General Registration Information
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.
We have two K-2 buildings, Anchor and Beacon Elementary. They are mirror images of each other, attached by two large shared spaces called the Marketplace and Workshop. Together, Anchor and Beacon make up the Dexter Early Elementary Complex, or DEEC (pronounced "Deck"). Incoming students are placed at the buildings in order to balance demographics and class sizes. K-2 siblings will be placed at the same building; students typically stay at the same building they start at.
Here is a printable Y5-KG Registration Timeline with all the details for easy reference.
- DEEC Info Night - March 1, 6:00pm-7:00pm building tours, presentation by Principals at 7:00pm.
- Online Registration Opens March 2. Schools of Choice (SOC) families should wait until they are accepted to register. Families should complete online registration prior to roundup April 13 & 14.
- Half-day Young 5 Sign-up April 11, 10:00am
- Schools of Choice Application Window March 7-18; status notification by March 25.
- 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;
AND a utility bill (utility set-up email confirmation is fine) at that address.
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 email@example.com 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)
Email documents as outlined at the top of this page, or 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 (Monday through Thursday, 9am-3pm or by appointment 734-424-4102.)
- proof of residence
- copies of their birth certificates or passports (original copy will be verified in person)
- most recent report card for students entering grades 8 and up
- parent photo ID (a copy is fine)
- immunization records or health department waiver
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;
- AND a utility bill (utility set-up email confirmation is fine) at that address.
- 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:
- Dexter Community Schools - District Map
- Washtenaw County School Districts Map
- Michigan ISDs and ESAs Map
- If you are moving households and are unsure whether a particular address falls within the DCS boundaries, please contact our central offices at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-424-4102. The county mapping software used to verify addresses can be complicated to navigate, so we are happy to assist you searching for a particular address.
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