DPSCD’s Selective and Themed Schools including those with Innovative New Programs are now accepting applications

Families must apply at each school site using the district’s Common Application; Spaces are limited!


WHEN:        Thursday, January 12 at 10 a.m.
WHERE:      Detroit School of Arts, 123 Selden, Detroit
WHAT:        Vocal Arts students from Detroit School of Arts will be rehearsing for their upcoming “Spend the Day at DSA” event January 18, in which middle school students from around the area will be offered a behind-the-scenes look into the performing arts high school during a “Spend the Day at DSA”event from 5-7 p.m.

Detroit Public Schools Community District is kicking off its Application Schools Period Wednesday, January 11 for limited slots available at its selective and theme-based schools, including those with innovative programs, such as the Mark Twain School for Scholars, a gifted and talented program that this year launched A.S.A.P. (Accelerated Scholars Advanced Program) for high-performing kindergarten and first grade students and families seeking an even more rigorous program.

Other offerings include Academy of the Americas and Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School (FLICS), which offer language immersion programs; Detroit School of Arts, metro Detroit’s premier fine and performing arts high school; Detroit International Academy and Frederick Douglass Academy, Michigan’s only public single gender academies for young women and men and more.

Parents and guardians seeking to apply for spots for their children in these schools should apply at the school building site for the 2017-18 school year. Applications will be accepted until spots are filled.

The launch of Application Period marks the start of the district’s enrollment campaign, and precedes the coming announcement of other new programs as part of the DPSCD’s Proposal Process. During that process, staff are encouraged to propose detailed, research-based concepts for innovative school and district programs.

Applications for all selective and themed schools for the 2017-18 school year are open to current DPS students, as well as those newly enrolling or attending school elsewhere.

To streamline the application process, Detroit Public Schools Community District is again using a Common Application for selective schools. Schools’ criteria and the new Common Application form are on the district’s website at detroitk12.org/enroll. Further information is available at 313-240-4377.

Application Schools include the following:

Academy of the Americas
A. Philip Randolph Technical High School
Bates Academy
Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine
Burton International Academy
Chrysler Elementary School
Clippert Academy
Communication and Media Arts High School
Davis Aerospace High School
Detroit International Academy for Young Women
Detroit School of Arts
Douglass Academy for Young Men
Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School (FLICS)
Golightly Education Center
Ludington Magnet Middle School
Marcus Garvey Academy
Paul Robeson – Malcolm X Academy
Mark Twain School for Scholars
Application Guidelines Parents Should Know:

Families should use the DPSCD Common Application when applying to one or more of the District’s Application Schools. Some application schools have their own requirements for consideration.  For example, schools may require applicants to participate in an interview, take a test or submit a portfolio of their work. Go to detroitk12.org/enroll for full details.
Parents should research all schools of their interest.  Students may apply to as many schools as they wish.
The grade point average, disciplinary record, attendance record and the interests of the child may be assessed.
Limited slots are available at each school.
Each school may maintain a “wait-list.”
The application period begins January 11, and schools will take applications on an ongoing basis until slots are filled.
The decision of the school review committee is final.


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