Ann Arbor Kindergartens & Young 5s Information

Ann Arbor Young 5s & Kindergarten School Guide for 2020-2021

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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.


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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 8th grade started school, there were only a couple of Young 5 programs in AAPS. Now every elementary school except Ann Arbor Open 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.

School of Choice & In District Transfer

Many of the local school districts offer School of Choice. School of Choice allows students living outside the district to enroll.

In District Transfers are offered in several local districts including Ann Arbor, Lincoln, and Dexter.

Ann Arbor Public Schools

Enrollment at Ann Arbor Open is by lottery and only for those living in the Ann Arbor school district. In order to enter the lottery, a parent must attend a tour or open house. They do not offer a Young 5s program.

In-District Transfer allows district residents to attend an elementary school other than their zoned school. School of Choice allows non-district residents to attend Ann Arbor Public Schools.

There are typically several windows for In-District Transfer/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 as schools can reach capacity for transfers in certain grades.

The first In-District Transfer/School of Choice is January 14-February 9 for high schools. I did morning see a date for elementary transfers – but would not expect it before the roundups.

Other Public School Districts

  • Lincoln – School of Choice Window Open at time of publication
  • Dexter offers limited School of Choice. Most slots are at the high school level, but as of 2019-2020 they guarantee at least one slot in each grade. Their website still has 2019-2020 information.
  • Milan – 2019-2020 School of Choice is open through January 24. 2020-2021 information will probably be available after that.
  • Saline – 2020-2021 Information not yet available.
  • Whitmore Lake – 2020-2021 Information not yet available
  • Ypsilanti – 2019-2020 School of Choice Window still open through February 12.

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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.

With school closures due to the snow on February 26 & 27, roundups on those nights have been postponed. Ann Arbor Public Schools has not yet announced new dates. Stay tuned for details

All Events

Date/Time Event
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02/29/2020
12:00pm-2:00pm
Preschool & Kindergarten Resource Fair
at Ypsilanti District Library – Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti Michigan
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03/03/2020
6:00pm-7:30pm
RESCHEDULED - Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup
at Bach Elementary School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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03/04/2020
6:00pm
RESCHEDULED - Brick Kindergarten Information Night
at Brick Elementary School, Ypsilanti Michigan
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03/04/2020
6:00pm-7:00pm
RESCHEDULED - Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup
at A2 Steam @ Northside, Ann Arbor Michigan
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03/04/2020
6:00pm-7:30pm
RESCHEDULED - Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup
at Carpenter Elementry, Ann Arbor Michigan
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03/05/2020
6:00pm-7:00pm
RESCHEDULED - Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup
at Lawton Elementary, Ann Arbor Michigan
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03/09/2020
6:30pm-7:30pm
RESCHEDULED - Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup
at Angell Elementary School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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03/10/2020
9:00am-11:00am
PreK-8 Open House
at Rudolf Steiner Lower School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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03/11/2020
6:00pm-7:30pm
RESCHEDULED - Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup
at Pittsfield Elementary School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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03/12/2020
6:00pm-7:30pm
RESCHEDULED - Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup
at Lakewood Elementary School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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03/14/2020
1:00pm-4:00pm
POSTPONED - Global Art Show & Open House
at Clonlara School, Ann Arbor MI
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03/24/2020
9:00am-10:00am
CANCELED - Early Childhood Tour
at Rudolf Steiner Lower School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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04/13/2020
9:00am-10:00am
Early Childhood Tour
at Rudolf Steiner Lower School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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04/16/2020
6:00pm-7:30pm
Saline Young 5's Kindergarten Registration/Information
at Saline Middle School, Saline Michigan
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04/30/2020
9:00am-11:00am
Early Childhood Open House
at Rudolf Steiner Lower School, Ann Arbor Michigan

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1 thought on “Ann Arbor Young 5s & Kindergarten School Guide for 2020-2021”

  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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