Dearborn Public Schools
The Dearborn Public School district includes the entire city of Dearborn, Michigan and a small portion of Dearborn Heights, both in Greater Detroit. Dearborn Public Schools is the fourth largest school district in Michigan, serving 18,300 students. The district had a $227 million budget for 2010. Extensive bi-lingual programs in the district (where some schools have 90% Arabic-origin student populations) have caused concern with the county education agency issuing a report suggesting banning Arabic except where absolutely necessary. State budget cuts in 2011 are expected to heavily impact special programs including bi-lingual education.
Accommodations for Arab and Muslim students
In a thirty year period the district and Detroit Public Schools both developed policies to accommodate Arab and Muslim students in collaboration with administrators, parents, teachers, and students. Policies adopted by the districts included observances of Muslim holidays, Arabic-language programs, policies concerning prayer, and rules regarding modesty of females in physical education and sports.
Since the early 1980s Dearborn district schools have vegetarian meals as alternative to non-halal meals. As of 2010 some schools use discretionary funds to offer halal meals, but most schools do not offer halal meals since they cannot get affordable prices from distributors.
List of Schools
Elementary Schools (19)
- Geer Park
- Henry Ford
- Miller #2
- River Oaks
- William Ford #2
K-8 schools (2)
Intermediate Schools (1)
Middle Schools (4)
- O.L. Smith
High Schools (3)
Specialized High Schools (2)
(Previously Dearborn Schools ran Clara B. Ford High School at Vista Maria, a facility for troubled girls and the School-to-Work Academy alternative high school)
Special Schools (3)
- Cotter Early Childhood (preschool)
- Henry Ford Early College (high school)
- Michael Berry Career Center (high school, formerly Ford Elementary School)
Defunct Schools (10)
- Clark (elementary school) - This school has been razed.
- Lapham (elementary school) - Now the West Village Academy.
- Miller #1 (elementary school) - This school was razed and replaced on the same site by Miller #2.
- Oxford Avenue (elementary school) - This school has been razed.
- Roulo (elementary school) - This school has been razed.
- Ten Eyck (elementary school) - Now administrative offices for the school district.
- Thayer (elementary school) - Now the Society of St. Paul's.
- William Ford #1 (elementary school) - This school was razed and replaced on the same site by William Ford #2.
- Adams (middle school) - Most of the original structure is still standing and is currently used for private offices.
- Edison (middle school) - This school has been razed.
- Howell, Sally. "Competing for Muslims: New Strategies for Urban Renewal in Detroit". Located in: Shryock, Andrew (editor). Islamophobia/Islamophilia: Beyond the Politics of Enemy and Friend. Indiana University Press, June 30, 2010. ISBN 0253004543, 9780253004543.
- Dearborn Public Schools Official Website, accessed March 10, 2011
- Associate Superintendent Sass leaving Dearborn next year, Press and Guide, July 16, 2010
- Dearborn schools urged to ban Arabic, The Detroit News, Tanveer Ali, January 15. 2009
- Howell, p. 220.
- Howell, p. 223.