The vision of Ypsilanti Community Schools is to be the first choice for an exceptional cradle-to-career education.


Ypsilanti Community Schools was launched as a new district July 1, 2013. The district had been carefully designed as a dynamic, interactive and innovative educational experience. Experts in K-12 education along with university, business and parent partners have assisted in the development of this exciting educational system. This model is comprised of project-based learning, Small Learning Communities, International Baccalaureate curriculum and a variety of teaching methods that will cater and appeal to a wide range of learners. Make Ypsilanti Community Schools your first choice for an exceptional cradle-to-career education.

Designed to be different 

The thought and effort behind the creation of the new district is to offer a high quality education for students designed to be different and appealing to a wide range of learners. Here are some of the features that will distinguish YCS from other public school options:

  • College credit partnerships with Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College that allows all high school students to earn FREE college credits or career credentials
  • New Campus: An International Baccalaureate (IB) middle school academy joins the existing IB candidate high school, Washtenaw International High School (WIHI)
  • Middle and high schools will be Small Learning Communities; a school within a school model. Each SLC will offer different themes, eg. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), Performing Arts, New Tech, IB
  • A full spectrum of co-curricular activities including a strong athletic program and after school enrichment clubs that line up with the educational goals of the district
  • Project-based learning, from the elementary level to high school
  • High quality and effective teachers, administrators and support staff
  • A family resource center for parents to obtain information and support
  • A learning environment that promotes high standards, respect, safety and responsibility

5 Guiding Principles


  • High expectations for ALL learners
  • Evidence-based “best” practices while allowing for innovation and creativity
  • Family and community partnerships
  • Student voice and empowerment
  • Responsibility efficiency and financial viability

 5 Pillars to Success

  • Birth Through Kindergarten Entry
  • Leadership at All Levels
  • Positive Culture/Climate Focused on Learning
  • High-Quality Teachers/Teaching
  • Every Student Will Have an Opportunity to Earn College Credit or a Career Credential Prior to High School Graduation