How To Enroll

  • Welcome

    We are so glad you're here!

    Detroit Public Schools Community District is focused on equipping Detroit's children for lifelong success. With more than 100 schools and 50,000 students, Michigan's largest school district is experiencing a renaissance, and our children are at the heart of the transformation. 

    This transformation begins with the implementation of rigorous reading and math curricula for K-8 students, the commitment to counselors at every school and creating budgets that allow for art/music and gym at all schools. In addition, there are now more opportunities for parents to get involved through our Parent Teacher Associations and Parent Academy. 

    Our mission is to educate and empower students to become creative, confident adults who help build a stronger Detroit.  We believe we have the perfect school to meet your needs. Review the enrollment information provided below or call us today so that we can help you find that special place where your child will learn and grow.


    Detroit Public Schools Community District is a School of Choice District. The deadline for open enrollment for out-of-district students was September 7, 2018. Out-of-district students may still enroll after this date with a waiver from the school district where the student resides.

    Detroit residents may enroll in any general-admission school at any time during the school year. 


    Elementary/Middle: School bus transportation is provided for elementary/middle school students who live more than 3/4 of a mile from their assigned neighborhood school. 

    High School: Bus passes are provided to high school students who live 1.5 miles or more away from their assigned neighborhood school.

    Transportation is not provided to students who live in Detroit but reside outside of the neighborhood boundary of the school in which they are seeking to enroll.

    How to Enroll

    You may visit the school building during regular hours to complete and submit enrollment paperwork. Please note that schools may have school-specific documents that you may need to complete. Inquire about additional forms from the school of your choice. During spring break and the summer, DPSCD operates Pop-Up Enrollment Centers that are accessible when school buildings are closed. Contact the Office of Enrollment, at (313) 873-6345, for details.

    Before you go

    • Parent/guardian photo ID
    • Child’s birth certificate
    • Child's immunization record
    • Transcripts or report cards
    • Two forms of proof of address: Driver's license, Detroit ID, W-2, pay stub, public assistance documents, official government mail, utility bill, etc.

    When you go

    Print and complete the DPSCD enrollment form and bring it to the school in which you wish to enroll. Printed forms are also available at each school building. 

    Enrollment must be completed at the school building. Your child will not be enrolled until all required documents have been submitted. 

    Kindergarten Requirements

    Kindergarten students must be five years old by September 1. If the child will be five by December 1, you can inquire about a waiver.


    A student must be four years old by December 1. 

    Having difficulty enrolling in a school?

    Call the parent hotline at (313) 240-4377.

    Need language assistance? 

    Call our translation line at (866) 879-1195 for over the phone interpretation services.