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Ann Arbor Kindergartens & Young 5s Information

Ann Arbor Young 5s & Kindergarten School Guide for 2023-2024

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

  • In District Transfer Only
    • January 10-February 14 – Young Fives Kindergarten, 9th & 10th at Pioneer, Skyline, & Huron, and IB-11th grade at Huron
    • February 28-April 1 – The above (pending availability) plus Elementary, Middle School, K-8 STEAM
  • In-District Transfer & School of Choice
    • May 2-May 31 – Same as above pending availability

Other Public School Districts

  • Dexter openings to be determined in January 2023. Their first window for Fall 2023 is February 15-28, 2023
  • Saline – 2023-2024 School of Choice window is tentatively April-May 2023. Please fill out interest form.
  • Ypsilanti – School of Choice for winter 2022-2023 open October 6, 2022-February 8, 2023. 2023-2024 information not yet available
  • Lincoln – School of Choice for 2022-2023 open April 1, 2022-February 8, 2023. 2023-2024 information not yet available
  • Milan – Currently open for second semester 2022-2023 (December 1, 2022-January 27, 2023). 2022-2023 school of choice opened April 1, 2022.
  • Whitmore Lake – 2022-2023 Information still on website with no dates listed

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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.

All Events

Date/TimeEvent
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01/18/2023
6:30pm-8:00pm
AAPS International Baccalaureate Community Information Night
at Huron High School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/01/2023
5:30pm-7:30pm
Kindergarten/Young 5s Open House
at Community Day Care – Forest, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/08/2023
6:00pm-7:00pm
Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup - AAPS King
at King Elementary School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/08/2023
6:00pm-7:00pm
Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup - AAPS Logan
at Logan Elementary School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/09/2023
5:30pm-7:00pm
Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup - AAPS Allen
at Allen Elementary School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/15/2023
6:00pm-7:00pm
Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup - AAPS Wines
at Wines Elementary School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/15/2023
6:00pm-7:00pm
Summers-Knoll Virtual Open House
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02/16/2023
6:00pm-7:00pm
Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup - AAPS Angell
at Angell Elementary School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/16/2023
6:00pm-7:00pm
Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup - AAPS Bach
at Bach Elementary School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/16/2023
6:00pm-7:00pm
Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup - AAPS Lakewood
at Lakewood Elementary School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/16/2023
6:00pm-7:00pm
Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup - AAPS Lawton
at Lawton Elementary, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/16/2023
6:00pm-7:00pm
Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup - AAPS Thurston
at Thurston Elementary School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/21/2023
6:00pm-7:00pm
Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup - AAPS A2 STEAM
at A2 Steam @ Northside, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/27/2023
6:00pm-7:00pm
Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup - AAPS Burns Park
at Burns Park School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/28/2023
6:00pm-7:00pm
Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup - AAPS Abbot
at Abbot Elementary School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/28/2023
6:00pm-7:00pm
RESCHEDULED - Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup - AAPS Carpenter
at Carpenter Elementry, Ann Arbor Michigan
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03/02/2023
6:00pm-7:00pm
RESCHEDULED - Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup - AAPS Dicken
at Dicken Elementary, Ann Arbor Michigan
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03/02/2023
6:00pm-7:00pm
RESCHEDULED - Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup - AAPS Haisley
at Haisley Elementary School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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03/02/2023
6:00pm-7:00pm
RESCHEDULED - Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup - AAPS Mitchell
at Mitchell Elementary School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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03/02/2023
6:00pm-7:00pm
RESCHEDULED - Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup - AAPS Pittsfield
at Pittsfield Elementary School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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03/04/2023
12:00pm-2:00pm
Preschool & Kindergarten Resource Fair
at Ypsilanti District Library – Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti Michigan
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03/06/2023
6:00pm-7:00pm
RESCHEDULED - Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup - AAPS Eberwhite
at Eberwhite Elementary School, Ann Arbor Michigan
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03/09/2023
6:00pm-7:00pm
RESCHEDULED - Kindergarten and Young Fives Roundup - AAPS Bryant/Pattengill
at Bryant Elementary School, Ann Arbor Michigan

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1 thought on “Ann Arbor Young 5s & Kindergarten School Guide for 2023-2024”

  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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