Wayne County Public Schools

Are you considering one of the 31 Wayne County public schools directs here in metro Detroit? Get to know each one a bit better with this guide.

Parents in metro Detroit can find plenty of education options in Wayne County. After all, there are a total of 31 Wayne County public schools districts, many of which are also schools of choice. This list gives basics on all of them, which can help you get your bearings when it comes to selecting the right district for you and your kids.

Compare Wayne County public schools, which are listed alphabetically, from Allen Park to Wyandotte, here. Be sure to also check out your options as far as charter schools in Wayne County – which are a type of public school – and Wayne County private schools, too.

For an extra navigational boost, check out our finding a new school checklist, as well.

Note: Numbers of students are accurate for the 2017-18 school year, the latest available data on the from the online MI School Data portal. Pupil-to-teacher ratios are from the Michigan Department of Education and also accurate for the 2017-18 year. Per-pupil expenditures, also via the MDE, are accurate as of March 2018.

Allen Park Public Schools

  • Phone: 313-827-2100
  • Number of students: 3,833
  • Pupil-to-teacher ratio: 25:1
  • Per-pupil expenditure: $7,659

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

Crestwood School District

  • Phone: 313-278-0906
  • Number of students: 3,949
  • Pupil-to-teacher ratio: 24:1
  • Per-pupil expenditure: $7,801

Teams up with three other Dearborn Heights districts for a variety of vocational programs. All schools offer ELL. Named one of 69 “academic state champions” in Michigan by Bridge Magazine.

Dearborn Heights School District 7

  • Phone: 313-203-1000
  • Number of students: 2,503
  • Pupil-to-teacher ratio: 25:1
  • Per-pupil expenditure: $7,631

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

Dearborn Public Schools

  • Phone: 313-827-3000
  • Number of students: 20,891
  • Pupil-to-teacher: 22:1
  • Per-pupil expenditure: $8,602

Honors and AP classes, STEM middle school, early childhood programs. Award-winning collegiate academy; earn two-year degree or high school diploma in five years at no cost. Graduation rate 93 percent; five consecutive years of increase.

Detroit Public Schools Community District

  • Phone: 313-240-4377
  • Number of students: 50,083
  • Pupil-to-teacher ratios: 31:1
  • Per-pupil expenditure: $7,670

Creating personalized educational opportunities for all students led by certified teachers based upon five pillars: literacy, career pathways, innovation, parent/community and wraparound services through programs such as tuition-free Montessori, career tech centers, language immersion and STEAM.

Ecorse Public Schools

  • Phone: 313-294-4750
  • Number of students: 1,036
  • Pupil-to-teacher ratio: 27:1
  • Per-pupil expenditure: $7,859

NCA-accredited, certified “Future Ready Schools” district supplies 1-to-1 Apple technology. Project Excel for gifted students, online and field experience learning, TV/radio, music production, certified nursing assistant; dual college enrollment.

Flat Rock Community Schools

  • Phone: 734-535-6500
  • Number of students: 2,019
  • Pupil-to-teacher ratio: 25:1
  • Per-pupil expenditure: $7,960

Over 1,300 registered parent and community volunteers. Activities include art days, career day, elementary carnival, river fest and more.

Garden City Public Schools

  • Phone: 734-762-8300
  • Number of students: 3,810
  • Pupil-to-teacher ratio: 32:1
  • Per-pupil expenditure: $7,745

AP classes include art, calculus, English and government. High school also offers award-winning band and chorus. Honors accelerated classes for grades 1-6. Operates Burger School for Students with Autism.

Gibraltar School District

  • Phone: 734-379-6350
  • Number of students: 3,704
  • Pupil-to-teacher ratio: 26:1
  • Per-pupil expenditure: $7,631

Uses Reader’s Workshop and Math Expressions test series in elementary. Online learning available grades K-12. Plethora of performing/digital arts and clubs.

Grosse Ile Township Schools

  • Phone: 734-362-2555
  • Number of students: 1,838
  • Pupil-to-teacher ratio: 23:1
  • Per-pupil expenditure: $8,594

Top Michigan Merit Scores in southeast Michigan. Lauded academics include distinguished scholars, robotics, Science Olympiad, accelerated math for grades 6-12 and CTE opportunities for high school students.

Grosse Pointe Public School System

  • Phone: 313-432-3000
  • Number of students: 7,855
  • Pupil-to-teacher ratio: 20:1
  • Per-pupil expenditure: $9,984

Provides a strong curriculum including vocal and instrumental music starting in elementary school, fine and performing arts, 25 AP courses, five foreign languages and outstanding sports and clubs.

Hamtramck Public Schools

  • Phone: 313-872-9270
  • Number of students: 3,284
  • Pupil-to-teacher ratio: 23:1
  • Per-pupil expenditure: $7,631

Strong anti-bullying initiatives. Offers FIRST Lego League for a robotics experience, honors and AP classes. Hamtramck School-Based Health Center provides health care to students free of charge.

Harper Woods District Schools

  • Phone: 313-245-3000
  • Number of students: 1,884
  • Pupil-to-teacher ratio: 26:1
  • Per-pupil expenditure: $8,289

Includes 1-to-1 technology and expanded music education, all in K-12. Dual enrollment, Advanced Placement, CTE courses. Virtual and alternative programs available. Limited school of choice offerings within Wayne County public schools for the 2018-19 school year.

Huron School District

  • Phone: 734-782-2441
  • Number of students: 2,572
  • Pupil-to-teacher ratio: 24:1
  • Per-pupil expenditure: $7,664

Set in a rural area; embraces “small town values” and parent involvement. “Completely Committed to Kids.” District’s vision is to inspire personal growth in every student and to ignite a passion of learning and leadership.

Lincoln Park Public Schools

  • Phone: 313-389-0200
  • Number of students: 4,855
  • Pupil-to-teacher ratio: 26:1
  • Per-pupil expenditure: $7,631

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

Livonia Public Schools

  • Phone: 734-744-2500
  • Number of students: 14,309
  • Pupil-to-teacher ratio: 25:1
  • Per-pupil expenditure: $8,289

AdvancED accredited; gifted/talented programs grades 1-12; IB Diploma Programme, Creative and Performing Arts program, more. Strong PTA membership; newly updated schools; full range of athletics and extracurriculars.

Melvindale-Northern Allen Park Public Schools

  • Phone: 313-389-3300
  • Number of students: 3,065
  • Pupil-to-teacher ratio: 25:1
  • Per-pupil expenditure: $8,795

Small district embraces diverse student population and prepares them to be successful citizens. Many options continuously keep parents and teachers connected in this close-knit community.

Northville Public Schools

  • Phone: 248-344-3500
  • Number of students: 7,466
  • Pupil-to-teacher ratio: 23:1
  • Per-pupil expenditure: $8,289

Strong early childhood, special ed and ELL services. AdvancED accredited. High school and two middle schools are IB World Schools. All six elementaries fully engaged in The Leader in Me framework; five Lighthouse Schools.

Plymouth-Canton Community Schools

  • Phone: 734-416-2700
  • Number of students: 17,492
  • Pupil-to-teacher ratio: 25:1
  • Per-pupil expenditure: $7,631

Has 1-to-1 tech device initiative for grades K-12. STEM labs in each middle school. Three-school P-CEP high school campus offers placements in IB and AP, strong athletics and national award-winning band, culinary and radio programs.

Redford Union Schools

  • Phone: 313-242-6000
  • Number of students: 2,806
  • Pupil-to-teacher ratio: 24:1
  • Per-pupil expenditure: $7,631

Early college and career programs, Michigan Virtual University access, no-tuition preschool, AP courses, multiple foreign languages, dual enrollment and 30-plus student clubs at the middle school.

River Rouge School District

  • Phone: 313-297-9600
  • Number of students: 2,149
  • Pupil-to-teacher ratio: 27:1
  • Per-pupil expenditure: $8,625

Provides dual enrollment, before- and after-school tutoring and performing arts in the Wayne County public schools.

Romulus Community Schools

  • Phone: 734-532-1600
  • Number of students: 2,765
  • Pupil-to-teacher ratio: 26:1
  • Per-pupil expenditure: $8,662

Find an accelerated curriculum and two Blue Ribbon elementary schools. Free competitive athletics and music programs at the secondary level. Now offering an early college and virtual learning academy.

Southgate Community Schools

  • Phone: 734-246-4600
  • Number of students: 3,750
  • Pupil-to-teacher ratio: 27:1
  • Per-pupil expenditure: $7,631

Successfully passed bond and enhancement millage elections to improve safety, technology, facilities and reduce class size. Find Transitional Kindergarten and before-/after school and summer care fully owned and operated by the district.

South Redford School District

  • Phone: 313-535-4000
  • Number of students: 3,308
  • Pupil-to-teacher ratio: 21:1
  • Per-pupil expenditure: $8,105

Has a 90 percent grad rate. Next Generation classrooms, Chromebooks, robotics, digital arts, rigorous Eagle Scholars Program for grades 6-12, study abroad and specialized partnerships with the business community. Over 20 sports.

Taylor School District

  • Phone: 734-374-1200
  • Number of students: 6,320
  • Pupil-to-teacher ratio: 25:1
  • Per-pupil expenditure: $8,067

“Wall-to-Wall Career Academies” with cutting-edge, career-focused, technology-infused programs at Taylor High School and Career Center; blended learning options at Taylor Virtual Learning Academy, grades 6-12. Wayne County Community College partnership, dual enrollment, more.

Trenton Public Schools

  • Phone: 734-676-8600
  • Number of students: 2,530
  • Pupil-to-teacher ratio: 24:1
  • Per-pupil expenditure: $8,546

Has AdvancED accreditation. Offers 11 AP classes in five areas, plus a K-12 Blackout Bullying Program. Trenton High boasts one of the most successful music departments in the state.

Van Buren Public Schools

  • Phone: 734-697-9123
  • Number of students: 4,648
  • Pupil-to-teacher ratio: 25:1
  • Per-pupil expenditure: $7,779

Offers Carnegie math for grades 7-8, a tech program with project-based learning for high schoolers and Everyday Mathematics implementation for K-6. Young 5 program and gifted/talented program available.

Wayne-Westland Community Schools

  • Phone: 734-419-2000
  • Number of students: 11,630
  • Pupil-to-teacher ratio: 25:1
  • Per-pupil expenditure: $7,631

Talented/gifted programs for K-6, early childhood programs, advanced classes at middle school; career-tech center, AP, dual enrollment in high school. JROTC, music, athletic and drama programs. SMART Boards, iPads, Chromebooks, virtual field trips.

Westwood Community School District

  • Phone: 313-565-1900
  • Number of students: 1,807
  • Pupil-to-teacher ratio: 24:1
  • Per-pupil expenditure: $8,105

This district notes over $1 million in college scholarships awarded.

Woodhaven-Brownstown School District

  • Phone: 734-783-3300
  • Number of students: 5,506
  • Pupil-to-teacher ratio: 23:1
  • Per-pupil expenditure: $7,724

Strong reading program, Young 5, district AdvancED accreditation and multiple award- winning extracurriculars. Early/middle college program, before- and after-school care, 17 AP courses. Over 2,900 mobile devices for classroom use.

Wyandotte Public Schools

  • Phone: 734-759-6002
  • Number of students: 4,765
  • Pupil-to-teacher ratio: 30:1
  • Per-pupil expenditure: $7,631

Strong curriculum, instrumental/vocal music, SMART Boards in every classroom, no pay-to-play athletics and many extracurriculars/electives. New and improved athletic facility. All students will receive their own laptop or iPad.

This post is updated annually.

Metro Parent Editorial Team
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