District points of pride & by the numbers

Band students perform outside bleachers. Music says Pomp and Circumstance.

Districts Points of Pride

The Dearborn Public Schools is always working to improving instruction to ensure the very best educational programs, but there is always room for improvement.  Resting on past accomplishments will not meet the future needs of the children in our classrooms.  However, it is important to reflect and celebrate the accomplishments of our District.

✓ 95% graduation rate

✓ District of Distinction- National recognition for the School Improvement Process (SIP)

✓ 2018 Top District with Growth and Achievement as recognized by the Mackinac Center

✓ Becker Elementary named a 2017 Blue Ribbon School- A national award given by the U.S. Department of Education

✓ All three high schools rated in top percentile of their respective category by Bridge Magazine for the preparation of students for college

✓ All three high schools rated in the top 11% by US News (two silver medals and one bronze medal)

✓ Dearborn is in the 92nd percentile for student growth at a national level (NY Times)

✓ For the 12th time, recognized as “One of “Best Communities for Music Education” for instrumental and vocal music programs. (Only 16 districts in Michigan and 583 districts across the country recognized.)

✓ NWEA data shows growth above national averages across the board

✓ District State Champion as rated by Bridge Magazine as the Top District in the state versus other large districts


District by the Numbers

  • 34 schools, 41 programs
  • 3 non-instructional buildings
  • High school: five schools & three programs
  • Elementary: 19 schools
  • Intermediate grades 4-8: one school
  • Grades K-8: two schools
  • Middle school: five schools
  • Preschool: one school & 19 additional classrooms across the district
  • 2,800 staff members (one of the largest employers in Wayne County outside of Detroit)
  • 430 plus teachers hired in the past three years
  • 30% of staff are ELL endorsed
  • 21,301 students expected
  • 4,000 students added in the past 17 years
  • 800 student increase in 2016-17
  • 73% economically disadvantaged (15,734 students)
  • 50% English language learners (ELL) (10,000 students)
  • 10% immigrants (2,022 students)
  • 7% special education (1,524 students)
  • 2% refugees (500 students)
  • $305 million budget (all funds)
  • $227 million general fund
  • Nine operational funds
  • Over 20,000 line budgetary line items
  • 420+ responsibility centers
  • 74% funded by state