A Metro Detroit Parent’s Guide to Public Schools in Wayne County

Explore Wayne County public schools, providing quality education for K-12 students, with details on offerings and facilities.

Every child should have access to a high-quality education. Public school districts in Wayne County strive to provide exactly that for children in grades K-12.

Whether you’re pleased with the school options near you, looking to move to another district or perhaps seeking a school of choice, this guide gives a baseline of information to make that decision.

Note: Be aware that not all public schools offer the option to transfer, and some only accept students from outside districts for certain grade levels depending on pupil count. Check with any of these schools for their most up-to-date policy.

A few notes about the data

Numbers of students are updated for the 2023-24 school year, via the MI School Data portal. Pupil-to-teacher ratios and per-pupil expenditures are accurate for the 2022-23 school year, per data released by the Michigan Department of Education. Note that expenses reflect total general fund expenditures, including community services and debt payment, among other factors.

Featured public schools in Wayne County

In this section, Metro Parent’s advertising partners share their public school offerings. 

Grosse Pointe Public School System

Young Fives attending the Grosse Pointe Public School System
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  • Address: 20601 Morningside Drive, Grosse Pointe Woods
  • Phone: 313-432-3003
  • Grades served: Young 5-Grade 12
  • NOS: 6,400

At the Grosse Pointe Public School System, we are committed to providing a safe and healthy learning environment for our students, employees and families.

We offer 27 advanced placement classes, 30 varsity sports, 120 high school teams and eight career and technical education programs. Our teachers are among the best in the state with 88% having a master’s degree or higher. We are proud to be GP!

Livonia Public Schools

Photo credit: Livonia Public Schools

  • Address: 15125 Farmington Road, Livonia
  • Phone: 734-744-2500
  • Grades served: Pre-K-Post-Secondary
  • NOS: 13,200

Newly renovated schools! New STEM pathway extension from K-12; New Early Childhood Center; Japanese Dual Immersion Elementary School (one of four in the U.S.); Full spectrum of special education programs from early childhood through age 26; Gifted and Talented programs grades 1-12; Early Middle College; Dual Enrollment; Career Technical Education programs; Creative and Performing Arts high school program; Global Education high school program; award-winning athletics and robotics programs.

Wayne-Westland Community Schools

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  • Address: 36745 Marquette St., Westland
  • Phone: 734-419-2000
  • Grades served: PreK-12
  • NOS: 9,400

From virtual classes with live instructors, a credit recovery program to get high school students back on track and our award-winning career-technical courses designed to prepare students for the workforce, we offer a wide range of academic programming through various educational pathways to prepare students for college and careers through awareness, exploration and preparation.

More public schools in Wayne County

Allen Park Public Schools

  • Phone: 313-827-2100
  • NOS: 3,709
  • P:T: 23:1
  • PPE: $13,643

Highly involved parents from a close-knit community. Various early childhood education and care options as well as traditional and alternative high schools. State-of-the-art performance center for all schools.

Crestwood School District

  • Phone: 313-278-0906
  • NOS: 3,692
  • P:T: 20:1
  • PPE: $17,868

Teams up with three other Dearborn Heights districts for a variety of vocational programs. All schools offer ELL.

Dearborn Heights School District 7

  • Phone: 313-203-1000
  • NOS: 2,459
  • P:T: 17:1
  • PPE: $14,979

All-day kindergarten and bullying prevention program at elementary schools. 2:1 Chromebooks at K-5 and 1:1 in 6-12. Honors/AP and dual enrollment, plus drama, web and career vocational programs as well as many sports, clubs and organizations.

Dearborn Public Schools

  • Phone: 313-827-3000
  • NOS: 19,644
  • P:T: 21:1
  • PPE: $17,406

Honors and AP classes, dual enrollment, STEM Middle School, early childhood programs including free GSRP preschool for eligible families. Three Early College programs and award-winning Collegiate Academy. Graduation rate roughly 96 percent from Dearborn High School.

Detroit Public Schools Community District

  • Phone: 313-240-4377
  • NOS: 48,476
  • P:T: 23:1
  • PPE: $21,836

The state’s largest public education system focuses on preparing all students to be college and career ready. Champions a whole-child approach that merges academics, socio-emotional, extracurricular and health.

Ecorse Public Schools

  • Phone: 313-294-4750
  • NOS: 1,146
  • P:T: 26:1
  • PPE: $21,957

There’s 1:1 technology beginning in kindergarten. High school offers academic games, cosmetology, robotics and radio/television.

Flat Rock Community Schools

  • Phone: 734-535-6500
  • NOS: 1,782
  • P:T: 23:1
  • PPE: $15,605

High volume of registered parent and community volunteers. Cognia accredited. Young 5’s program, comprehensive athletics and extracurricular opportunities. Option for online learning with Flat Rock Academic Virtual Academy.

Garden City Public Schools

  • Phone: 734-762-8300
  • NOS: 3,240
  • P:T: 25:1
  • PPE: $17,213

The High School offers numerous AP courses as well as award-winning courses in band, chorus and dramatics. CTE opportunities include courses in Construction Trades, Engineering Technology and Graphic Communications. The district also offers accelerated opportunities for elementary students.

Gibraltar School District

  • Phone: 734-379-6350
  • NOS: 3,616
  • P:T: 23:1
  • PPE: $13,871

Engaging and individualized instruction at all levels including 1:1 technology and STEM offerings. Full virtual learning available grades K-12. Offers a wide variety of performing and digital arts offerings and clubs.

Grosse Ile Township Schools

  • Phone: 734-362-2555
  • NOS: 1,565
  • P:T: 22:1
  • PPE: $15,127

High Michigan Merit Scores. CTE opportunities, dual enrollment, AP courses and online courses for high school students.

Hamtramck Public Schools

  • Phone: 313-591-7400
  • NOS: 2,907
  • P:T: 22:1
  • PPE: N/A

Strong anti-bullying initiatives. Offers FIRST Lego Robotics, honors and AP classes. Children’s Hospital of Michigan school-based health center provides health care to students free of charge.

Harper Woods School District

  • Phone: 586-209-2400
  • NOS: 2,760
  • P:T: 32:1
  • PPE: $15,967

2:1 technology, expanded music education and athletics, K-12 inclusive. Dual enrollment, MYP International Baccalaureate, AP and CTE courses and certifications, MET-Labs, Advanced Degree programs. School of choice offered on an application basis.

Huron School District

  • Phone: 734-782-2441
  • NOS: 2,482
  • P:T: 22:1
  • PPE: $14,868

Set in a rural area, embraces “small-town values” and parent involvement. District’s vision is to inspire personal growth in every student and to ignite a passion for learning and leadership.

Lincoln Park Public Schools

  • Phone: 313-389-0200
  • NOS: 4,948
  • P:T: 26:1
  • PPE: $15,957

Free middle college opportunities, dual enrollment and CTE for high schoolers. Graduation rates above state average. Various athletic and performing arts opportunities, plus high school robotics and a K-12 STEM program.

Melvindale-Northern Allen Park Public Schools

  • Phone: 313-389-3300
  • NOS: 2,966
  • P:T: 25:1
  • PPE: $16,203

Small district embraces a diverse student population and prepares them to be successful citizens. Partnered with University of Detroit Mercy to allow students to earn college credits in engineering and robotics. Many dual enrollment options.

Northville Public Schools

  • Phone: 248-344-3500
  • NOS: 7,001
  • P:T: 22:1
  • PPE: $13,417

Provides students with a leadership foundation with Leader in Me Lighthouse status at all six elementary schools, IB World programming for middle and high school and a NAEYC accredited early childhood education program. NHS and Cooke School are Cognia accredited.

Plymouth-Canton Community Schools

  • Phone: 734-416-2700
  • NOS: 16,245
  • P:T: 21:1
  • PPE: $14,362

Diverse and inclusive learning environments. 1:1 tech device for grades K-12 plus STEM labs in each middle school. Three-school P-CEP high school campus offers placements in IB, Honors and AP. Strong athletics and activities/clubs, including national award-winning band, culinary and radio programs.

Redford Union Schools

  • Phone: 313-242-6000
  • NOS: 2,015
  • P:T: 22:1
  • PPE: $17,705

Early college and career program offerings, no-tuition preschool offerings and student clubs and athletics at the middle school. Grades 9-12 enjoy in-person, virtual and strong alternative program offerings, while Grades K-8 have individualized support programs.

River Rouge School District

  • Phone: 313-297-9600
  • NOS: 3,064
  • P:T: 28:1
  • PPE: $16,322

Provides dual enrollment, before- and after-school tutoring and performing arts. Has a Beaumont school-based healthcare center for ages 10-21.

Riverview Community School District

  • Phone: 734-285-9660
  • NOS: 2,775
  • P:T: 25:1
  • PPE: $12,711

Its Pirate mascot leads kids to strive for great things at one high school, one middle school and three elementary schools. Offers GSRP preschool, too.

Romulus Community Schools

  • Phone number: 734-532-1600
  • NOS: 2,145
  • P:T: 23:1
  • PPE: $18,844

Accelerated curriculum and two Blue Ribbon elementary schools. Free competitive athletics and music programs at the secondary level plus early college and virtual learning. Teen health center inside high school. Breakfast served at all schools.

South Redford School District

  • Phone: 313-535-4000
  • NOS: 2,797
  • P:T: 16:1
  • PPE: $15,939

Accredited by Cognia and has more than 20 sports. Next Generation classrooms, Chromebooks, robotics, digital arts, rigorous Eagle Scholars Program for grades 6-12, study abroad and specialized partnerships with the business community.

Southgate Community School District

  • Phone: 734-246-4600
  • NOS: 3,443
  • P:T: 25:1
  • PPE: $15,610

Offers Young 5 and before- and after-school care. Also, free preschool through GSRP at each elementary and tuition-based preschool.

Taylor School District

  • Phone: 734-374-1200
  • NOS: 5,620
  • P:T: 23:1
  • PPE: $17,790

Offers local neighborhood schools, welcoming staff and community connections and partnerships. All students receive free breakfast and lunch. The team is dedicated to ensuring a child has all of the tools they need to be successful.

Trenton Public Schools

  • Phone: 734-676-8600
  • NOS: 2,565
  • P:T: 22:1
  • PPE: $15,090

Cognia accreditation. Offers 17 AP classes and robust CTE programs. Standardized test scores place it among the top 10 districts in the county. Trenton High boasts one of the most successful music departments in the state.

Van Buren Public Schools

  • Phone: 734-697-9123
  • NOS: 4,293
  • P:T: 22:1
  • PPE: $16,350

Offers a New Tech program with project-based learning for high schoolers as well as many options for dual enrollment college programs. Everyday math implementation for K-6 and a Gifted and Talented program.

Westwood Community School District

  • Phone: 313-565-1900
  • NOS: 1,509
  • P:T: 23:1
  • PPE: $23,446

Serves Dearborn Heights, Inkster and Detroit residents for preK-12. Virtual high school option. High school offers award-winning robotics, cyber-securities and coding teams plus dual enrollment at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Henry Ford College.

Woodhaven-Brownstown School District

  • Phone: 734-783-3300
  • NOS: 5,622
  • P:T: 23:1
  • PPE: $14,252

19 AP classes, dual enrollment opportunities, state-of-the-art technology in the classrooms and secure and directed entrances in all buildings. Accredited by Cognia.

Wyandotte Public Schools

  • Phone: 734-759-6000
  • NOS: 4,338
  • P:T: 27:1
  • PPE: $15,574

Rigorous curriculum, instrumental/vocal music, no pay-to-play athletics and many extracurriculars and electives. Modern athletic facility. All students receive their own Chromebook.

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Amanda Rahn
Amanda Rahn
Amanda Rahn is a freelance journalist, copy editor and proud Detroiter. She is a graduate of Wayne State University’s journalism school and of the Columbia Publishing Course at Oxford University. Amanda is a lover of translated contemporary fiction, wines from Jura and her dog, Lottie.


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