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District Launching Dearborn Public Virtual K-12 School in Fall

Fall enrollment open for new Virtual K-12 School
Dearborn Schools plans to reopen for the new school year with face-to-face learning all day every day for our students.


For parents and students who want to continue learning online only, the district is launching the new Dearborn Public Schools Virtual K-12.


Virtual K-12 students will be taught live all-day, every day by Dearborn Public School teachers in a virtual classroom with other online-only students. Classes will follow Dearborn Public Schools curriculum, class times and calendar. The program is open to kindergarten through 12th grade students living in the Dearborn Public Schools district. Students who transfer to or enroll in the Virtual K-12 School are committing to the program for the entire school year.


Parents need to register students for the new school by June 8, 2021 by contacting the school office.
Please visit the Virtual K-12 School website to learn more.

Dearborn Public Schools Virtual K-12

Dear River Oaks Community,

Please see the following information regarding the Virtual School for the 2021-2022 school year. I will be having parent meetings to discuss this. The district is also offering meetings to discuss the new school and the requirements for attending. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Fall enrollment open for new Virtual K-12 School
Dearborn Schools plans to reopen for the new school year with face-to-face learning all day every day for our students.
For parents and students who want to continue learning online only, the district is launching the new Dearborn Public Schools Virtual K-12.
Virtual K-12 students will be taught live all-day, every day by Dearborn Public School teachers in a virtual classroom with other online-only students. Classes will follow Dearborn Public Schools curriculum, class times and calendar. The program is open to kindergarten through 12th grade students living in the Dearborn Public Schools district. Students who transfer to or enroll in the Virtual K-12 School are committing to the program for the entire school year.
Parents need to register students for the new school by June 8, 2021 by contacting the school office.
Please visit the Virtual K-12 School website to learn more.

Kindergarten Registration

River Oaks Elementary is currently registering Kindergarten students for the 2021 -2022 school year.

To enroll in kindergarten, students must be five years old by September 1 and live within the Dearborn Public School District. Waivers are available for students who will turn five after September 1 but before December 1.  For parents already living in the district, the waivers need to be submitted by June 1. See the district website at https://dearbornschools.org/enroll for the waiver and more information.

Dearborn Public Schools also offers a free Young Fives program for students who will turn five between June 15 and December 1 this year.  That all-day program is offered at select schools and follows the kindergarten curriculum. The extra year allows those children to better develop the academic and emotional skills they need to succeed in school. The following year they would enroll in kindergarten at their neighborhood school. 

Space is limited for Young Fives, so interested parents should check for availability at the school they are interested in attending. Young Fives is held at DuVall, Henry Ford, William Ford, Geer Park, Haigh, Lindbergh, Maples, McCollough, River Oaks, Salina, Snow, and Whitmore-Bolles elementary schools.  For more information, contact Student Services at (313) 827-3005.  Busing is available only if the student will attend their home elementary and lives in an area where busing is provided.  In most cases, parents will need to provide transportation for their child.

Please call the school at 313-827-6750 to make an appointment to register your child.

School Mobile Pantry

The School Food Mobile Program provides nutritious, healthy food for 100 families. The Mobile Pantry may include fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.

The free food will be distributed on Friday, April 30th starting at 11:30. It is served on a first come basis.

GSRP applications available starting April 7

Dearborn Public Schools Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) will start distributing applications on April 7 for the 2021-22 school year.

GSRP is a state-funded preschool program students can participate in at no cost to eligible families.  To be eligible, children need to be turning four years old by Dec. 1, 2021.  Preference will be given to students who will be four by Sept. 1, 2021 because those students will qualify for kindergarten next year, but the program will accept students with birthdays between Sept. 1 and Dec. 1, if space is available.

Applications will be available from 9 to 11 a.m. on April 7 or any of the following Wednesdays at the following schools:  Cotter, Becker, Henry Ford, William Ford, Long, McCollough/Unis, McDonald, Oakman, River Oaks, Salina Elementary and Whitmore Bolles,

Please be sure to wear a mask when picking up applications.

GSRP is a state-sponsored program for families who qualify based on income. The program serves low-income and working class families who are below 250% of the federal poverty guidelines, said Early Childhood Coordinator Amy Modica.

To apply, students must live with a parent or legal guardian within the Dearborn Public School District.

Dearborn currently has 512 slots for GSRP students at 12 locations, including Cotter School, Becker, Long, McCollough, Henry Ford, McDonald, Oakman, River Oaks, Salina, Whitmore-Bolles, and William Ford elementary schools and Salina Intermediate. 

GSRP classes are generally 16 students with two adults, including a certified early childhood specialist.  Classes meet for a full school day from Monday through Thursday.  Times vary slightly by building, but are similar to the elementary school schedule. The program meets detailed state requirements using the Highscope Curriculum for how and what students learn. 

“We focus on kindergarten readiness. Our emphasis is on student social/emotional readiness for school,” Modica said.  In addition to learning academics like letters and colors, GSRP students learn how to get along with other children, how to take care of themselves, and other skills they will need to thrive in kindergarten.

Families will be notified over the summer if they are accepted to the program or put on a waiting list.  Those with birthdays from Sept. 1 to Dec. 1 will not find out until the beginning of September if they are accepted to the program.

“We encourage interested families to call and learn more and to fill out an application,” Modica said.  To learn more, parents can call Cotter School at 313-827-6150.