Second phase of DPS Open Enrollment Initiative under way

Steven Wasko at 313-873-4542
Kisha Verdusco at 313-873-8401

Detroit Public Schools is in the second phase of its Open Enrollment initiative, after giving families affected by school closures and consolidations the first opportunities to choose which schools they want their children to attend this fall.

The enrollment period for families affected by school closures and consolidations ended on July 16, so this week the district will begin sending teams of parent organizers to help parents in those neighborhoods who may have questions or concerns.

Detroit Public Schools parents whose children do not attend schools that are scheduled to close have until Friday July 23 to enroll their children in almost any DPS school they choose – regardless of geographical boundary — under the Open Enrollment Initiative. Families who need special education services have until August 31 to enroll.

DPS is already an open enrollment district, but this formal initiative is unprecedented and will be parents’ only window of opportunity to change their children’s school assignments.

Letters containing information and a questionnaire were sent to all district parents, who are expected to fill out one form for each child and will be allowed to select first, second and third choice schools.

The Open Enrollment Initiative does not apply to examination high schools or application schools, which have separate enrollment processes, but it will allow parents to select the school they think best suits their child’s needs.

Enrollment takes place Mondays through Fridays at nine service centers. They are:
DPS Welcome Center, 3031 W. Grand Blvd., (313) 873-9974, 8:30 a.m.-4:40 p.m.
Harris Building, 3700 Pulford, (313) 866-3775, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Breithaupt Career & Technical Center,9300 Hubbell, (313)-866-9550, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Central High School, 2425 Tuxedo, (313) 852-6995,7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cody High School, Room 112, 18445 Cathedral, (313) 866-9497, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Brenda Scott School, 18400 Hoover, (313) 866-6268, 7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Duffield Elementary, 2715 Macomb, (313) 494-8350,8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Priest Elementary School, 7840 Wagner, (313) 216-5675,7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Charles Wright Academy, 19299 Berg Road, (313) 538-3024, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Students may enroll in their school of choice as long as the school has not reached capacity for their particular grade. Enrollment preference will be given to students who live within the boundary of a school, and those students will be provided transportation if they meet the district’s criteria. Students who choose to attend schools outside their boundaries will not receive transportation

As part of the initiative, all Detroit Public Schools families:
– Will receive a letter that confirms the selection for each student in the family and informs them of the school in which each child is expected to attend this fall. Students must attend the assigned school on the first day of school. Transfer requests will not be honored during the first weeks of school.

– Are expected to have all students to report to school and attend all classes the first day of school, Tuesday, September 7, 2010.

– Attendance agents will be sent to the homes of students who did not report to class the first day of school. Parents will be required to re-enroll all students who did not

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