Frequently Asked Questions About Enrollment
General Enrollment Questions
We are moving to the area and would like to tour several of your buildings as we look at housing. Is that possible?
Absolutely. During the school year, you may contact any of the building offices to set up a tour, or contact the district office at (734-424-4100) for assistance. Most of our buildings are generally closed for maintenance during the summer, but we will try our best to give you a look around if possible -- just contact the district office.
Elementary School Enrollment
How do we know whether to enroll our student in the young five or kindergarten program?
On February 26th, the Y5-2 principals will host building tours from 6:00pm-7:00pm, followed by an information session. This is the perfect opportunity to ask questions about curriculum, school readiness, and to help you decide whether young 5 or kindergarten would be a better fit for your child. This event is for adults only. For further questions, please contact the Bates (424-4130) or Cornerstone offices (424-4120),
How are students assigned to Y5-2 buildings?
We assign students to each building with the goal of balancing demographics and class size. Which K-2 building students attend has nothing to do with where you live -- buses drop off students for Bates and Cornerstone at the bus loop and students walk to their respective buildings. Students with an older sibling currently enrolled in an elementary building will be assigned to the same building. Otherwise, students are assigned randomly to each building. Within buildings, we strive to balance classrooms in terms of numbers, gender, and age.
When will we know our young 5/kindergarten student's building assignment?
Students whose preregistration is complete prior to June 1st will be assigned to a building and notified by the end of June. Later registrations will be assigned to a building in August when administrators return.
When will we learn our student's classroom assignment?
Classroom assignments are sent to young 5 through sixth grade students approximately two weeks before school starts. Mill Creek students receive their teaching team assignment approximately one week before orientation, and receive their course assignments at orientation. Dexter High School students generally receive their draft fall schedules in June; final schedules are distributed on the first day of school.
We are moving out of the district in the middle of the school year, but would like to finish the school year here. Is that possible?
Yes. Include that information when you return the Change of Address form to your school building.
We have to move this summer and are unable to find another home within the district, but would like our children to continue to attend DCS. Is that possible?
If your new situation is temporary, for example, renting an apartment while you build a home or wait to close on a house within the district, we can request a one-year release from your new district. If you are purchasing a home nearby but would like to stay in the district, you can apply for School of Choice spots. Dexter is a limited enrollment School of Choice district, which means we accept applications in two limited windows in the spring for the following school year. Once you apply and are accepted as school of choice students, you do not have to re-apply each year. If you aren't sure where you will be moving to but would like to preserve that option, we recommend you apply for School of Choice in the spring.