Schools of Choice

The window to apply for fall 2017 will be March 20-31st, 2017.

Here is the Schools of Choice ApplicationPlease note that we cannot accept any applications outside of the application window. Any received before March 20th or after March 31st at 3pm will be returned. 

For the 2017-18 school year, the district will open thirty schools of choice slots for the DHS IB Programme (ten students each in grades 9, 10, and 11) plus a minimum of one student in each grade level from Young Five through eighth grade.

Schools of Choice Program Description

The Dexter Community Schools district is a limited schools of choice district. This means that we have a two-week window each spring during which families can apply to attend as school of choice students. Each year, we look at our current enrollment and estimate the number of students we can accept for schools of choice slots. If there are remaining openings after the first application window, we open a second two-week application window. 

Students are required to live in a Washtenaw ISD school district or a school district within a different ISD that borders on the Washtenaw Intermediate School District. 

Guidelines for High School Students Only:

Our schools of choice program requires students to apply for IB the IB program. To be eligible for the IB program, students must be in good standing and on target to graduate with their class.  They must intend to become International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme students in the appropriate year as stated above and live in a Washtenaw ISD school district or a school district within a different ISD that borders on the Washtenaw Intermediate School District. 

Students who enroll in this schools of choice option will be required to enroll in and successfully complete courses in their International Baccalaureate and pre-International Baccalaureate course schedule making progress toward the requirements of the Diploma Programme.

How to Apply

The application will be posted here by the end of the day March 17th, or you may obtain a hard copy from school offices starting March 20th. During the application window, submit the application to any of our school offices to any of our school offices in person, via fax, or via email. Applications must be received no earlier than March 20, 2017, and no later than 3pm, March 31st. Young Five and Kindergarten applicants will be notified of their status April 11th so they may participate in Young Five & Kindergarten Roundup on April 12th & 13th. All other applicants will be notified by April 14th. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Does my elementary aged student have to be an IB candidate to qualify for schools of choice slots? No, only high school applicants.

I know Young Five is a limited program, does getting a SOC spot guarantee a Young Five spot? No. You should apply for the schools of choice slot first, which gives you a chance to apply for a Young Five placement during kindergarten roundup. 

We may be moving in the summer and are not sure if we can find housing in Dexter, but would like to stay in the district. How should we proceed? Please contact our office for guidance regarding your specific situation.

When will we know the status of our application? Approximately one week after the window closes. Because Young Five and Kindergarten Roundup is April 12th and 13th, 2017, Young Five and Kindergarten applicants only will be notified on April 10th of their status. Applicants for other grades will be notified of their status by April 14th

Will we have to reapply each subsequent year? No, once a child is accepted as a schools of choice student in Dexter, he/she may complete their education within the district.

What if I want my Young Five student to attend schools of choice? Young Five is a first-come, first-served program. In order to hold your place in line for Young Five, parents must apply for schools of choice and be approved. 

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