Welcome to Waterford School District!
WSD offers amazing academic and extracurricular opportunities for ALL students. We encourage you to take some time to explore our website and learn more about us.
Our Waterford STEM Academy application is also available online for 9th-12th grade students living in Oakland County who would like to be considered for the program. The application will close on March 22, 2024.
For grades 1-12, we welcome those students who live within our district boundaries.
Scroll down to begin the online enrollment/registration process or enroll in person by visiting our Central Enrollment Office at 501 N. Cass Lake Road.
As always, if you have any questions, please give our Central Enrollment office a call, or email, and we will be happy to help. We look forward to welcoming you and your family to our amazing WSD community.
Today's Student, Tomorrow's Leader.
Waterford School District is uniquely prepared to build your child's future.
Over $4 million invested in cutting-edge curriculum
Problem-Based Learning inspires students through creative, real-world projects
Commitment to early childhood development with construction of new Stepanski Early Childhood Center
Innovative STEM Academy
Emphasis on Social and Emotional Learning
Engaging extracurricular experiences
*Special Note: If your child is born on or before September 1st, they will be eligible for Kindergarten. If your child is born between September 2nd and December 1st, they will be eligible for Junior Kindergarten.
Schools of Choice & School Selection
The Waterford School District believes that parents should have the opportunity to provide educational opportunities for their student, including making the decision on which school or school district to attend. In Waterford, there are two different options.
Schools of Choice - Non-Residents
The District believes that offering choice to a broader community outside our traditional boundaries will enrich those students' lives and our District. Parents, who reside outside Waterford School District boundaries, may apply for a Junior Kindergarten or Kindergarten Schools of Choice transfer into the District if space is still available after all internal school selection applications have been considered.
School Selection - For District Residents
Parents who reside within the Waterford School District boundaries may complete a request form for the transfer of their child to another school building. The request will be accepted depending on space availability. Available seats will be reviewed the next school day after the deadline.
The School District will make every effort to communicate the options available to parents and students so that school selection may be based on educational criteria. Students and parents can be assured that high educational expectations, common learning outcomes and quality will be found at any Waterford School they attend.
We offer the same educational program in all of the elementary schools, in all of the middle and high schools. We realize, however, that each child is unique and that learning styles can and do differ. In order for each child to be successful in learning, the educational program offered in elementary, middle and high schools provides different methods of instruction, materials and schedules.
Transportation is provided to children living within the attendance areas of their designated school. Students enrolled in Schools of Choice and School Selection must provide their own transportation.
Statewide Public Health Requirements and Guidelines
Hearing and Vision Screening
According to the Michigan Public Health Code (Act 368 of 1978), children entering kindergarten must have their hearing and vision tested before the first day of school and parents must submit a certificate of hearing and vision screening or statement of exemption to the school district.
Additionally, the Revised School Code (Act 451 of 1976, section 380.1177 requires that parents of children entering kindergarten present a statement to school officials confirming they have received the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Vision Screening, or a statement signed a Health Department Technician, a licensed eye care provider (optometrist or ophthalmologist) or medical/osteopathic physician. School officials are required to enter vision screening data into the MCIR/SIRS system for all kindergarten students’ new entrants by November 1st of each year. A separate report to MDHHS or the Oakland County Health Division is no longer required.
The goal of the law is early identification and treatment of hearing and vision problems that can affect the child’s ability to learn. Although the Public Health Code rules state hearing and vision screening shall be done at least once during the ages of 3 through 5 years, best practice is within six to twelve months of entering kindergarten.
Oakland County Health Division offers free hearing and vision screening by appointment for all children who will attend Kindergarten in Oakland County. Please notify your communications team to consider including the hearing and vision screening information listed in the attachments in the spring edition of your newsletter.
Kindergarten Dental Screening Program
On December 29, 2020, a new law was passed in Michigan recommending students entering kindergarten have a dental screening before or shortly after their first school year begins.
Dental cavities are a common childhood illness that can cause pain. Cavities can prevent children from eating and keep them awake at night. Both eating and sleep help kids learn. Dental screening helps identify and treat oral health problems, so children are well-rested, able to eat, and ready to learn!
Oakland County Health Division is now available to offer Kindergarten dental screening in Oakland County schools.