Schools of Choice
Please note: The second schools of choice application window for Fall 2020 was July 20-July 31st. Families who applied have been notified of their status. Dexter SOC is now closed for 2020. The next opportunity to apply, for fall 2021 enrollment, will be in late February or March of 2021.
The Dexter Community Schools district is a limited schools of choice district. This means that we have two, two-week application windows during which families can apply to attend as school of choice students for the following fall. Each year, we look at our current enrollment and estimate the number of students we can accept for schools of choice slots. Please read the detailed information below before applying.
No transportation is provided for schools of choice students.
30 slots for DHS IB Diploma Programme (10 in 9th grade, 10 in 10th grade, and 10 in 11th grade);
a minimum of 1 student in each grade level from Young 5/Kindergarten through 8th grade;
at least one slot for the Virtual School;
at least one slot for the Early Middle College.
Complete one application for each student and submit during the application window.
The first application window for Fall 2020 was February 26th through March 10th. Any remaining spots will be filled during the second application window, which will be July 20th - July 31st. We can only accept applications during the scheduled windows.
The second window application form will be posted here in July. If your student is entering first grade or higher, we will also need a copy of their 2019-20 report card along with the application, or a transcript for grades 10 and up.
- Here is a map of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District to check if your ISD/ESA borders it: WISD Boundaries
GUIDELINES FOR APPLICANTS FOR GRADES 9-11 ONLY
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. We use the student's transcript to make a preliminary determination as to whether the student would be successful in IB courses. If our administrators have any concerns about an applicant's potential for IB success, we will schedule a meeting with the student and parent/guardian for further consideration before offering a SOC slot.
- Students who are accepted and enroll as schools of choice students and later move to a new address may continue to attend Dexter as long as they remain continuously enrolled and live at an eligible address.
- Applications are good for enrollment through the end of the first week of the applicable school year.
- SOC families who wish to enroll additional siblings through the SOC program must do so individually during the application windows for the desired fall start.
- Currently enrolled students and siblings of currently enrolled students have first priority for available openings. In the event that the number of applications exceeds available space, we conduct a lottery of eligible applicants.
- Applications cannot be accepted outside of the application window.
- If you would like to receive a notification when the application window opens, send us an email at email@example.com
- You must complete a form for each student.
- Applications for students in first grade and higher must include a report card or transcript in order to be considered complete.
Dexter Community Schools does not discriminate when accepting applications for schools of choice. Special education status is not a factor in whether a student will be accepted for a schools of choice opening. It may make a difference for enrollment, however. This is outside of our control.
Per state law, Special Education funds stay in the student's resident ISD/ESA, so we must request a shared services agreement in order to enroll students who live outside of the Washtenaw ISD as schools of choice students. This is not guaranteed. If your student with special education services is accepted for an available SOC spot in Dexter, we will request copies of the IEP and any relevant documents to assist in requesting a shared services agreement.
Currently enrolled Dexter students who have an IEP and move out of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District but want to stay in Dexter as a schools of choice student must receive a shared services agreement or they may not be able to maintain Dexter enrollment.
If you are a parent/guardian of a student who enrolls as SOC and is later determined to have special education needs, we will pursue a shared services agreement at that time. However, SOC students who enroll and are subsequently identified as needing special education services will not be excluded from attending DCS on the basis of not getting a shared services agreement.
We recommend that parents/guardians considering Dexter for SOC and who do not live in Washtenaw County but have concerns that their student may need special education services first contact your local ISD or ESA for evaluation. This will ensure that your student gets services as soon as possible, as well as avoid potential disruptions to their education should they enroll as SOC, have identified special services needs, but not receive a shared services agreement from their home district.