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Open Enrollment and Application Period for 2015-16

Open Enrollment Calendar-JPEGDetroit Public Schools’ Application Period kicks off Monday, March 2 for its 21 Application Schools. Families seeking to apply for spots in these schools should apply at the school site for the 2015-16 school year.

The two-week Application Schools Period runs from March 2-16.

This is the first of two periods during March-April for families to select schools.

An Open Enrollment Period for all schools will follow, from April 13-24 and include additional opportunities to visit and learn more about schools.

DPS Application Schools range from a number of top-ranked schools by Excellent Schools Detroit to new programs such as the Mark Twain School for Scholars, a gifted and talented school in Southwest Detroit, to language immersion programs, such as those offered at Academy of the Americas and Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School.


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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 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!
  • Academy of the Americas Kicker-UPDATED_Page_1NEW Academy of the Americas High School with Spanish Language/Literature, Honors classes, Career Exploration and more! Enrolling 9th graders!
  • Mark Twain Academy for Scholars, featuring a new gifted and talented program!
  • 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
  • High quality Pre-Kindergarten
  • “12/7 Community Schools Model” offering services for families during expanded hours
  • New Parent University and other new/expanded parent programs
  • New district-wide, high-quality Customer Service mandate
  • 8 world languages and robust ESL programsMark Twain-Ecorse Telegram Ad_10x8
  • Take-home Netbooks for students in grades 8-12 (with parental consent) and accessible for all students in grades 6 and up
  • New and 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
  • Nearly $138 million in grants and scholarships for 2014 grads
  • More latchkey services
  • 16 of the top 31 elementary schools ranked by Excellent Schools Detroit


AMELIA_EARHART_060_EDIT 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


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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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 October 1st. The Early Childhood Programs are comprised of two prekindergarten programs: the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) and Title I. Students selected for the Great Start Readiness Program must have at least two (2) risk factors or meet the income guidelines. 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. Visit the Foundation for Early Learners website »

The High School Examination Process

All 8th grade students attending public and non-public schools are eligible to apply for admission to the 9th grade at Cass Technical High School, Renaissance High School and also Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School’s Mathematics, Science and Applied Technology (MSAT) and Center for International Studies and Commerce programs. Residency is not required. The application period begins the first week in September and runs until mid-October. Students must complete and submit an application in order to take the placement exam.

Applications are available during the application period at 1) All Detroit Public Libraries 2) All Detroit Public Schools’ Middle Schools 3) DPS Parent Resource Centers 4) Detroit Public Schools’ Office of Research Evaluation Assessment and Accountability located in the Support Services Complex Building-A at 1425 East Warren Ave. The exam is administered in the month of January. Students are notified by mail with their test date three weeks prior to testing.

The examination results are mailed out by March 10. The Appeals Process is March 15-April 15. Those students interested in making a change in their school placement or students that have missed the application period can complete an appeals packet and submit it to their school of interest for consideration. Each examination high school principal will select up to 10% of their new incoming 9th grade students through this process. Parents/students can access the appeals packet on the web or by contacting the Office of Research Evaluation Assessment and Accountability at 313-576-0050. All decisions regarding the appeals are made by the 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.

Detroit Public Schools’ Application Period begins Monday, March 2 for its 21 Application Schools. Families seeking to apply for spots in these schools should apply at the school site for the 2015-16 school year.

The two-week Application Schools period run from March 2-16. Schools criteria and application packets will be live on the district’s website Sunday, March 1.

Two after-school Enrollment Fairs at the Application Schools will be held during the Application Period on:

  • Wednesday, March 4, 2015
  • Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Applications are open to families of current DPS students as well as those newly enrolling or attending school elsewhere.

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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