Dearborn Public Schools invites parents of next year’s kindergarten students to attend Kindergarten Roundup meetings at their local elementary school to learn more about starting school and how to enroll their child in the district.
Kindergarten Roundups will be held at all 21 of the district’s elementary schools this spring.
Roundups provide important information to parents with details about the special kindergarten schedule, needed student assessments, classroom structure and instruction, preparing children for school, and more. Enrolling students this spring, if possible, is also important so the district has accurate information to make staffing decisions for the fall.
To enroll in kindergarten, students must be 5 years old by Sept. 1 and live in the district. Waivers are available for students who will turn 5 between Sept. 1 and Dec. 1. For parents already living in the district, the waivers need to be submitted by June 1. For a waiver and more information, go to https://dearbornschools.org/enroll.
DPS also offers a free Young Fives program for students who will turn 5 between June 15 and Dec. 1. That all-day program is offered at select schools and follows the kindergarten curriculum.
The extra year allows those children to better develop the academic and emotional skills they need to succeed in school. The following year they would enroll in kindergarten at their neighborhood school.
Space is limited for Young Fives, so interested parents should check for availability at the school they are interested in attending. Young Fives is held at Geer Park, Haigh, Henry Ford, Lindbergh, Lowrey, Maples, McCollough, McDonald, Oakman, River Oaks, Salina, Whitmore-Bolles and William Ford elementary schools. For more information, contact Student Services at 313-827-3005.
Busing is available only if the students will attend their home elementary and lives in an area where busing is provided. In most cases, parents will need to provide transportation for their child.
DPS this year again will use a special schedule for those students. Kindergarteners will have a soft start, meaning half days of school for the first week of class from Aug. 26 to 29. There will also be two additional kindergarten-only days off school on Sept. 27 and Feb. 7, 2020, to allow for additional professional development for those teachers.
New this year for parents will be the option of starting student enrollment online. Parents can save much of the paperwork by entering information online such as student name, birthday, address, and emergency contact information and completing some required forms electronically.
Parents or guardians will still need to visit the elementary school to provide documents and complete the enrollment, but starting enrollment online should make that process simpler and quicker. Online pre-enrollment can also be found at https://dearbornschools.org/enroll.
To view enrollment boundaries, go to https://studentservices.dearbornschools.org/school-attendance-area, or call Student Services at 313-943-3005.
DPS 2019 Kindergarten Roundup Schedule
Becker, March 18, 9 to 10 a.m.
DuVall, March 14, 6 p.m. registration, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. program
Geer Park, April 17, 1 to 3 p.m.
Haigh, March 27, 5 to 6 p.m.
Henry Ford, March 20, 9 to 10 a.m.
Howard, April 11, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Howe, April 22, 5 to 6 p.m.
Lindbergh, March 20, 6 to 7 p.m.
Long, March 21, 6 to 7 p.m.
Lowrey, April 17, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Maples, April 24, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
McCollough, April 16, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
McDonald, April 17, 8:45 to 9:45 a.m.
Miller, April 23, noon to 1 p.m.
Nowlin, March 12, 6 to 7 p.m.
Oakman, March 28, 9 to 10:30 a.m.
River Oaks, March 26, 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Salina, March 22, 8:10 to 9:10 a.m.
Snow, April 10, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Whitmore-Bolles, April 22, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
William Ford, March 26, 9 to 10 a.m.