POSTPONED -Kindergarten Roundups start March 18; learn about enrolling in Dearborn Public Schools

UPDATE 3/13/20 – ALL KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUPS ARE POSTPONED FOR NOW. DEARBORN PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED UNTIL APRIL 10. CHECK BACK FOR A NEW ROUNDUP SCHEDULE. PARENTS CAN STILL START KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATIONS ONLINE, BUT WILL NOT BE ABLE TO COMPLETE REGISTRATION UNTIL SCHOOLS REOPEN.

Dearborn Public Schools is inviting parents of next year’s kindergarten students to attend Kindergarten Roundup meetings at their local elementary school to learn more about starting school and how to enroll their child in the district.

Kindergarten Roundups will be held at all 21 of the District’s elementary schools this spring.  A full meeting schedule is listed below.

There are many reasons for parents to choose Dearborn Public Schools.  Dearborn Schools is proud to offer one of the lowest teacher-to-student ratios of any district in Wayne County, with an average classroom size of 22 students in kindergarten through second grade and 23 for third through fifth.  Dearborn students show above average academic growth each year as measured on national tests, and nearly all of our third grade students are expected to meet the state requirements for advancement under the Read by Third Grade Law.  Dearborn Schools also maintains a 95 percent high school graduation rate and has been recognized for the high number of students who enroll in college.

Kindergarten Roundups provide important information to parents with details about the special kindergarten schedule, needed student assessments, classroom structure and instruction, preparing your child for school, and more.  Enrolling students this spring, if possible, is also important so the district has accurate information to make staffing decisions for the fall.   

To enroll in kindergarten, students must be five years old by September 1 and live within the Dearborn Public School District. Waivers are available for students who will turn five after September 1 but before December 1.  For parents already living in the district, the waivers need to be submitted by June 1.  See the District website at https://dearbornschools.org/enroll for the waiver and more information.

Dearborn Public Schools also offers a free Young Fives program for students who will turn five between June 15 and December 1 this year.  That all-day program is offered at select schools and follows the kindergarten curriculum.  The extra year allows those children to better develop the academic and emotional skills they need to succeed in school. The following year they would enroll in kindergarten at their neighborhood school.

Space is limited for Young Fives, so interested parents should check for availability at the school they are interested in attending. Young Fives is held at DuVall, Geer Park, Haigh, Henry Ford, Lindbergh, Maples, McCollough, Oakman, River Oaks, Salina, Snow, Whitmore-Bolles and William Ford elementary schools.  For more information, contact Student Services at (313) 827-3005.  Busing is available only if the student will attend their home elementary and lives in an area where busing is provided.  In most cases, parents will need to provide transportation for their child.

Kindergarten parents should also be aware that Dearborn Schools this year will again use a special schedule for those students.  Kindergarteners will have a soft start, meaning half days of school for the first week of class from Aug. 31 to Sept. 3.  There will also be three additional kindergarten-only days off school on Sept. 25 and Nov. 20, 2020 and Feb. 5, 2021 to allow for additional professional development for kindergarten teachers.

Parents now have the option of starting student enrollment online.  Parents can save much of the paperwork by entering information online such as student name, birthday, address, and emergency contact information and completing some required forms electronically.  Parents or guardians will still need to visit the elementary school to provide documents and complete the kindergarten enrollment, but starting enrollment online should make that process simpler and quicker. Online pre-enrollment also can be found at https://dearbornschools.org/enroll.

To see which school your child would attend, visit our elementary school enrollment map, which is also available at www.dearbornschools.org/enroll, or call Student Services at (313) 943-3005.

View a copy of the special kindergarten calendar on our flyer in English or in Arabic.

Dearborn Public Schools 2020 Kindergarten Roundup Schedule:

Becker Elementary, Thursday, March 26, from 2 – 3 p.m. , 313-827-6950, Principal Zahra Zreik

DuVall Elementary, Thursday, March 19, registration at 6 p.m., program from 6:30-7:30 p.m., 313-827-2750, Principal Robert Attee

Geer Park Elementary, Wednesday, April 1, from 1 – 2:30 p.m., 313-827-2300, Principal Jamel Lawera

Haigh Elementary, Wednesday, March 25, from 5 – 6 p.m. 313-827-6200, Principal Zachary Short

Henry Ford Elementary, Friday, April 3, from 9 – 10 a.m., 313-827-4700, Principal Lamis Srour

Howard Elementary, Thursday, April 23, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.,  313-827-6350, Principal Mirvat Sabbagh

Howe School, Monday, April 27, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., 313-827-7000, Principal Tammy Fournier

Lindbergh Elementary, Wednesday, from March 25, 6 – 7 p.m., 313-827-6300, Principal Zainah Tiba

Long Elementary, Thursday, April 23, from 6 – 7 p.m. , 313-827-6100, Principal Veronica Jakubus

Lowrey School, Thursday, April 16, from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., 313-827-1800, Principal Rima Younes

Maples Elementary, Wednesday, April 22, from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., 313-827-6450, Principal Donna Jakubik

McCollough Elementary, Thursday, April 16, from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., 313-827-1700, Principal Chadi Farhat

McDonald Elementary, Thursday, March 19, from 9 – 10 a.m., 313-827-6700, Principal Adnan Moughni

Miller Elementary, Friday, April 17, from 2 – 3:20 p.m., 313-827-6850, Principal Radewin Awada

Nowlin Elementary, Wednesday, March 18, from 6 – 7 p.m., 313-827-6900, Principal  Joshua Tynan

Oakman Elementary, Thursday, March 26, from 9 – 10 a.m., 313-827-6500, Principal Mahmoud Abu-Rus

River Oaks Elementary, Wednesday, March 25, from 1:30 – 3 p.m., 313-827-6750, Principal Joseph Martin

Salina Elementary, Friday, March 27, from 8 – 9 a.m., 313-827-6550, Principal Susan Stanley

Snow Elementary, Wednesday, April 15, from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. and 5-6 p.m., 313-827-6250, Principal Amal Alcodray

Whitmore-Bolles Elementary, Friday, March 20, from 9 – 10 a.m., 313-827-6800, Principal Kristin Waddell

William Ford Elementary, Wednesday, March 25, from 9 – 10 a.m., 313-827-6400, Principal David Higgins