art school buildings along with millions of dollars in school building improvements districtwide
  • Safety and security enhancements in schools throughout the district
  • Transportation, free healthy meals and a focus on safe routes to schools
  • $146 million+ in grants and scholarships for 2013 grads
  • More latchkey services
  • 12 of the top 20 elementary schools ranked by Excellent Schools Detroit





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


Gather documentation

Parents and guardians must apply in person and provide the following:

  1. Child’s birth certificate
  2. Proof of address(W-2, pay stub, public assistance documents, any official government mail, utility bills, driver’s license, etc.)
  3. Immunization record
  4. Transcripts or Report Cards
  5. Enrollment form (new enrollees)
    DPS Enrollment Form 2014

Visit your school

DSC_0019Once you have gathered the necessary paperwork, call the school you want your child to attend to arrange a visit in order to complete the process. A parent or guardian should accompany students. Except for application schools, students are assigned to schools in their neighborhood. Parents whose children are returning to DPS or new to the district should visit their school of choice to enroll. Transportation rules will apply.

Enrollment into an examination school or in application schools, as well as enrolling special needs students require steps in addition to those listed above.

For enrollment information, call (313) 240-4377.

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More about the DPS Advantage

Early Childhood

DSC_0278Detroit Public Schools Foundation for Early Learners provides a high quality early learning experience for special needs and general education students 4 years of age by November 1st.

The Early Childhood Programs are comprised of three prekindergarten programs: the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP), Project Head Start and Title I. Students selected for the Great Start Readiness Program must have at least two (2) risk factors or meet the income guidelines. The selection process for Project Head Start is income based, and the Title I students are selected based on the needs of the school community.


Expanding Pre-K

Among the first initiatives to be implemented from the district’s 2013-17 strategic plan, “Neighborhood-Centered, Quality Schools,” Detroit Public Schools has vastly increased preschool offerings for eligible students, expanded art and music offerings in all schools and created new parenting programs to increase parent engagement.

The DPS Universal Pre-K Program added nearly two dozen new early learning classrooms to 14 sites geographically spread across the city, including 12 classrooms in five new DPS Early Learning Neighborhood Centers. In total, DPS now operates 215 Pre-K classrooms at nearly 70 schools with a capacity for 3,530 young learners.

Visit the Foundation for Early Learners website »


Examination High Schools

Detroit Public Schools requires an examination to apply to programs at Cass Technical High School, Renaissance High School and Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School.

Examination High School Application Appeal Packet


Application Schools

IMG_3442Detroit Public Schools has 21 schools that require an application for enrollment.

The schools range from high-achieving elementary schools to specialty programs such as Davis Aerospace Technical High School, where students can learn to fly while taking a rigorous college preparatory curriculum; Dr. Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine, which offers medical pathways; Detroit Collegiate Prep High School, which has comprehensive partnerships with Johns Hopkins and other institutions; and Detroit School of Arts, the metro region’s premier performing arts and music high school.

DPS Centrally Supported Schools (18)

  1. Ann Arbor Trail Magnet Elementary-Middle School
  2. Bates Academy (1-8)   Bates Academy (Kindergarten Only)
  3. Burton International Academy
  4. Chrysler Elementary School     Application Process-1     Application Process-2
  5. Clippert Academy
  6. Communication and Media Arts High School
  7. Davis Aerospace Technical High School     Enrollment Brochure
  8. Detroit International Academy for Young Women     Enrollment Brochure
  9. East English Village Preparatory Academy
  10. Edward “Duke” Ellington Elementary-Middle School
  11. Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School (FLICS)     Enrollment Flier
  12. Frederick Douglass Academy
  13. Golightly Education Center
  14. Ludington Magnet Middle School     Application Process
  15. Marcus Garvey Academy
  16. Nichols Elementary-Middle School
  17. Paul Robeson-Malcolm X Academy
  18. Spain Elementary-Middle School

Detroit Rising Schools College Preparatory Schools (3)

  1. Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine
  2. Detroit Collegiate Preparatory High School
  3. Detroit School of Arts


Adult Education

Detroit Public Schools’ Adult Education programs offer High School Completion, General Educational Development (GED), Adult Basic Education/Pre-GED, and English as a Second Language at 11 community sites and school, including two main Adult Education campuses, throughout Detroit.

We provide free classes for more 1,200 adult learners 20 years and up, giving them the opportunity to upgrade their academic skills, complete high school, obtain a General Educational Development (GED) and other services.

We also provide opportunities at two Detroit Learning Labs for students to receive GED preparation. Bus tickets are available.

DPS’ main Adult Education Centers are located in two newly renovated facilities which include a new Welcome Center, Student Lounge, Media Centers and more than 200 new desktop computer learning stations. There are also numerous community sites to serve all clients throughout the City.

Visit the Adult Education website for details »


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