Application Schools

  • The Early Bird application for admission to an Application School for Fall 2021 will open Noon Monday, February 8. For more information, please complete our interest survey. You will receive advance notice of the application window, as well as other relevant updates.

    Application Schools Interest Survey

    Application School Admissions

    Detroit Public Schools Community District offers a variety of specialty programs that require an application and some minimal qualifications for admission. The programs include Gifted, Accelerated, Foreign Language Immersion, Aviation, Science and Medicine, Media Arts, Fine and Performing Arts, African-Centered Education and Single-Gender Education.

    For the 2021-22 academic school year, there will be one, uniform online application available. Individual schools may have supplemental components of their application, i.e. an exam, essay questions, interviews, etc. and additional enrollment forms will be required from students who are accepted. Schools will contact families directly to complete these supplemental components once the online application has been received. 

    Please be sure to review school programming and requirements on the Application School List page before applying.


    K-8 Application Schools

    • Academy of the Americas (K-8)
    • Bates Academy (K-8) 
    • Burton International Academy (K-8)
    • Charles Wright Academy (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 International Academy for Young Women
    • Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men

    Montessori Schools

    Detroit Public Schools Community District offers three Detroit Public Montessori schools
    • Edison Elementary (Pre-K to 3)
    • Edmonson Elementary (Pre-K to 6)
    • Palmer Park Preparatory Academy (Pre-K to 6)

    We are no longer accepting applications for Fall 2020. 

    Click here to learn more about the Montessori Program

    Fine and Performing Arts Schools

    Detroit School of Arts and its feeder schools, collectively DSA Pathways, will be enrolling students in grades 9-12, and the feeder schools will be enrolling students in grades 6-8. 

    The DSA Pathways schools include:

    • Detroit School of Arts (high school)
    • Duke Ellington Art and Music Conservatory at Beckham (eastside)
    • John R King Academic and Performing Arts Academy (westside)
    • Spain Elementary-Middle School (midtown)
    • Brenda Scott Academy for Theater Arts (northeast)

    In addition to completing the online application, students will need to audition and/or interview to be accepted to a DSA Pathways school.


    Click here to learn more about the DSA Pathways


    Enrolling in DPSCD

    For general information about enrolling in the schools above, or any other District school, click here.