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Young Fives Program

    • "It's been a wonderful experience, thank you!"
    • "My child has grown so much, not only academically but also socially, especially in confidence."
    • "We are so grateful for the Young Fives program and believe it is critical to the success of children with fall birthdays who otherwise need a developmental kindergarten program."
    • "The Young Fives program through GPPSS is excellent - it does an exceptional job preparing children for kindergarten and is a great way to get students into the district". 


    These are just a few of the comments from current parents of our Young Fives students. Read more below and sign up TODAY!


    The Young Fives program offers an alternative for children whose parents feel that they are not yet ready for a traditional kindergarten experience. The program is FREE for younger five-year-old children who live in the Grosse Pointe Public School System attendance area. Eligibility is determined by birth date -- children must turn five between March 1 and December 1, 2024.  The natural progression from the Young Fives program would be to Kindergarten.


    Young Fives will be offered at All GPPSS Elementary School Buildings depending upon enrollment, during the 2024-25 school year.  If enrollment numbers do not allow for a Young Five class at your home school, then the District reserves the right to add, combine, or cancel any Young Fives location based on interest and space availability. If your home school does not offer Young Fives, you will be provided an opportunity to attend at a nearby school. 


    What are the steps to enrolling in the Young Fives program?

     All interested must complete the following steps:

    1. Submit the YOUNG FIVES LOTTERY PREFERENCE FORM (form will be available on January 12, 2024)

      1. This form is required in the event that enrollment numbers indicate the need to combine any Young Fives classrooms due to low enrollment.

      2. This form is also required in the event that interest exceeds 24 students from a neighborhood school. If that happens, all students from that school will be placed based on lottery results for their neighborhood school first. Once the classroom is  filled, then students will be placed based on lottery preference indicated on the Young Fives Lottery Form.

      3. Students who complete the Young Fives program in a building other than their home school due to the combining of programs would be expected to return to their home school the following year. 



    If all three steps above are completed by April 8, 2024, you will be guaranteed a spot in the Young Fives program.  If enrollment numbers indicate combining or canceling of the Young Fives Program within a particular building, then a lottery will take place on April 11, 2024, and placement will be based on the Young Fives Lottery Preference Form.  Parents will be notified of the lottery results and student placement via email and phone by April 12, 2024.  Parents must respond by April 17, 2024, to confirm their placement. 

    Please click here to see if the Young Fives Program is the right placement for your child?  




    Thank you for your interest in Young Fives.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.   

    Keith Howell

    Executive Director, PreK-12 Teaching and Learning