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Kindergarten/Young 5

Kindergarten and Young 5 Enrollment

The Dexter Early Elementary Complex (or DEEC, pronounced “Deck”) is made up of two school wings, Anchor and Beacon. Incoming students are placed in classes in order to balance demographics and class sizes. We attempt to keep Y5-grade 2 siblings in the same wing.

Michigan law requires students to be five years old by September 1st in order to enroll in Kindergarten or Young 5; parents of students born September 2nd through December 1st (12/1 included) may also enroll their students, if appropriate. Per state law, there are no exceptions to the December 1st cut off

Children who turn 5 between June 1 and December 1 are eligible for Young 5. If the child’s birthday falls Sept. 2 through Dec. 1 we highly encourage a Y5 placement. The decision whether to enroll a late-summer birthdate 5-year-old in Young 5 vs. Kindergarten is something we recommend discussing with our staff so we can find the developmentally appropriate program for each student.

  • Schools of Choice Application Window: February 15-28th. Families will be notified of their status by March 7th. 
  • Virtual Information Night: February 27, 2024 at 6pm. Here is the link to the webinar recording.
  • DEEC Open House: March 5th 5:30pm-7pm - Come tour our school and meet our staff with your incoming student!
  • Online Registration for fall 2024 opens March 11, 2024.  
  • Kindergarten/Y5 Kickoff: May 30, 5:30pm-6:30pm at the DEEC playgrounds. Climb aboard a Dexter school bus, meet some teachers, and make some new friends. Finish paperwork if you haven't already.


Dexter Community Education, located in Bates School at 2704 Baker Road, provides after school and no-school day care for students in young five through 6th grade. Please see their website for detailed information.