Is DAPCEP a school?
No. We are a nonprofit organization. Our administrative office is located in Detroit, but all of our programs take place at various locations across southeast Michigan. These locations include university campuses, corporations, laboratories, museums, churches, and other community centers.
Does my student attend DAPCEP during the school day?
Only if your school has DAPCEP available as an elective. Currently, select Detroit Public Schools and Southfield Public Schools offer DAPCEP during the day. Students who attend this class work on projects throughout the year in preparation for the Science and Engineering Fair of Metropolitan Detroit. Ask your child’s principal about offering DAPCEP!
What grade does DAPCEP start?
Pre-Kindergarten! Students may enter DAPCEP at any grade from Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12. The only exception is the Little Engineers program, where students commit to a 3-year track and enter in Kindergarten.
Does my child have to live in Detroit?
No. Students from all over the tri-county area (and beyond!) are welcome to attend.
Does my child have to attend Detroit Public Schools?
No. Students from any and every school system – public, private, charter, home, etc. – are welcome to attend.
What are the requirements for admission?
Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5, with good attendance and citizenship to be considered for admission.
Is admission guaranteed?
No. The selection process is driven by our program providers (the universities and other organizations who host the classes). Spaces are limited, so meeting the minimum requirements may not be enough to guarantee admission.
Can my child apply even if he/she does not receive letter grades?
Yes. We understand that some institutions use alternative progress measures. When you apply, please submit a copy of your child’s most recent progress report so we can accurately determine your child’s preparedness for select programs.
Will I receive a refund of the application fee if my child is not accepted?
No. The application fee is non-refundable. However, we will apply the fee to the next semester, should you choose to apply again.
How do I apply?
Everything can be completed online though our student portal at www.dapcep.org/apply
I have more than one child applying. Can I use the same username and password for them?
No. Each student must have his/her own username. You can, however, use the same parent or guardian e-mail address.
Can I mail, email, or fax the application to the DAPCEP office?
No. The application must be completed online. However, if you need other options or assistance, please call us at 313-831-3050.
For Schools & Corporations…
We would like to offer DAPCEP during the school day? Where do we start?
Great! Please contact Deputy Director, Michelle Reaves by calling 313-831-3050 or e-mail mreaves[at]dapcep.org
My company would like to design and offer a DAPCEP course at our headquarters or manufacturing site. Where do we start?
This is a wonderful opportunity to expose youth to careers your STEM field. Please contact Deputy Director, Michelle Reaves by calling 313-831-3050 or e-mail mreaves[at]dapcep.org