Steps to Apply

Detroit Country Day School strives to guide each student on a path to build a solid foundation in preparation for success in college and life. The School continually strives to improve and has gained national recognition for excellence in academics, athletics and the fine and performing arts. Through special programming, extracurricular opportunities, social and environmental awareness, and integrated technology, our goal has remained the same for over a century - to produce moral and ethical students who are prepared to contribute to their local community, as well as a national and global stage.

We believe in investing in a child's future and so we invite you to visit our school and see how the right education can expand a child's opportunities and change life's course.

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Step 1

Let us know you're interested!

If you would like to find out more about our school, testing dates, tour and shadow opportunities, your first step would be to fill out our inquiry form. Once we receive your inquiry form, the appropriate school admissions assistant will contact you and provide additional information to help you make an informed decision. They will also assist in scheduling a visit to one or more of our school campuses.

Inquiry Form

Step 2

Upon receiving and inquiry or online application, an admissions representative will contact you to discuss the admission process and answer any questions you may have. The following is a brief overview of the admission process.

Forms and Other Requirements

PK3 - Grade 4

PK3 - Grade 4
Forms to be completed by parent(s):
  • Application - completed online or hard copy. A $50 application fee is required.
  • Parent/Guardian overview & assessment
Forms to be completed by personnel at the candidate's current school:
  • Release of Records Form from current school's registrar
  • Teacher confidential recommendation
Contacts
Please contact Barb McLaughlin at (248)430-2740 or bmclaughlin@dcds.edu

Grades 5 - 12

Forms to be completed by parent(s) and candidate:
  • Application - completed online or hard copy. A $50 application fee must be included.
  • Parent/Guardian overview and assessment
  • Candidate statement & Fact Sheet completed by candidate
Forms to be completed by personnel at the candidate's current school:
  • English and math teacher's recommendations
  • Counselor/advisor/principal confidential recommendation
  • Other significant individual confidential recommendation
  • Release of Records Form from current school's registrar

Grades 5-8: Please contact Kathleen Chester at (248)430-3655, msadmissions@dcds.edu

Grade 9-12: Please contact Michele Reimer at (248)430-3587, mreimer@dcds.edu

Step 3

Examination Information and Shadow Visits

Preschool - Grade 4

Entrance testing and shadow visits Grades PK - 2:
  • Testing consists of a developmental observation and/or reading and math assessment, depending upon the child's age
  • PK3 students participate in a group play appointment
  • PK4 - Grade 2 students participate in a "shadow visit" with their current grade level
Entrance testing and shadow visits Grade 3-4
  • All prospective students are required to take an entrance test assessing reading comprehensive and quantitative reasoning skills. The dare and tie of the test will be coordinated with the individual family. 
  • All prospective students also spend a day "shadowing" a current DCDS student for the day, if possible.
Barb McLaughlin at (248)430-2740 or bmclaughlin@dcds.edu

Grades 5 - 12

Entrance examination information:
Middle and Upper Schools candidates: All candidates applying to the Middle or Upper School are required to take the Educational Records Bureau Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) and the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test. The candidate must pre-register for the Independent School Entrance Examination online at www.iseetest.org and the tests are administered at the Upper School campus concurrently. A request to test individually, as a walk-in, can be made by contacting Michele Reimer at mreimer@dcds.edu or (248)430-3587.
 
Walk-in registration is available and must be processed online through a unique walk-in code that is distributed by the ISEE test site school. Families must contact the Admission Office of the ISEE test site school that is allowing walk-ins. Registration is online only.
 
There is an additional $40 fee for walk-in registration, which must be processed online by credit card only (Visa or MasterCard).

There is no paper registration and neither cash or check can be accepted as payment for testing fees.

*Please make sure to indicate on the registration, that you want your child's scores sent to Detroit Country Day School, our school code is 230-330
  • October 19, 2019
  • November 16, 2019
  • December 14, 2019
  • January 11, 2020
  • February 8, 2020
  • March 21, 2020
  • April 25, 2020
  • May 16, 2020
The examination fees are as follows:
  • Pre-registration fee (three weeks or more before a Saturday test day): $125
  • Less than three weeks prior to a Saturday test date: $155
  • Walk-in individual test: $165
 
Interview
Once the steps outlined above are completed, a personal interview with the candidate and his or her parents will be scheduled. The purpose of the interview is to get to know the applicant and to allow for questions from the family. Interviews generally take place Monday through Fridays from 8:00 AM to 3:45 PM and last approximately 50 minutes.
 
Decision
The family is informed as to the decision on admissibility after the interview and completion of the admission process.

FAQs

What are children served for lunch?

see current lunch menus

 
We regularly serve vegetarian options and keep our kitchens "nut free."

Do you offer scholarships?

We do not offer scholarships at this time but have a Guided Tuition program. All families who have submitted an enrollment contract by the designated due date with the deposit and who would like to be considered for reduced tuition are eligible to apply. Students of all grade levels may apply for financial assistance. Although, aid grants are in descending order with our Upper and Middle School students receiving priority consideration before our Lower School applicants. 

The school's budget for financial assistance is limited, and the pool of candidates requesting assistance is competitive. We are unable to offer financial support to every admitted student who qualifies. Consequently, a timely request for Guided Tuition is critical.

What is a student's day like?

See sample schedules below

 

Lower School Sample schedule for Lower School coming soon!

Middle School

Upper School

What are some "after-school" options for the students?

Lower School
For all elementary grades (preschool - grade 4), we offer a program called Beyond the Bell. The students can go to a Beyond the Bell classroom after school is dismissed where there is supervision until 6:00 PM. There is an hourly charge for the days that this service is used and will be placed on the student's account and charged monthly.
 
Elementary students in grades 1-4 have the option for to sign up for a variety of PM programs to explore their artistic, academic, athletic, and social interests beyond the academic school day. Each program meets one day a week for one hour and is led by a Detroit Country Day Lower School faculty member.
 
Middle and Upper School
Both the Middle and Upper School offer after school athletic activities. Both schools also offer places to study and receive extra help in subject areas.
 
The Middle School has a regular Tutorial Support Specialist and academic teachers who will meet with designated students on a regular basis as prescribed by each student’s needs. Tutorials with specific teachers can be set up by appointment either just before or just after school. 
 
The Academic Enrichment Program (AE) for Upper School students meets after school Monday through Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30. The AE program is directed by the Learning Consultants and is staffed by Upper School faculty members. Academic Enrichment serves as an after school drop-in learning support for any Upper School student. As a college preparatory school, we want students to learn to work with teachers while preparing for tests, quizzes, writing papers, or pursuing an intellectual question with faculty.
 
To learn more about any of these programs, please review our curriculum guide.

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Admissions Contacts

Preschool - Grade 4

Jennifer Bullock, Director
JBullock@dcds.edu
Barb McLaughlin
Admissions Administrative Assistant
(248)430-2740
BMclaughlin@dcds.edu

Grades 5 - 8

Michael Jenkins, Director
MJenkins@dcds.edu
Kathleen Chester
Admissions Administrative Assistants
(248)430-3655
msadmissions@dcds.edu

Grades 9 - 12

Tim Bearden, Director
TBearden@dcds.edu
Michele Reimer, Admissions and Enrollment Manager
(248)430-3587
MReimer@dcds.edu
Teacher with student on keyboard

Roxana Han, General and Vocal Music, Elementary Level

 
"Teaching here is being part of a family. We're here with so many of our colleagues that are committed to every single student, and not only the student, but the families."