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Enrollment Information

Detroit offers a variety of education choices. Start the search process early, if you can, so you’ll know all your options – and exactly what’s required for enrollment.

Public Preschools

Preschool is not mandatory in Detroit, but it’s highly recommended by education experts, as it’s been shown to boost education achievement. Not every public K-12 school offers preschool for 3 and 4-year-olds. Free prekindergarten programs in Detroit include: Head Start, Great Start Readiness Program, and Title I preschools. Children must be 4 years old by Nov. 1st to attend prekindergarten classes in the Detroit Public School preschool program.

Head Start
To find a Head Start near you, call the Michigan Head Start Association or visit their website. To qualify for a Head Start seat, family income must be at or below poverty level, or the family must be homeless, have children in foster care, a child with a diagnosed disability, or be receiving Supplemental Security Income or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Head Start serves 3 and 4-year-olds.

Great Start Readiness Programs
The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is funded by the state and serves children living in homes at 101-250 percent of the poverty level. Children living in households over 250 percent of the poverty level may qualify if they also have other risk factors. To apply for a GSRP preschool, call Great Start’s toll-free hotline (877-614-7328) or your school district. Detroit residents should contact Wayne Regional Educational Services Agency at 734-334-1393.

Title 1
Detroit’s public school district allocates some Title I funding (government funding to help boost academic achievement of disadvantaged children) to provide universal preschool. There are currently 215 preschool classrooms at 70 schools, making free preschool widely available to Detroit families. Contact Detroit Public Schools for details.

For more information:

Detroit Public Schools – Early Learners
313-347-8923

Michigan Head Start
517-374-6477

Great Readiness Program – Wayne Regional Educational Services Agency
734-334-1393
Toll Free Hotline: 877-614-7328

Michigan Department Human Services - Child Care Support
855-275-6424

Key dates

Enrollment processes and deadlines vary by school. Contact schools directly for more information


Private Preschools

Detroit offers many options for private early childhood programs, and preschools that feed into private schools. Private preschools can cost from $400 to $1,600 a month in Detroit and the surrounding suburbs. Parents who qualify for financial or support from the state are generally eligible for subsidized preschool. To apply for a child care subsidy, visit a Michigan Department of Human Services office.

For more information:

Michigan Department Human Services - Child Care Support
855-275-6424

Association of Independent Michigan Schools – Directory of Schools

Key dates
May 1, 2014Schools begin requesting deposits to secure a seat for the fall
Aug 1, 2014Schools begin parent orientations and teacher meet and greets

Public Elementary Schools

In Detroit there are four types of public schools: Detroit Public Schools (DPS) open admission schools, DPS application schools, charter schools, and schools run by Michigan’s Education Achievement Authority (EAA).

DPS Open Admission Schools
In Detroit, each child is assigned a school based on the neighborhood they live in. To enroll in your neighborhood school, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • 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 only)

If you would like your child to attend an open admission school other than the one you’re assigned, contact the school directly. If demand is greater than the number of seats available, preference is given to students who live within school boundaries.

DPS Application Schools
Detroit Public Schools has several schools that require an application for enrollment. Students can apply to multiple schools. To apply, contact the school directly or visit the DPS website. Some application schools have grade point average or test performance criteria for admission.

Charter Schools
All charter schools are required to follow open enrollment rules. To apply to a charter school, contact the school directly. All children who apply are accepted unless the demand for seats is higher than the number of seats available, in which case there is a lottery.

Education Achievement Authority Schools (EAA)
To apply to EAA schools (low performing schools that have come under state control), parents must fill out an online application on the EAA website.

For more information:

DPS enrollment details
313-240-4377

DPS enrollment form

Learn more about DPS charter schools

Learn more about EAA schools
313-456-3010

EAA Enrollment Application

Michigan Association of Public School Academies

Key dates

Enrollment processes and deadlines vary by school. Contact schools directly for more information


Private Elementary Schools

Independent schools (including parochial schools) charge tuition, but many offer tuition assistance. Students who want to attend private schools must apply; entrance exams and application fees may be required.

Enrollment details vary from school to school, so it’s best to contact the school directly.

For more information:

Archdiocese of Detroit schools

Learn about tuition assistance for Archdiocese schools

Association of Independent Michigan Schools

Learn more about Cornerstone Schools

Learn about enrolling in the Friends School in Detroit

Key dates

Enrollment processes and deadlines vary by school. Contact schools directly for more information


Public Middle Schools

In Detroit there are four types of public schools: Detroit Public Schools (DPS) open admission schools, DPS application schools, charter schools, and schools run by Michigan’s Education Achievement Authority (EAA).

DPS Open Admission Schools
In Detroit, each child is assigned a school based on the neighborhood they live in. To enroll in your neighborhood school, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • 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 only)

If you would like your child to attend an open admission school other than the one you’re assigned, contact the school directly. If demand is greater than the number of seats available, preference is given to students who live within school boundaries.

DPS Application Schools
Detroit Public Schools has several schools that require an application for enrollment. Students can apply to multiple schools. To apply, contact the school directly or visit the DPS website. Some application schools have grade point average or test performance criteria for admission.

Charter Schools
All charter schools are required to follow open enrollment rules. To apply to a charter school, contact the school directly. All children who apply are accepted unless the demand for seats is higher than the number of seats available, in which case there is a lottery.

Education Achievement Authority Schools (EAA)
To apply to EAA schools (low performing schools that have come under state control), parents must fill out an online application on the EAA website.

For more information:

DPS enrollment details
313-240-4377

DPS enrollment form

Learn more about DPS charter schools

Learn more about EAA schools
313-456-3010

EAA Enrollment Application

Michigan Association of Public School Academies

Key dates

Enrollment processes and deadlines vary by school. Contact schools directly for more information


Private Middle Schools

Independent schools (including parochial schools) charge tuition, but many offer tuition assistance. Students who want to attend private schools must apply; entrance exams and application fees may be required.

Enrollment details vary from school to school, so it’s best to contact the school directly.

For more information:

Archdiocese of Detroit schools

Learn about tuition assistance for Archdiocese schools

Association of Independent Michigan Schools

Learn more about Cornerstone Schools

Learn about enrolling in the Friends School in Detroit

Key dates

Enrollment processes and deadlines vary by school. Contact schools directly for more information


Public High Schools

In Detroit there are five types of public high schools: Detroit Public Schools (DPS) open admission, DPS application schools, Detroit Rising Schools, charter schools, and schools run by Michigan’s Education Achievement Authority (EAA).

DPS Open Admission Schools
In Detroit, each child is assigned a school based on the neighborhood they live in. To enroll in your neighborhood school, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • 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 only)

If you would like your child to attend an open admission school other than the one you’re assigned, contact the school directly. If demand is greater than the number of seats available, preference is given to students who live within school boundaries.

DPS Application Schools
Detroit Public Schools has several schools that require an application for enrollment, including 3 high schools: Cass Technical High School, Renaissance High School, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School. Students can apply to multiple schools. To apply, contact the school directly or visit the DPS website. Some application schools have grade point average or test performance criteria for admission.

Detroit Rising Schools
Detroit Rising Schools are college preparatory schools run by the DPS. Students can apply to multiple schools. To apply, contact the school directly or visit the DPS website. Some Detroit Rising Schools have grade point average, test performance, or other criteria for admission.

Charter Schools
All charter schools are required to follow open enrollment rules. To apply to a charter school, contact the school directly. All children who apply are accepted unless the demand for seats is higher than the number of seats available, in which case there is a lottery.

Education Achievement Authority Schools (EAA)
To apply to EAA schools (low-performing schools that have come under state control), parents must fill out an online application on the EAA website.

For more information:

DPS enrollment details
313-240-4377

DPS enrollment form

Learn more about DPS charter schools

Learn more about EAA schools
313-456-3010

EAA Enrollment Application

Michigan Association of Public School Academies

Key dates

Enrollment processes and deadlines vary by school. Contact schools directly for more information


Private High Schools

Independent schools (including parochial schools) charge tuition, but many offer tuition assistance. Students who want to attend private schools must apply; entrance exams and application fees may be required.

Enrollment details vary from school to school, so it’s best to contact the school directly.

For more information:

Archdiocese of Detroit schools

Learn about tuition assistance for Archdiocese schools

Association of Independent Michigan Schools

Learn more about Cornerstone Schools

Learn about enrolling in the Friends School in Detroit

Key dates

Enrollment processes and deadlines vary by school. Contact schools directly for more information