Here's What to Expect When Applying
Who can apply?As a public school, we invite applications from all children who meet age and residency criteria. For specific questions on the school's age and residency requirements, please call Detroit Merit Charter Academy.
When do I apply?We want every child to have an equal opportunity to attend our school. All applications received during Open Enrollment will be given equal consideration after the closing date through a lottery. See the Terms and Conditions page for specific dates of Open Enrollment.
You can also apply after the Open Enrollment period. However, your application will only be considered in the order in which it was received, after all previous applications have been processed.
How are students selected?
When the Open Enrollment period ends, we compare the number of applications we received to the number of available seats in each grade level.
If more seats are available than applicants, we accept all eligible children who applied during Open Enrollment.
If we have fewer seats available than applicants, a lottery will take place to determine which students get a seat and which students are placed on the waiting list. Preferences vary by school and will be granted accordingly during the lottery process.
Children who apply after Open Enrollment closes are processed in the order their applications are received and are placed on the appropriate list - accepted or waiting list.
If your child is on the waiting list, don’t be discouraged! Often, seats open up throughout the summer. We will continue to send you school information if your child is on the waiting list.
Not ready to apply yet?Do you have more questions? Would you like to take a tour? Please provide your name and email address, and we will get in touch with you soon!
What's next after my student is accepted?
If accepted, we will send you a package containing forms that will need to be completed by a certain date, as well as a link to create a Parent Portal account. All forms can be completed or uploaded online via the Parent Portal. When submitting documents online, please include your child’s name in the file’s name.
Important paperwork needed to enroll:
- Admissions Form
- Official Release of Records
- Proof of Residency
- Attendance Expectations Form
- Home Language Questionnaire
- Immunization Records
- Student Device Agreement
- Student Residency Questionnaire
- Transportation Permission Form
- Vision Screen (kindergarten students only)
- Dental Health Screen (kindergarten/first grade students only)
- Individualized Education Plan or 504 Plan (if applicable)
- Course Request Form (9th grade students)
- Current High School Transcript (10th-12th grade students)
- NWEA and/or PSAT ELA/Math scores (or schedule to take NWEA assessment at the school)
- Online Course and Independent Study Authorization Form