Dearborn Public Schools

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Ten Eyck Administration Building, formerly an elementary school

The Dearborn Public Schools is a school district that 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.[1] The district had a $227 million budget for 2010.[2]


In 2013 a group of students and parents suggested that the high schools ought to have later starting times.[3]


As of 2016 almost 66% of the district's students were Arab American.[4] From 2000 to 2010, during a time of growth in the Arab American community, the enrollment of DPS increased from 17,000 to 18,500. This occurred even though the number of households in Dearborn declined during the same period.[5]

In a thirty-year period ending sometime prior to 2010 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.[6]

In 1999 a group of Arab parents voted down a 1999 bond because they wanted one with more substantial. Instead of that $50 million bond, the parents approved of a $150 million around 2001.[7] Extensive bi-lingual programs in the district (where some schools have 90% Arabic-origin student populations) have caused concern with the Wayne County Regional Education Service Agency issuing a report suggesting banning Arabic except where absolutely necessary.[8] State budget cuts in 2011 are expected to heavily impact special programs including bi-lingual education.[citation needed] In 2012 the U.S. Department of Justice asked the district to provide more information in immigrant languages to parents of students who had difficulty with English.[7][9]

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.[10]

Academic performance[edit]

As of 2016 the poorest 25% of the district's students performed far above national averages in academic performance.[clarification needed][11]

Community college programs[edit]

The district has an early college program, Henry Ford Community College, formed as part of a partnership with Henry Ford Community College.[12][13]

List of Schools[edit]

Elementary Schools (19)

  • Becker
  • DuVall
  • Geer Park
  • Haigh
  • Henry Ford
  • Howard
  • Howe (Montessori school and severely disabled trainable center)
  • Lindbergh
  • Long
  • Maples
  • McDonald
  • Miller #2
  • Nowlin
  • Oakman
  • River Oaks
  • Salina
  • Snow
  • Whitmore-Bolles
  • William Ford #2

K-8 schools (2)

  • Lowrey
  • McCollough/Unis

Intermediate Schools (1)

  • Salina

Middle Schools (4)

  • Bryant
  • O.L. Smith
  • Stout
  • Woodworth

High Schools (3)

Specialized High Schools (3)

(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

  • Clark (elementary school) - This school has been razed.
  • Howe (elementary school) - Programs moved to Dearborn Heights Campus and building for sale
  • 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.

See also[edit]



  1. ^ Dearborn Public Schools Official Website, accessed March 10, 2011
  2. ^ Associate Superintendent Sass leaving Dearborn next year, Press and Guide, July 16, 2010
  3. ^ "Students, parents stress on later start times at Dearborn's high schools". The Arab American News. 2013-01-04. Retrieved 2017-01-18. 
  4. ^ Marger, Martin N. Race and Ethnic Relations: American and Global Perspectives. Cengage Learning, April 16, 2014. ISBN 1285749693, 9781285749693. p. 357.
  5. ^ "Arab newcomers help Dearborn buck trend of population loss in Metro Detroit". Associated Press at MLive. 2011-03-27. Retrieved 2017-01-15. 
  6. ^ Howell, p. 220.
  7. ^ a b Harb, Ali (2016-09-19). "Dearborn Schools leading the way in accommodating immigrants". The Arab American News at the Detroit Journalism Cooperative. Retrieved 2017-01-16. 
  8. ^ "Dearborn schools urged to ban Arabic" (Archive). The Detroit News, Tanveer Ali, January 15. 2009
  9. ^ "Re : OCR Docket #15-10-5001 ." U.S. Department of Justice. May 30, 2012. Retrieved on January 16, 2017.
  10. ^ Howell, p. 223.
  11. ^ Stone, Brian. "What If America Looked Like Dearborn, Michigan?" Huffington Post. February 26, 2016. Retrieved on January 16, 2017.
  12. ^ Stone, Brian. "How Dearborn Schools Became a Model for America." Huffington Post. February 5, 2015. Retrieved on January 16, 2017.
  13. ^ "Collegiate Academy." Dearborn Public Schools. March 9, 2014. Retrieved on January 16, 2017.
  14. ^

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