The Boys Swim team, led by coaches Chris Maurino, McKenna Maurino and Paul LaCroix had another year of breaking school records on their way to an undefeated dual meet season and a Downriver League Championship! The team had 8 swimmers and 2 divers qualify for the MHSAA State Finals meet this season with Bruce Liepe, Noah Barstad, Vincent Martinez and Victor Martinez in the 200yd. freestyle relay; Jacob Stibel, Noah Barstad, Vincent Martinez and Victor Martinez in the 200 medley relay; Christopher Watson and Bruce Liepe in the 50 free; Bruce Liepe in the 100 free; Vincent and Victor Martinez in the 100 breaststroke; Victor Martinez in the 200 IM; Jacob Stibel in the 100 back; Bruce Liepe, Christopher Watson, Aaron Knoch and Geoffrey Honeycutt in the 400 free relay; and Alexander Alvarez and Brendan Wilkes in diving. Three school records were broken with Bruce Liepe in the 50 free; Christopher Watson, Noah Barstad, Vincent Martinez and Bruce Liepe in the 200 free relay; and Jacob Stibel, Noah Barstad, Vincent Martinez and Bruce Liepe in the 200 medley relay. The team earned so many points while at the State Final meet that they achieved a Top 13 finish!

  • Noah Barstad earned All-State and All-League honors
  • Bruce Liepe earned All-State and All-League honors
  • Vincent Martinez earned All-State and All-League honors
  • Christopher Watson earned All-State and All-League honors
  • Victor Martinez earned All-State and All-League honors
  • Aaron Knoch earned All-League honors
  • Alexander Alvarez earned All-League honors
  • Geoffrey Honeycutt earned All-League honors




Early learning is a key component to the success of each and every child – the earlier we can provide solid educational opportunities to our younger learners the better.  With that being said, we are very proud to announce that the Allen Park Public Schools Board of Education approved the expansion of the Young 5’s Program held at Lindemann (currently for the district) to Arno Elementary and Bennie Elementary starting with the 2018-19 school year. 

Please share this information with friends and neighbors in the APPS boundaries with young children getting ready for school this fall!

Registration is still open for screening for the district’s Young Five’s Program.  Ideal candidates for the program are turning 5 years of age between July 1 and December 1.  (December 2 and later are not eligible and consideration will not be given to students born before July 1).  The Young Five’s Program is currently open for residents of Allen Park Public Schools.

Young 5’s Screening Sessions

Schedule a Screening for your Young 5 at the link below on March 12, 13 or 14, 2018:

Screening Location:
Riley Education Center
9601 Vine Ave
Allen Park, MI 48101

(Kindergarten Enrollment Info is also attached)

Young Five’s or Kindergarten?

Children enter kindergarten with a range of skills, including physical, cognitive, social, and emotional. Often, children who turn five years of age later than their peers will have a significantly different level of development than a child approaching their sixth birthday. For this reason, we offer a Young 5’s Program.

The program is designed for students who have a summer or fall birthdate. The focus of the program is to provide eligible children another year to learn and grow, helping to prevent them from experiencing the frustration of the high demands of kindergarten when they are not ready.

This program does not replace preschool or kindergarten; rather, our Young Fives Program offers an additional year as a gift of time. Enrollment in the Young Fives Program is a decision made in collaboration between parents, teachers, and administrators that begins with a screening process.

Students enrolled in the Young Fives Program have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities designed to bridge the gap between preschool and kindergarten. Students engage in activities that teach thinking, reasoning, and decision-making skills. They also develop their listening, social/emotional, and literacy skills.

The Program allows children to use a hands on approach to learning. The curriculum is similar to kindergarten but moves at a slower more manageable pace. This program provides a strong foundation that helps children become more successful students and ignites a love for learning that lasts a lifetime.

The Young Five Program is intended to be a bridge between preschool and kindergarten
Ideal candidates include children who:

  • Turn 5 years old between July 1st and December 1st.
  • Live in the Allen Park Public Schools district
  • Could benefit from an extra year of social and emotional growth.
  • Have made significant progress in preschool, but are not yet ready for the demands of Kindergarten.
  • Have attended preschool (not a mandatory requirement, but strongly encouraged)
  • Have a basic understanding of academic concepts

o Able to identify several letters, letter sounds, shapes, and colors.

Q: Is the Young Fives Program full day?
A: Yes, the children start and end school with all other K-5 students.
Q: Where will my child go after completing the Young Fives Program?
A: Your child will advance to kindergarten.
Q: Do students in the Young Fives program attend gym, art, music, media and technology?
A: Young Five students attend these classes as well as lunch with our Kindergarten students.

Kindergarten Enrollment Flyer 2018-19 School Year (1) 

NOTE:  The District’s Preschool Program will hold an open house on April 19 at Lindemann at 6:00 p.m.  Registration for the Preschool Program will begin on April 20 for in-district families (Open enrollment begins May 4).  For questions about the Preschool Program, please call Kristy at (313) 827-2662.


APPS Limited Schools of Choice Program Approved for 2018-19

The Allen Park Public Schools Board of Education approved the continuation of a limited Schools of Choice option for the 2018-19 school year for grades Kindergarten through 8th Grade.  Application forms will be available starting Monday, April 9 through Friday, April 27, at the Riley Education Center between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  For your convenience, applications will also be available on our website –

Completed applications may be presented in person at the Riley Education Center or emailed to from April 9 through April 27 at 4:00 p.m.  No late applications can be accepted.

A random draw selection will be held on May 1, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at the Riley Education Center if you wish to attend.  The draw will determine numerical selection for acceptance of candidates.

We ask that you help us by sharing this information with friends and/or family members who may be interested in having their children become a part of the Allen Park Public Schools Family.

For more information about the Schools of Choice Program, please see the attached FAQ’s, visit our website at or call (313) 827-2105.

Schools of Choice Program 2018-19 

Barbara Zdrodowski
Administrative Assistant to
Michael H. Darga, Superintendent
Allen Park Public Schools
9601 Vine Avenue
Allen Park, MI  48101
(313) 827-2150
(313) 827-2151 FAX


I am proud to announce that the 201​8​ APHS Varsity ​Compe​titive Chee​r​ ​team is ​MHSAA Regional Champions! The team won the title on ​Saturday afternoon​ with a big win against the other 11 teams who qualified for the Regional. ​This year’s team consists of Coaches ​​Julie Goodwin, Kim Isom, Meghan Terry, Jess Tremonti and Theresa Couturier and cheerleaders Sydney Andrews, Sydney Bain, Toni Bohling, Madisyn Celina, Rylie Davis, Kylee Dietz, Gabrielle Graham, Haylee Jent, Olivia Johnson, Monica Karagozian, Skyler Longton, Alianna Madrigal, Alexandra McJunkin, Carolyn Morris, Emily Obrycki-Smith, Jessika Palmarchuk, Faith Ridolfi, Cecelia Roark, Angela Sammut, Celeste Sarzynski, Christina Sirhan, Lyric Spears, Emily Stempien and Hailey Woodworth.

Kenneth A. Stephens, CAA
Asst. Principal/Athletic Director
Allen Park High School
313-827-1204 (office)
734-552-0473 (cell)

“It is a great day to be a JAG!”