General Registration Information
COVID-19 CLOSURE PAPERWORK PROCESS
Kindergarten and Young Five Enrollment
Michigan law requires students to be five years old by September 1st in order to enroll in kindergarten. The young five program is designed for students with late summer and fall birthdays. The decision whether to enroll a late-summer birthday 5-year-old in young five vs. kindergarten is something we recommend discussing with our staff so we can find the developmentally appropriate program for each student. (Kindergarten waiver requests are available for students who will turn five between September 2nd and December 1st, please see the waiver request form for further information.) Children who turn 5 between June 1 and December 1 are eligible for Young 5.
Here is a printable Y5-KG Registration Timeline with all the details for easy reference.
- Info Night - February 25, 6:00pm
- Fall Registration Opens March 1 - in-district families should complete by April 30th.
- Half-day Young 5 Sign-up April 12, 10:00am
- School of Choice Application Window April 19-30
KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION NIGHT VIDEO
- Link to Anchor-Beacon Virtual Tour
Please click on the headings below to expand the information on each topic.
Most recent property tax statement from your issuing tax authority;
-OR- Closing papers for a recent sale (feel free to redact financial info and/or social security numbers);
- OR- Contract to build a house with estimated completion date.
A lease in your name AND a utility bill (utility set-up email confirmation is fine) at that address;
-OR- A lease in your name and a written statement from the landlord that utilities are included;
-OR- A notarized statement from a Dexter Schools homeowner/taxpayer indicating that you share living space and the dates of residence (for example, in the case of living with relatives or friends long-term), in addition to that person's proof of residence.
FAMILIES IN TRANSITION:
All students must have an up-to-date immunization record or County Health Department immunization waiver in order to attend school.
Immunization Informational Items
Dexter Community Schools is a limited schools of choice district. This means we have two windows during which families from neighboring intermediate school districts can apply to attend DCS as school of choice students, based on available space. We can only accept SOC applications during the application windows for enrollment the following fall. Current Dexter students and their siblings have priority for available spaces. For more information, please see our School of Choice page.
Enrolling Students Who Have Been Accepted as School of Choice Students
After your student has been accepted as a schools of choice student, please follow the regular registration procedures outlined on this page. Currently enrolled students who moved out of the district and are accepted to stay as schools of choice students do NOT have to re-enroll online.
- Dexter Community Schools - District Map*
- Washtenaw County School Districts Map
- Michigan ISDs and ESAs Map
We understand that these maps can be hard to read if you are on a border. Please call our office at 734-424-4102 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be happy to get you a definitive answer about a particular property address. We don't recommend relying on info from neighbors or real estate agents because sometimes they are (understandably, since some sites are complicated!) mistaken.
Anchor/Beacon -- young 5 through second grade (734) 424-4120/424-4130
Wylie -- third and fourth grade (734) 424-4140
Creekside -- fifth and sixth grade (734) 424-4160
Mill Creek -- seventh and eighth grade (734) 424-4150
Dexter High School -- ninth through twelfth grade (734) 424-4240 (click here for DHS-specific instructions)
Come to the school office (during the school year) or the main office at Bates School (during the summer): 2704 Baker Road, Dexter MI 48130 with the parent/guardian photo ID, an original birth certificate, proof of residence, and the student records release form (for students who have previously been previously enrolled in another district).
PLEASE NOTE: When you complete the online registration, you have the option to print out a record of your responses. You do NOT need to sign and return those printouts because they are replaced by the electronic signatures during registration, but may opt to print one for your own records.
Due to COVID-19, we are currently accepting registration documentation via email or fax. After completing online registration for each of your students, please email, fax or mail the following documents to the district offices at the addresses at the top of this page. Registration for fall 2021 will open March 1, 2021.
At enrollment, and any time you change your address, you will need to verify your eligibility to attend Dexter Community Schools. This applies to all students.
- "In District" students are those who live at an address within the DCS district boundaries. Students of divorced parents who have at least one parent living within DCS boundaries are eligible to attend Dexter Schools, regardless of which parent has physical custody.
- Schools of Choice students' residency documents must verify that they live in the Washtenaw Intermediate School District or a contiguous Intermediate School District (ISD).
The follow documents are acceptable to verify residence:
- Most recent property tax statement from your issuing tax authority;
- -OR- Closing papers for a recent sale (feel free to redact financial info and/or social security numbers);
- - OR- Contract to build a house with estimated completion date.
- A lease in your name AND a utility bill (utility set-up email confirmation is fine) at that address;
- -OR- A lease in your name and a written statement from the landlord that utilities are included;
- -OR- A notarized statement from a Dexter Schools homeowner/taxpayer indicating that you share living space and the dates of residence (for example, in the case of living with relatives or friends long-term), in addition to that person's proof of residence.
- Parents of students who are considered homeless per McKinney-Vento guidelines should complete the Temporary Residence Statement. No further documentation is required. More information is available on our Student Support Services page.
District Boundary Maps:
Parent Notification Regarding CHILD Custody
As per State and Federal Law (MCL 722.30 & FERPA), please be advised, Dexter Community Schools recognizes the equal rights of parents and guardians as indicated on a certified birth certificate or legal court order.
In cases where parents/guardians are legally separated, divorced, and/or those parents who simply have ongoing custody issues between them, the parental rights of both parties will be equally recognized by your child's school, unless and until a parent/guardian has a legal court order that specifically restricts or denies the non-custodial parent's access to the child at school, the child's school records, or other protective order.
To accommodate a custodial parent's request to deny a non-custodial parent's rights to access or information on a child, the school must have a copy of the most recent court order or file that indicates one parent's access and information rights are inhibited. Otherwise either parent with proper identification may have access to the child at school, request and receive information, and be included in the child's educational process.
Parents receive this notification during the enrollment process and sign off to indicate they have read and understand it.
Receive a free, appropriate public education;
Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment;
Enroll in school and attend classes while the school gathers needed documents;
Enroll in the local school, or continue attending their school of origin (the school they attended when permanently housed or the school in which they were last enrolled), if that is your preference and is feasible. (If the school district believes that the school you select is not in the best interest of your children, then the district must provide you with a written explanation of its position and inform you of your right to appeal that decision.)
Receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if you request this;
Receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to your children's needs.
- District Offices
2704 Baker Road
Dexter, MI 48130
- M-F 8:00am - 4:00pm
- (734) 424-4100
(734) 424-424-4108 fax