To help you with the application process, here are some frequently asked questions for:
General Application School Questions
What are application schools?
The District’s K-12 application schools require students to submit an online application for admissions. They are one category of the district’s selective-admissions schools/programs. Some have minimum GPA requirements, others require an exam, interview and/or audition. Application schools often offer specialized programming such as education in fine and performing arts, foreign language immersion, science and medicine, single-gender education, African-centered education, aviation, or gifted and talented programming.
What are the K-12 application schools for the 2022-23 school year?
K-8 Application Schools
- Academy of the Americas (K-8)
- Bates Academy (K-8)
- Clippert Multicultural Honors Academy (6-8)
- Chrysler Elementary (K-5)
- Detroit International Academy (K-8)
- Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School (FLICS) (K-8)
- Golightly Education Center (K-8)
- Marcus Garvey Academy (K-8)
- Paul Robeson/ Malcolm X Academy (K-8)
- The School at Marygrove (K-2)
High School Application Schools
- Academy of the Americas
- Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine
- Davis Aerospace Technical High School
- Detroit International Academy for Young Women
- Detroit School of Arts
- Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men
What are the qualifications for Application Schools?
Qualifications for each school vary and may include: a minimum grade point average (GPA), minimum test scores, demonstrated talent and/or proficiency, among other criteria.
How can I learn more about each school?
Each school offers a virtual open house for parents and prospective students to learn more about the school programs. Check out the calendar of scheduled virtual open house dates here. You may also click here to visit each school’s website.
What applications are a part of Selective Admissions?
- PK-2 Application School and Montessori Admissions
- 3-8 Application School and Montessori Admissions
- Application High School Admissions
- Detroit School Arts application
- DSA Pathways: Middle School Arts Conservatories
- 9th Grade Exam High School Application
- Exam High School Application for Current High School Students
- Exam High School to Exam High School Transfer Application
What schools and programs are a part of the PK-2 School Admissions application?
The PK-2 School Admissions Application includes K-2 application schools, Montessori Program PK-2, and Marygrove K-2.
What schools offer Montessori Programs?
- Edison (Pre-K-3)
- Edmonson (Pre-K-7)
- Palmer Park (Pre-K-6)
What schools are a part of the Middle School Arts Conservatory program?
- Brenda Scott
- Duke Ellington
- John R. King
If an application school has Pre-Kindergarten, is the Pre-K program included in this admissions process?
Montessori is the only selective program that includes Pre-K. For other schools, please contact the Office of Early Childhood for more information at (313) 347-8923.
Will I have an advantage if my child is enrolled in Pre-K at an application school?
No, however, if the child has a sibling already enrolled in the school, they may receive preference.
I have general questions about application schools.
Call the DPSCD Office of Enrollment at (313) 873-6345 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Which schools require a test for admissions?
- Academy of the Americas
- Bates Academy
- Chrysler Elementary
- Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School (FLICS)
Which schools require an interview for admissions?
- Academy of the Americas (for some applicants)
- Davis Aerospace High School
- Detroit International Academy for Young Women
- Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men
- Golightly Education Center
- Marcus Garvey Academy
What are the application requirements for Montessori?
Students applying to enter Grade 2 and up must demonstrate 1 full school year of prior Montessori experience. To learn more, please visit: https://www.detroitk12.org/montessori
What is the age requirement for incoming PreK and Kindergarten students?
Students entering Pre-k must be 4 years old by December 1, 2022. Students entering Kindergarten must turn 5 years old by December 1, 2022. Edison, Edmonson, and Palmer Park are the only selective admissions Pre-K programs. If you are interested in the GSRP Pre-K at any other schools, please visit https://www.detroitk12.org/Page/7369.
Do any application schools give sibling preference?
Montessori and The School at Marygrove gives preference to enrolled siblings. All other application school’s sibling preference varies by school.
Are there any application priorities for students applying to The School at Marygrove?
- Current students at the Marygrove Early Education Center who live in the City of Detroit – students do not need to apply and are guaranteed a seat if they submitted a DPSCD Enrollment Packet by Monday, March 7, 2022
- Any student residing in the primary catchment area with a sibling attending The School at Marygrove
- Any student residing in the primary catchment area without a sibling attending The School at Marygrove
- Any student residing in the secondary catchment area with a sibling attending The School at Marygrove
- Any student residing in the secondary catchment area without a sibling attending The School at Marygrove
- Any student resident elsewhere in Detroit with a sibling attending The School at Marygrove
- Any student resident elsewhere in Detroit without a sibling attending The School at Marygrove
- Any student resident outside of Detroit (including Marygrove EEC students who live outside of Detroit) with a sibling attending The School at Marygrove
- Any student resident outside of Detroit (including Marygrove EEC students who live outside of Detroit) without a sibling attending The School at Marygrove
Is transportation provided?
Transportation is not provided to application schools, except where schools have a neighborhood boundary, such as Golightly Education Center, Marcus Garvey, and Paul Robeson/ Malcolm X Academy. For details, see the Enrollment web page.
How do I get started with submitting an application?
The application is available online only. o to detroitk12.org/applicationschools to review all application requirements and get started.
Whose email should I use to create my application account?
The email associated with the Submittable account will be used for all communications regarding the application, including exam and interview appointments and acceptance decisions. Please be sure the email address meets the following criteria:
- Belongs to, or is easily accessible by, the applicant’s parent/guardian
- It is an account that is frequently checked
Please do not use a school-issued student email account, as firewalls often prevent emails from being sent to these accounts.
I don’t have a home computer. How can I submit an application?
The application is mobile-friendly, so you may apply using any internet-enabled device like a smart phone or tablet. If not, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our trained support team. Services include webinars and 1-on-1 support phone and video calls.
Whose contact information should I enter at the beginning of the application?
The contact information provided on page 1 of the application should be for the parent or guardian who can serve as the student's primary contact.
Ensure you have regular and frequent access to the email address used to create this account; all communications regarding the application will be sent to this email.
Who should complete the application?
A parent or guardian should complete the application and electronically sign it.
What will I need to submit as part of the application?
Applicants must submit the following:
- A transcript or report card that shows year-end grades from the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years (if the student was in school for both years).
- Email address of one person who will submit a Reference Form on behalf of the applicant. Bates Academy requires three references.
- Respond to school specific questions within the application
The Detroit School of Arts requires students to upload an audition video to the application.
Is there a limit on how many schools I may apply for?
Applicants may apply for up to 3 schools and will be asked to rank their choices. We recommend keeping your options open and selecting all schools that are reasonable options for you.
Will my first-, second- and third-choice schools review my application at the same time?
No, your first-choice school will review your application and evaluate your student. The evaluation may include the school asking for additional information, requesting an interview, scheduling you for exam, etc. If your first choice does not grant admission, your application will be referred to your second-choice school for evaluation.
What is the deadline?
All applications close at 11:59 p.m. on the deadline date.
First Choice Decision
First Choice Decision (exam school)
March 7 – April 15
April 18 – May 29
June 1 – July 15
July 17 – Aug. 15
How will I be notified?
Admissions decisions will be sent to the email address associated with the application. Applicants may also log into their Submittable account after the notification deadline.
Who may I use as a reference?
Applicants may use anyone other than an immediate family member as a reference (e.g., mentor, teacher, principal, coach, etc.)
What document should I supply to show GPA?
Applicants can submit the following documents for the last two school years:
- Report cards (We request at least two years)
- Historical grades from a Student Information System, eg., MiStar, PowerSchool, Skyward, etc.
Are current DPSCD students required to submit transcripts? Current DPSCD students are not required to submit transcripts if they have attended a DPSCD for the past two complete academic years. Applicants will be required to enter their DPSCD Student ID. If your student has not been enrolled continuously, you will be required to provide report cards for the time they were not enrolled in the District.
Please note that all transcripts and report cards should include the following information:
- Student’s Full Name
- School’s Full Name
- Student’s Grade Level
- Student’s Course/Class Listings
- Student’s Grades for each course
May I take a picture of my transcript and upload it?
We recommend downloading a free SmartPhone app to scan a picture of your document to ensure your uploaded file is legible. You can then email that document to yourself or store it on your phone as an electronic copy (PDF, JPEG, or Word Document) that can be uploaded to your application. The document must be clear and easy to read.We recommend the Adobe Scan or Microsoft Office Lens, which are free scanning apps that can be downloaded to your smartphone.
My student is homeschooled; what should I submit as a transcript?
Students who are homeschooled should reference the following information to create a transcript. Please contact the Office of Enrollment for additional questions at email@example.com or (313) 873-6345.
Click here for the homeschool transcript template
Click here for more information on homeschool requirements from the Michigan Department of Education
Managing Your Account
Whose name should be on the Submittable account?
The application should be submitted using the student’s name. Ideally, the parent’s email address should be used, or any other email address that is easily accessible by the parent.
How do I log into my Submittable account?
To sign in with an existing account:
- Start on this page.
- Enter your email address and password. If you do not remember your password, click the “Forgot?” button.
- Click on “Submissions” in the upper left-hand corner of the screen
How can I communicate with the Division of Enrollment regarding my application?
Before submitting your application, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org After your application has been submitted, please use the messaging feature in Submittable to contact the Office of Enrollment regarding your application. Please click here for instructions on how to send a message via Submittable.
I cannot find my submission in my account. Where did they go?
If you are unable to find your submission, you may have more than one Submittable account. Try logging in with another email address if you have one. If that does not work, contact Submittable’s Tech support by clicking on the black/white question mark in the righthand corner.
How do I check the status of my application?
You can check the status of your submissions by signing into your Submittable account.
- Click on the blue circle with your initials at the top right of the page.
- Select Submissions.
- Under the tab All Submission, you will see the status of your application
I have already submitted my application but need to make a change. How do I do that?
- Go to your Submissions list and locate your submission (application).
- Click the name of the submission to open it up
- You will see an Editlink in the upper-right corner of the Details page (between “Download” and “Withdraw”)
- Click the Edit link to submit your request to edit your application. Your request will be sent to the Office of Enrollment. The request will be reviewed 24 to 48 hours after submitted.
How do I save my application so I can return to it later?
You may save and come back to your application submission at any time by scrolling to the bottom and clicking "Save Draft." You can access it and resume editing by clicking on "Submissions," "Saved Drafts," and then "Continue."
How can I change the email address on my Submittable account?
You can change the email address associated with your Submittable account at any time by following these steps:
- Click on the colored circle with your initials at the top right of the page.
- Select Settings.
- On the left side of the page, under User Profile,select Update Profile Info
- Scroll down until you see the text box for your email address. You may also add or change your physical mailing address in the Profile Settingsarea using the boxes provided for this information.
- When finished, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Update Your Profile. This will save your account information.
For more help, please visit the Submittable Help page.
Office of Enrollment - Selective Admissions
9th Floor, Fisher Building
3011 W. Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202
Office: (313) 873-6345
Senior Director, Selective Admissions