Schools of Choice in Macomb County

Did you just move but your child doesn't want to move schools? Well, Macomb County residents (and some non-residents) are in luck because now you can enroll students in the district of your choice.

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Summer is around the corner, and while next school year may be the farthest thing on your mind, if you are planning on changing districts, now is the time to start looking at your options.

Districts across Macomb County offer School of Choice options, which means that they are accepting applications for students outside of their district and some even outside of Macomb County.

“I think families have a lot of great choices,” says Roberta Farina, the supervisor of pupil accounting for Macomb Intermediate School District. “Start with local schools and do your homework.”

Where ever you choose, it all comes down to parent involvement; the key to a child’s success is the parent, she adds.

One resource Farina suggests is mischooldata.org, which shows average test scores, graduation rates, and even how the district uses education funds. She also recommends looking at district websites to get an idea of class sizes, curriculum, the school’s culture and social events. Finally, you can look into open houses and visit the schools to get an idea of whether or not this school would be a good fit for you and your child.

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While you are doing your research, the most important factor to consider is that there are two types of enrollment: unlimited and limited.

With unlimited enrollment, candidates have a registration window that usually lasts until the first day of class of the new school year, whereas limited schools have a 15-30 day window to fill their available spots. Limited schools also tend to only apply to certain grades or schools within the district, whereas unlimited is usually district-wide.

If you have decided that this option is a good fit for your family, make sure to do your research and enroll as soon as possible. For a head start, refer to this list of Macomb County school districts that offer Schools of Choice.

Anchor Bay Schools

  • District phone number: 586-725-2861
  • School of Choice rules: Limited Spots for Grades 9-12. Parents are responsible for transportation to and from school.
  • 2020 date information: K-11: Feb. 24-Aug. 28, 2020; 12: May 1-30, 2020

Armada Area Schools

  • District phone number: 586-784-2112
  • School of Choice rules: Non-resident students are ineligible for interscholastic sports for a full semester. Parents are responsible for transportation, however students can take a bus from a stop within the district boundaries. Once enrolled, students do not need to renew approval annually; they are able to attend the district’s schools until graduation.
  • 2020 date information: Enrollment dates: To be announced

Center Line Public Schools

  • District phone number: 586-510-2000
  • School of Choice rules: Limited openings for grades 1-12. Macomb County residents only. Parents are responsible for transportation.
  • 2020 date information: Application deadline: March 31

Chippewa Valley Schools

  • District phone number: 586-723-2000
  • School of Choice rules: Open for grades K-11. Available to residents of Macomb County. Parents are responsible for transportation.
  • 2020 date information: Applications available Feb. 15-Aug. 15

Clintondale Community Schools

  • District phone number: 586-791-6300
  • School of Choice rules: Unlimited openings for Macomb residents in grades K-12. Parents responsible for transportation.
  • 2020 date information: To be announced

Eastpointe Community Schools

  • District phone number: 586-533-3000
  • School of Choice rules: Openings vary by school. Some elementary schools have grades K-2, others 3-5; middle schools: 6-8 open; high school: 9-10 open. Available to residents of Macomb, Wayne, Oakland, St. Clair and Lapeer counties. Parents responsible for transportation. Eligible students may have a maximum of two suspensions resulting in at most, 10 days missed.
  • 2020 date information: To be announced

Fitzgerald Public Schools

  • District phone number: 586-757-1750
  • School of Choice rules: Unlimited openings for Macomb, Oakland and Wayne County residents
  • 2020 date information: K-5 enrollment: March 3-Sept. 11; 6-12 enrollment: March 3-Aug. 21

Fraser Public Schools

  • District phone number: 586-439-7000
  • School of Choice rules: Unlimited spaces in K-11 for Macomb County residents. Parents responsible for transportation.
  • 2020 date information: Applications accepted Feb. 1-Sept. 8

Lake Shore Public Schools

  • District phone number: 586-285-8481
  • School of Choice rules: Unlimited spaces in grades K-11 for Macomb County residents.
  • 2020 date information: Applications and all documents due Sept. 11 for consideration

Lakeview Public Schools

  • District phone number: 586-445-4000
  • School of Choice rules: Limited spaces for grades 1-8 and 10; unlimited spaces for kindergarten and grade 9; Macomb County residents only.
  • 2020 date information: Application deadline is Aug. 21. If accepted, registration must be completed by Aug. 28

L’Anse Creuse Public Schools

  • District phone number: 586-783-6300
  • School of Choice rules: Unlimited spaces for grades K-8; limited spaces for grades 9 and 10.
  • 2020 date information: K-8 applications due between Feb. 3 and Sept.11; 9 and 10 applications due between May 1 and May 31

Mount Clemens Community Schools

  • District phone number: 586-469-6100
  • School of Choice rules: Unlimited spots available in grades K-12. Parents responsible for transportation.
  • 2020 date information: To be announced

New Haven Community Schools

  • District phone number: 586-749-5123
  • School of Choice rules: Unlimited spots for K-12. Macomb County residents only; siblings of current students are given priority. Family responsible for transportation and students are required to be picked up no later than 15 minutes after the end of school.
  • 2020 date information: March 2-Sept. 11, 2020

Richmond Community Schools

  • District phone number: 586-727-3565
  • School of Choice rules: Unlimited spots available for K-12. In the event that spots run out, there will be a lottery held. Parents are responsible for transportation, though they may have the option of taking their children to a pre-approved bus stop in the district.
  • 2020 date information: Applications accepted April 1-Sept. 10 (Thursday after Labor Day)

Romeo Community Schools

  • District phone number: 586-752-0200
  • School of Choice rules: Unlimited spots available for K-11. Intradistrict transfers only available between middle schools.
  • 2020 date information: Applications available March 2-Sept. 11

Roseville Community Schools

  • District phone number: 586-445-5500
  • School of Choice rules: Unlimited spots for K-12. Parents responsible for transportation.
  • 2020 date information: Applications available Feb. 27-Sept. 11

South Lake Schools

  • District phone number: 586-435-1600
  • School of Choice rules: Unlimited spots available for K-12. Parents responsible for transportation.
  • 2020 date information: Accepting applications Feb. 22-Aug. 28

Utica Community Schools

  • District phone number: 586-797-1000
  • School of Choice rules: Unlimited spots for K-12. Residents of Macomb, Oakland, Wayne, Lapeer and St. Clair counties encouraged to apply. Parents responsible for transportation.
  • 2020 date information: March 9-Sept. 4, 2020

Van Dyke Public Schools

  • District phone number: 586-757-6600
  • School of Choice rules: Unlimited spots for Macomb County residents in K-12. Limited spots for non-Macomb residents in K-6, 9 and 10. If a non-resident is accepted and has a sibling in grades 7, 8, 11 or 12, their sibling will be considered for a spot. Parents responsible for transportation.
  • 2020 date information: Applications accepted March 9-Aug. 21

Warren Consolidated Schools

  • District phone number: 888-492-7543
  • School of Choice rules: Unlimited spots for K-12. Parents responsible for transportation. Student must be a Macomb County resident to apply.
  • 2020 date information: March 2-Sept. 11, 2020

Warren Woods Public Schools

  • District phone number: 586-439-4401
  • School of Choice rules: Unlimited spots for K-12. Parents responsible for transportation. Student must be a Macomb County resident to apply.
  • 2020 date information: Feb. 24-Aug. 19, 2020

For more information, visit the Macomb Intermediate School District website.