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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 2021-22 school year?
K-8 Application Schools
- Academy of the Americas (K-8)
- Bates Academy (K-8)
- Burton International Academy (K-8)
- Charles Wright Academy of Science and Technology (K-7)
- 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)
High School Application Schools
- Academy of the Americas
- Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine
- Davis Aerospace Technical High School
- Detroit School of Arts
- Detroit International Academy for Young Women
- Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men
May I submit applications in multiple categories?
Yes. You may submit one application per application category (Montessori, K-8, High School, DSA, and Middle School Arts Conservatories). Parents will be able to submit applications on behalf of multiple children, however, duplicate applications for the same applicant in any category will not be evaluated. Applicants may request permission to edit an application that has already been submitted if changes are required.
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.
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)
- Charles Wright Academy of Science and Technology
- Davis Aerospace High School
- Detroit International Academy for Young Women
- Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men
- Golightly Education Center
- Marcus Garvey Academy
If I am not admitted into my top-choice school, will I be put on a waitlist?
Your application will be sent to your second-choice school for review and, if needed, your third-choice school. The decision to maintain a waitlist varies by school. Contact the school to learn more if you are not granted admission.
Do any application schools give sibling preference?
Sibling preference in admissions varies by school.
Is transportation provided?
Transportation is not provided to application schools, except where schools have a neighborhood boundary, such as Burton, 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?
Go to detroitk12.org/applicationschools to review all application rules and requirements. Click on the “Apply Here” button after noon on Monday February 8, 2021, to start the process. The application must be completed online.
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 2018-19 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.
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.
Can I apply for Spring 2021?
Yes, select schools will accept new students for the second semester of the current school year.
What is the deadline?
All applications close at 11:59 p.m. on the deadline date.
First Choice School Decision Notification
Feb. 8- March 7
7 p.m. Friday April 9
April 5- April 30
7 p.m. Friday May 28
May 3- May 30
7 p.m. Friday June 18
How will I be notified if my student has been accepted?
All Early Bird applicants will receive a notice of acceptance or denial from their first-choice school by 7 p.m. Friday, April 9.
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:
- 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.
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 Office 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. Please contact Submittable’s tech support by phone at 855-467-8264 ext. 2 for assistance between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. You may also reach out to the help desk by email at email@example.com
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 Edit link 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 Settings area 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.
How can I get Submittable Tech Support?
Phone: 855-467-8264 ext. 2 for assistance between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
For more help, please visit the Submittable Help page.
Taking the Exam (Bates, Chrysler and FLICS only)
Are students required to take the exam in-person?
Applicants are required to take the exam in-person. For the Early Bird window, the exam will be administered online at each school building on the following dates:
- Saturday March 6, 2021: Bates Academy, 19701 Wyoming, Detroit MI 48221
- Saturday March 13, 2021: Chrysler Elementary School, 1445 E. Lafayette, Detroit MI 48207
- Saturday March 20, 2021: Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School, 6501 W. Outer Drive, Detroit MI 48235
When will my student take the test?
You may select your test date and location when completing the application. Please note that the application must be submitted in order to confirm your test session.
How many students will take the test at any given time?
In an effort to ensure social distancing, no more than 10 students will be assigned to the same classroom during each test session.
How can I prepare my student for the exam? Do you offer any practice tests or study guides?
The test measures cognitive ability. Students cannot prepare for it in advance. Please, however, ensure that your child has had a nutritious meal and is well rested before their exam.
Will there be an opportunity to retake the exam?
No. Students will not be allowed to retake the exam within the same admissions cycle.
What should I do if I miss the exam?
Please complete this survey for students who missed their test date or need to request an alternate test date. Please submit the request within 72 hours of the missed exam. We will do our best to schedule an alternate date.
If my student applies to all three K-8 exam schools, will he/she need to take the test more than once?
For the 2021-22 admissions cycle, Bates, Chrysler and FLICS will use the same entrance assessment. Students will only be required to take the test once. Students applying to grades 2 and above in the Academy of the Americas will take a separate assessment to determine their Spanish language proficiency. The school will contact applicants to schedule the assessment.
Are students required to wear a mask?
Yes, students are required to wear a mask during the testing session. A temperature check will be required upon arrival. Students with a temperature above 100.4 degrees will be reassigned to a make-up test date at least two weeks after their assigned date.
My student has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Will he/she receive accommodations during the Bates Academy, Chrysler, or FLICS exam?
IEPs will be reviewed before the exam is administered. Students who require accommodations will receive them. Not all students who have IEPs are eligible for accommodations.