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Ann Arbor Young 5s & Kindergarten School Guide for 2024-2025

It’s time for Kindergarten & Young/5s Enrollment. We’ve got a list of Ann Arbor Kindergarten and Young 5 Programs plus Roundup Dates. Check out the information below on Ann Arbor area Elementary Schools.

Kindergarten vs Young 5s

Kindergarten has changed since I was in school. There are more academic expectations and it is now a full-day program. Young 5s offers a transitional program for younger children who are not quite ready for Kindergarten.

The Young 5s program has become increasingly popular in recent years. When my senior started school, there were only a couple of Young 5 programs in AAPS. Now every elementary school offers a Young 5s program.

For Ann Arbor Public Schools, students must be born between May 1 and December 1 to be eligible for the Young 5s Program. Most Young 5s programs are full day programs. There are limited Young 5 slots at each school. If you are interested in this program, plan to enroll at the Roundup.

Lotteries, In-District Transfer & School of Choice

Ann Arbor Public Schools

Lotteries are used for Ann Arbor Open (K-8) and Community High School. Both schools are in high demand. In-District Transfer allows district residents to apply to a school other than their home school. School of choice allows non-district residents to attend Ann Arbor Public Schools.

There are typically several windows for In-District Transfer and School of Choice. At the close of each window, applicants are notified of their assignment. It is always best to apply in the early rounds. I know my daughter’s guidance counselor said that in 2019-2020 Pioneer was the only one of the 3 comprehensive high schools to close to transfers. COVID did change the procedures for IDT and School of Choice, so we recommend applying as early as possible.

The 2024-2025 windows have not been announced yet (December 13, 2022). These were the 2022-2023 windows:

  • In District Transfer Only
    • January 8-February 14 – Young Fives Kindergarten, 9th & 10th at Pioneer, Skyline, & Huron, and IB-11th grade at Huron
    • TBA for other grades
  • In-District Transfer & School of Choice
    • Not yet announced

Other Public School Districts

Updates below are as of January 28, 2024

  • Dexter February 15-28 & July 15-26 – Young 5-8th grade, high school only for IB program
  • Ypsilanti – School of Choice for winter 2023-2024 open October 5, 2023-February 14, 2024. 2024-2025 information not yet available
  • Lincoln – 2024-2025 details not currently available
  • Milan – 2024-2025 details not currently available
  • Whitmore Lake – 2024-2025 Information not currently available

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AFC Ann Arbor Women's Season May 19-June 30


Young 5s & Kindergarten Roundups, Information Sessions, & Open Houses

Each school/district seems to use a different term – Roundup, Information Session, Open House – and may even offer more than one of these.

Even with the same name each school will run their event a little differently. Some will be parent only, some will include students. You will typically learn about the school, have a tour, and an opportunity to enroll. Each school will operate theirs a little different. I suggest contacting the school to see if your future kindergartener should attend.

All Events

Date/TimeEvent
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01/09/2024
6:00pm-7:15pm
Kindergarten/Young 5s Open House
at Community Day Care – Forest, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/01/2024
5:30pm-6:30pm
Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup & Preschool Open House - AAPS Thurston
at Thurston Elementary School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/01/2024
5:30pm-7:00pm
Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup & Tuition Preschool Open House - AAPS Allen
at Allen Elementary School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/01/2024
6:00pm-7:00pm
Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup - AAPS Burns Park
at Burns Park School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/06/2024
6:00pm-7:00pm
Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup - AAPS Abbot
at Abbot Elementary School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/06/2024
6:00pm-7:00pm
Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup - AAPS Wines
at Wines Elementary School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/07/2024
6:00pm-7:00pm
Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup - AAPS Angell
at Angell Elementary School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/08/2024
6:00pm-7:00pm
Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup - AAPS Carpenter
at Carpenter Elementry, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/15/2024
5:30pm-6:30pm
Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup - AAPS A2 STEAM
at A2 Steam @ Northside, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/15/2024
6:00pm-7:00pm
Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup - AAPS Lakewood
at Lakewood Elementary School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/17/2024
12:00pm-2:00pm
Preschool & Kindergarten Resource Fair
at Ypsilanti District Library – Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti Michigan
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02/22/2024
5:45pm-7:00pm
Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup - AAPS Bach
at Bach Elementary School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/22/2024
6:00pm-7:15pm
Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup - AAPS Bryant/Pattengill
at Bryant Elementary School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/22/2024
6:00pm-7:00pm
Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup - AAPS Dicken
at Dicken Elementary, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/22/2024
6:00pm-7:00pm
Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup - AAPS Eberwhite
at Eberwhite Elementary School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/22/2024
6:00pm-7:00pm
Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup - AAPS Haisley
at Haisley Elementary School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/22/2024
6:00pm-7:00pm
Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup - AAPS Mitchell
at Mitchell Elementary School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/26/2024
5:45pm-7:00pm
Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup - AAPS Lawton
at Lawton Elementary, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/27/2024
4:30pm
Honey Creek Informational Meeting
at Honey Creek Community School, Ypsilanti Michigan
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02/28/2024
5:30pm-6:30pm
Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup - AAPS King
at King Elementary School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/28/2024
6:00pm-7:30pm
Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup - AAPS Logan
at Logan Elementary School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/29/2024
6:00pm-7:00pm
Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup - AAPS Pittsfield
at Pittsfield Elementary School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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03/06/2024
6:00pm-7:30pm
Saline Young 5's & Kindergarten Information Webinar
Virtual Event - Enjoy at Home
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03/13/2024
4:30pm-7:00pm
Open House and K Round Up
at St. Andrew Catholic School, Saline Michigan
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03/14/2024
6:00pm-7:00pm
Kindergarten Roundup - Whitmore Lake
at Whitmore Lake Elementary School, Whitmore Lake MI
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03/20/2024
1:00pm-6:00pm
Ford Early Learning Center Kindergarten Roundup
at Ford Early Learning Center, Ypsilanti Michigan
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03/20/2024
1:00pm-6:00pm
Perry Early Learning Center Kindergarten Roundup
at Perry Early Learning Center, Ypsilanti Michigan
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03/20/2024
4:45pm-5:45pm
YIES Kindergarten Roundup
at Ypsilanti International Elementary School, Ypsilanti Michigan
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03/21/2024
1:00pm-6:00pm
Ford Early Learning Center Kindergarten Roundup
at Ford Early Learning Center, Ypsilanti Michigan
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03/21/2024
1:00pm-6:00pm
Perry Early Learning Center Kindergarten Roundup
at Perry Early Learning Center, Ypsilanti Michigan
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03/21/2024
4:45pm-5:45pm
YIES Kindergarten Roundup
at Ypsilanti International Elementary School, Ypsilanti Michigan
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04/15/2024
6:00pm
Brick Kindergarten Information Night
at Brick Elementary School, Ypsilanti Michigan
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04/17/2024
6:00pm
Bishop Elementary Information Night
at Bishop Elementary School, Ypsilanti Michigan
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04/23/2024
6:00pm
Childs Young 5 & Kindergarten Information Night
at Childs Elementary School, Ypsilanti Michigan
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04/25/2024
3:45pm-4:45pm
Ford Early Learning Center Kindergarten Roundup
at Ford Early Learning Center, Ypsilanti Michigan
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04/25/2024
3:45pm-4:45pm
Perry Early Learning Center Kindergarten Roundup
at Perry Early Learning Center, Ypsilanti Michigan
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04/25/2024
4:45pm-5:45pm
YIES Kindergarten Roundup
at Ypsilanti International Elementary School, Ypsilanti Michigan
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04/29/2024
4:00pm-7:00pm
Kindergarten Roundup
at Lincoln High School, Ypsilanti Michigan
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04/30/2024
4:00pm-7:00pm
Kindergarten Roundup
at Lincoln High School, Ypsilanti Michigan
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05/30/2024
3:45pm-4:45pm
Ford Early Learning Center Kindergarten Roundup
at Ford Early Learning Center, Ypsilanti Michigan
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05/30/2024
3:45pm-4:45pm
Perry Early Learning Center Kindergarten Roundup
at Perry Early Learning Center, Ypsilanti Michigan
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05/30/2024
4:45pm-5:45pm
YIES Kindergarten Roundup
at Ypsilanti International Elementary School, Ypsilanti Michigan

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  1. The Discovery Center will be hosting their Young 5’s Open House on Wednesday, March 12th from 6-7 pm.

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