Eighth graders encouraged to consider high school options

Eighth graders across Dearborn Public Schools and their families are being encouraged to consider if one of our specialized high school programs might be a good fit for their child.

Applications have opened for future 9th graders and will be due by mid-March for four special programs.

High achieving students can consider applying for the Dearborn Center for Math, Science and Technology.  Applications are also now being taken for our three Henry Ford Early College schools. 

The Early College allows students to attend a blend of high school and college classes for five years at no cost to the family.  At the end of that time, students can graduate high school and obtain either an associate degree or trade certification from Henry Ford College.  The original Henry Ford Early College focuses on health careers. The Henry Ford Early College Advanced Manufacturing focuses on select trades and technology-related programs.  The newest Henry Ford Early College School of Education is for students interested in pursuing a career in education, including future teachers.

All of the Early College schools are housed at Henry Ford College.  Transportation is provided for district students from their home high schools – Dearborn High, Edsel Ford and Fordson.  The three schools also accept students from outside the district.

To learn more about applying, visit the HFEC website. Eighth grade students currently enrolled in a Dearborn Public School received an application form in their student email.  Each Early College school accepts 54 students a year.  Applications are due by March 15.

Dearborn Public Schools offers a fourth combined high school and college program called the Henry Ford Collegiate Academy.  However, students do not start that program until 11th grade, after qualifying on the PSAT the previous school year.

Current eighth graders can also consider applying for the Dearborn Center for Math, Science and Technology (DCMST), a half-day program for academically high achieving high school students.  Students take half their classes at their home high school and are bused to and from DCMST at the Dearborn Heights campus for the other half of the day.  Students can still participate in all clubs and activities at their home high school.DCMST accepts 90 students a year.  To learn more about applying, visit the DCMST website.  Applications are due by March 12. 

An online parent meeting for interested families is set for Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. Connect to the Zoom meeting here. Meeting ID: 893 3168 4800. Passcode: 933521