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Schooling for Children

All children in Michigan between the ages of 6 and 16 must attend school. Public schools are free to all children and books and supplies are often provided. There are a variety of classes students may enroll in at the middle and high schools.

Parents are required to fill out information on vaccinations and other medical details for each child. By law, the school must have a record in English of your child's immunizations. If such a record does not exist or is inadequate, you will be asked to have your child immunized in order to be allowed to attend school. The schools will ask for a birth certificate or legal proof of birth and may ask that the child have a physical exam. Take any records of your children's school work, in addition to their passports, when you enroll them.

There are typically three levels of public school education and are referred to as:
Elementary School: Kindergarten through 5th grade
Middle School: 6th grade through 8th grade
High School: 9th grade through 12th grade

Each school district is required by law to provide free and appropriate education for all children. If you have a child who is has a disability or has a problem, other than lack of English proficiency, that makes it difficult for him/her to be in an ordinary classroom without help, contact the Special Education section of the East Lansing School District at: (517) 333-7459. This office will find the right program for your child and provide whatever help he/she needs. Education is the right of every child.

Please note that while F-2 and J-2 children may study at the primary and secondary level, F-2 children may not enroll in a program at a college or university. J-2 children are permitted to study at a college or university.

For F-2 Spouses

F-2 spouses may only enroll in classes that are avocational and recreational in nature. This means that any classes that F-2 spouses take should be recreational in nature or done as a hobby. F-2 spouses may not be enrolled in a full-time or degree-seeking program. Please see an OISS advisor if you have questions.

For J-2 Spouses

The J-2 spouses of MSU scholars are free to enroll in classes at any level. Enrollment may be on a part-time or full-time basis. If a J-2 spouse wishes to enroll in a full-time degree-seeking program at MSU or any other post-secondary institution, it may be advantageous to consider a change of visa status to F-1 or J-1 student. Please contact an advisor at OISS for more information.

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