Is your child unsure of what he or she wants to be when they grow up? No matter which path they choose to take after high school, a solid education that prepares them for life is key to future success.
And that’s precisely what the students at Ypsilanti Community Schools receive.
This preschool through 12th-grade public school option in Washtenaw County serves students at 11 schools across the district and works with local community organizations to ensure that their students get the best programming across the board.
“One of the things that set us apart from other districts is that we have great community support through community partnerships,” Taryn Willis, the district’s marketing and communications coordinator says. “Each school has its unique partners that volunteer and mentor students plus provides special academic enrichment programming.”
Included in the district’s community partners are local universities Eastern Michigan University, the University of Michigan and Washtenaw Community College where students can dual enroll, along with the Ypsilanti District Library, which supports literacy programming, plus a long list of other partners.
And the district does just as well in the classroom. Two of their schools are nationally recognized plus the district has an International Baccalaureate (IB) elementary school.
“Perry Early Learning Center is a notable preschool in the country through the Perry Preschool Study which was a research project conducted by High Scope in the 1960’s ” Willis adds (visit evidencebasedprograms.org for more information on the study). And Erickson Elementary School’s mission to nurture leadership skills in all of their students has earned the school the “A Leader in Me School” title.
Ypsilanti International Elementary School, better known as YIES, is one of the districts most highlighted schools. The school provides students Pre-K through 5th-grade with an IB curriculum designed to nurture and develop the whole child as an inquirer.
Also, the district offers top-of-the-line extracurricular activities that are created to both inspire students and hone in on interests that might not necessarily be taught in the typical classroom setting.
“We have a National Honor Society and a notable robotics and STEM program at the high school,” Willis says. “We have great gardening programming in all of our lower elementary schools with the help from a local organization, Growing Hope, which teaches kids different elements of science involved in gardening.”
And to ensure that every child has the energy to do his or her best during the school day, Ypsilanti Community Schools offers free breakfast and lunches during the school year and participates in “Meet Up, Eat Up,” which provides students with balanced meals throughout the summer months at various locations in the community.
In August, YCS throws a huge community event to celebrate the new school year and provide parents with YCS enrollment information plus kids receive new backpacks, school supplies, free haircuts, plus a free barbecue, no matter the district they reside.
Ypsilanti Community Schools is currently enrolling students for the 2020-21 school year, and the district offers School of Choice to students outside of the district boundary. Parents can apply online.
For more information on Ypsilanti Community Schools, and details on how to enroll your child, visit them online at ycschools.us.