Enrollment & Registration Info

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General Registration Information

Dexter Community Schools enrolls new students online using our Registration Gateway. This secure software allows new families to efficiently register their students online, and allows existing families to update their student information at any time. All registrations and updates are reviewed by school secretaries before changes are published. 

For new families, once the online registration has been submitted, you may bring the student's original birth certificate to the school office (or Copeland in the summer) to complete registration. Use the link at right to Enroll a New Student. 

For existing families, we send home letters in August reminding families to update each student's information. These letters include instructions. families can use the link at right to Update Student Information. For existing students with changes to their medical information, parents should also complete the Medical Update Form

***Be sure to format your student birthdate MM/DD/YYYY including the slashes.***

Please click on the headings below to expand the information on each topic. 

School-Year Enrollment

School-Year Enrollment

If you are enrolling a student during the school year, please contact the school office where your student will attend. Parents of young five through second grade students should use the Cornerstone office as your first point of contact. Students are assigned to Cornerstone or Bates depending on space.

  • Cornerstone/Bates -- young five through second grade (734) 424-4120
  • 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

Our enrollment process has two steps:

  1. Register your student online using the Enroll New Student link at right
  2. Come to the school office (during the school year) or the main office at Copeland (during the summer): 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter MI 48130 with an original birth certificate and proof of residence. 

Summer Enrollment

Summer Enrollment

For families enrolling during the summer months (Mid-June through the second full week of August), please contact our central office with enrollment questions:  (734) 424-4100, ext. 1002. We are generally available Monday through Thursday 8am-12pm and Friday 8am-11am to accept new student registrations, or you may make an appointment at another time that is convenient for you. 

Our enrollment process has two steps:

  1. Register your student online using the Enroll New Student link at right
  2. Come to the school office (during the school year) or the main office at Copeland (during the summer): 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter MI 48130 with an original birth certificate and proof of residence. 

Dexter High School is open for much of the summer, so those registrations may be brought directly to that building, if desired. 

Kindergarten and Young Five Enrollment

Kindergarten and Young Five Enrollment

Please see the top of this page for known issues with online registration.

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.)

For Fall 2018, we are changing the way we register young five and kindergarten students.

  • On January 8th, we will open online pre-registration for fall 2018. New families can complete this process by visiting this link: registration.dexterschools.org(If you registered other students online this year, you can use your existing registration gateway credentials to log in. Contact the main office to look that info up for you if needed). 
  • On March 7th, parents and guardians may tour Bates and Cornerstone from 6:00pm-7:00pm. At 7:00pm, all adults should head to Creekside cafeteria for an informational meeting and to turn in their final registration documents: birth certificate and proof of residence. Our staff can make copies, or families can bring their own copies to save time but we must see the original birth certificate. Following the informational meeting, we will make copies of documents for anyone who needs them. 
  • Space for our young five half-day program is extremely limited. Parents and guardians interested in half-day young five will receive numbers in line for the available spots at the informational meeting. 
  • Families who do not live in the Dexter district but are interested in enrolling may apply for schools of choice status in mid February. Please visit our schools of choice page for information on eligibility and the application process. 

Please note: Young five is primarily a full-day program. Space in our half-day young five program is very limited. Families wishing to enroll in the half-day young five program must appear in person at registration night in order to receive a place in line for a spot. Half-day spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please review the kindergarten/young five information page for further details. 

Schools of Choice Enrollment

Schools of Choice

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. For more information, please see our School of Choice page

Enrolling Students Who Have Been Accepted as School of Choice Students

Once your student has been accepted as a schools of choice student, please follow the regular registration procedures outlined on this page. 

Additional Registration Materials

Immunization Requirements Information

Change of Address

Change of Address

Already enrolled in the district but need to change your address with us? Please use the following form to do so: 

Proof of Residence

Proof of Residence

At enrollment, and any time you change your address, you will need to verify your eligibility to attend Dexter Community Schools. 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:  


  • 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 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).


District Maps

Contact Us
  • District Offices
    Copeland Administrative Building
    7714 Ann Arbor Street
    Dexter, MI 48130
  • M-F  8:00am - 4:00pm
    Summer Hours:
    M-Th 7:00am - 4:00pm
    Fri 7:00am-11:00am
  • (734) 424-4100
    (734) 424-424-4111 fax
  • info@dexterschools.org
  • Dexter Community Schools  734-424-4100
  • 7714 Ann Arbor Street,
    Dexter, MI 48130 
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