Schools of Choice

Update 4-5-2018:

For the 2018-19 school year, the district opened thirty schools of choice slots for the DHS IB Programme (ten students each in grades 9, 10, and 11) plus a minimum of one student in each grade level from Young Five through eighth grade. The first application window for the 2018-19 school year was February 15th-March 1st, 2018. The second application window for the 2018-19 school year will be July 25th - August 8th, 2018. 

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Schools of Choice Program Description

The Dexter Community Schools district is a limited schools of choice district. This means that we have two, two-week application windows  during which families can apply to attend as school of choice students for the following fall. Each year, we look at our current enrollment and estimate the number of students we can accept for schools of choice slots. We publish the openings when we open the application window. For fall, 2018, the second application window will be July 25th-August 8th, 2018. Here is the schools of choice application, which can only be submitted between July 25th-August 8th, 2018.  Applicants will be notified of their status within five business days o f the window closing. 


Students are required to live in the Washtenaw ISD school district or a school district within a different ISD or ESA that borders on the Washtenaw Intermediate School District. No transportation is provided for schools of choice students. 

Guidelines for High School Students Only:

Our schools of choice program requires high school students to participate in the IB Diploma Programme. To be eligible for the IB program, students must be in good standing and on target to graduate with their class. They must intend to become International Baccalaureate Programme students in the appropriate year as stated above and live in a Washtenaw ISD school district or a school district within a different ISD that borders on the Washtenaw Intermediate School District. 

Students who enroll in this schools of choice option will be required to enroll in and successfully complete courses in their International Baccalaureate and pre-International Baccalaureate course schedule, making progress toward the requirements of the Diploma Programme.

How to Apply

Applications are only accepted during the application window. During the application window, submit the application to any of our school offices to any of our school offices in person, via fax, or via email

Frequently Asked Questions

The application forms asks for a transcript but my child is entering kindergarten and doesn't have one. Students entering kindergarten or young five do not need to provide a transcript. 

Do I have to apply for my current SOC student's siblings to attend or are they automatically granted a spot? You must apply separately for each student. Siblings of currently enrolled students receive priority for SOC openings. In the event that we receive more applications than we have space for, we conduct a lottery of all eligible students and keep a waiting list in case some accepted students decline enrollment. 

Does my elementary-aged student have to be an IB candidate to qualify for schools of choice slots? No, only high school applicants.

I know the young five program has limited space, does getting a SOC spot guarantee a young five spot? No. All SOC spots depend upon the available space in each grade. 

We may be moving in the summer and are not sure if we can find housing in Dexter, but would like to stay in the district. How should we proceed? Please contact our office for guidance regarding your specific situation.

When will we know the status of our application? Applicants are notified within five business days of the window closing. 

Will we have to reapply each subsequent year? No, once a child is accepted as a schools of choice student in Dexter, he/she may complete their education within the district as long as he or she lives at a SOC-eligible address and remains a student in good standing. 

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