DPSCD Helps Families and Students Prepare to Go Back to School: September 4, 2018

Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) in collaboration with the DPS Foundation is encouraging all families to be ready for the first day of school, Tuesday, September 4, 2018. During the month of August, the District will host community Pop-up Enrollment Centers, DPSCD Day!, accept uniform donations, and much more to ensure every student is first-day-ready, because every school day counts.

“DPSCD is undergoing an unprecedented transformation,” said Nikolai Vitti, DPSCD Superintendent. “The District has accomplished a great amount of work after just one year, and we appreciate your support as we continue to build a stronger foundation for public education in Detroit. During the 2018-2019 school year you’ll begin to see new programs, more opportunities for parental involvement, the new K-8 curriculum and high schools focused on career and college readiness.”

During the 2017-2018 school year, DPSCD reintroduced the PTA, launched the Parent Academy, and initiated teacher home visits. This fall the District will begin implementation of its School Advisory Councils (SACs), which will ensure the community is at the table when school principals develop their School Improvement, Discipline and Enrollment Plans.

Next school year also brings a new reading and math curriculum aligned to Common Core State Standards for all students in grades K-8. This means K-8 students will be taught at their expected grade level, which ensures they will be more likely to perform at grade level and eventually be college and/or career ready. An art or music program will be expanded to each school, along with physical education or gym, and our Cultural Passport program will enable K-5 students to participate in three culturally rich field trips. High school students will have expanded options at DPSCD’s career tech centers, which are directly connected to a career or college pipeline. Also, students who live in Detroit and graduate from a DPSCD school can qualify for the Detroit Promise Scholarship, a two or four-year scholarship at participating colleges and universities.

To assist families with enrollment, the District will host Pop-up Enrollment Centers at five community locations through the month of August, which will offer health services, including free immunizations, Exceptional Student Education services (formerly known as Special Education), and translation services. The pop-up centers will have enrollment specialists onsite to meet with families and discuss their child or children’s specific educational needs and interests.

In addition, families are invited to participate in DPSCD Day!, the District’s annual back-to-school event, which includes free admission to the Michigan Science Center on Saturday, August 11. In partnership with the Michigan Science Center and sponsored by the Ford Motor Company Fund, the purpose of DPSCD Day! is to showcase DPSCD’s schools and programs, with the goal to enroll students onsite and provide families with resources and materials about the District’s new K-8 English and Math Curriculum, art and music programs, career pathways, Parent Academy, revitalized CTE centers, and the District’s new brand – Students Rise. We All Rise. The back-to-school event will highlight how the District supports student achievement and its dedication to the Whole Child Commitment through programs such as ESE, athletics, transportation, PTA, health services, and so much more.

Additionally, the DPS Foundation will host a drive for school supplies and uniforms, which will be collected at the Pop-up Enrollment Centers Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The collection will be available at the District’s newly established Community Hubs, at Adult Ed Center East and Adult Ed Center West, the week prior to school starting for DPSCD families to shop for free.

Please save the dates:

  • Pop Up Enrollment Centers: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from July 30 through August 24 at Gompers Elementary-Middle School, Charles Wright Academy of Arts and Science, Mackenzie Elementary-Middle School, Brenda Scott Academy, Ronald Brown Academy and Earhart Elementary-Middle School. The Detroit Health Department will provide immunizations to children (birth to 18 years old) at several DPSCD Enrollment Centers. Families may fast-track services by calling the Immunizations Team today at 313-410-8142.
  • DPSCD Day!: Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Michigan Science Center from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Registration is required. For free tickets visit http://www.mi-sci.org/back2school.
  • School Supplies/Uniform Drive: Donate now at www.dpsfdn.org/, be sure to apply your donation to the 2018 Back to School Drive. Visit the Pop-up Enrollment Center locations to drop off your donated goods.
  • First Day of School: Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

For more on DPSCD’s back-to-school initiatives in support of Every School Day Counts, visit detroitk12.org.