Pick YOUR Perfect School!
- 2013–2014 Guide: “Picking the Perfect School”
- The Detroit Public Schools Difference
- Are You Happy with Your Child’s School?
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:
Parents and guardians must apply in person 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)
DPS Enrollment Form
Para registrar a un estudiante
Visit your school
Once 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
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.
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.
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.
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)
- Ann Arbor Trail Magnet Elementary-Middle School
- Bates Academy (1-8) Bates Academy (Kindergarten Only)
- Burton International Academy
- Chrysler Elementary School Application Process-1 Application Process-2
- Clippert Academy
- Communication and Media Arts High School
- Davis Aerospace Technical High School Enrollment Brochure
- Detroit International Academy for Young Women Enrollment Brochure
- East English Village Preparatory Academy
- Edward “Duke” Ellington Elementary-Middle School
- Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School (FLICS) Enrollment Flier
- Frederick Douglass Academy
- Golightly Education Center
- Ludington Magnet Middle School Application Process
- Marcus Garvey Academy
- Nichols Elementary-Middle School
- Paul Robeson-Malcolm X Academy
- Spain Elementary-Middle School
Detroit Rising Schools College Preparatory Schools (3)
- Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine
- Detroit Collegiate Preparatory High School
- Detroit School of Arts
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.
Enrollment for Homeless Children
- Enrolling homeless children
- Programs for homeless children
- Detroit Public Schools:Education of Homeless Children and Youth
- Mission of the McKinney-Vento Program
Learn more about DPS
- 2013 BLAC Magazine Special Section: Picking the Perfect School
- 2013 Spring Enrollment Newsletter
- 2012 Back-to-School Newsletter
- 2012 BLAC Magazine Special Back-to-School Section
- 2012 Spring Enrollment Newsletter
- List of Schools
- Interactive Map of Schools