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Preschool and Elementary Schools

Beatty Early Learning Center

Beatty Early Learning Center

1661 Leforge Rd.
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
734-994-8178

Principal: Ginelle Skinner

Ginelle has been the principal at Beatty ELC for 1 year. She has 26 years of experience working in the education field. She brings to YCS many years of experience in teacher training, student guidance, curriculum development and implementation. She resides in Jackson, MI with her youngest of three daughters. Her two oldest daughters are attending Grand Valley State University.

Special Services Offered in Building

  • Full and half day state and federally funded preschool programs
  • Special Education team to provide support
  • Many Parent Volunteer opportunities
  • Male Ambassador Group for Dad’s
  • Monthly Family Events
  • Monthly Parent meetings
  • Weekly Coffee Chat for Parents
  • Rotary Readers and Books for Badges read to children monthly
  • Volunteers from U of M nurses program
  • Fluoride Varnish and Mobile Dentist Services provided
  • WIC on-site bi-annually
  • Bookmobile monthly visits

Class Size Averages

  • 16 kids per classroom, 2 adults (16:2)

Staff

  • Teachers (Full-Time Equivalent): 16
  • Support Staff: 9
  • Administrators: 1

School Communication

Ford Early Learning Center

Ford Early Learning Center

2440 Clark Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
734-221-1800

Principal: Jeanina Harris

Jeanina Harris joined Ford Early Learning Center in 2017, following four years as an instructional coach within the Ypsilanti Community Schools District. Her career began in Detroit Public Schools and the Norfolk Public Schools. Family brought her back to Michigan and to Ypsilanti Community Schools. After 4 years as an instructional coach, she is excited to take on the leadership role of principal of Ford ELC.

Jeanina Harris grew up in Detroit, attended Eastern Michigan University. She has earned a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership both from the University of Texas.

Ms. Harris believes that all students can learn when given the right opportunity. She also believes that partnerships with parents and community members make great opportunities for improving schools.

During her free time, Ms. Harris enjoys gardening, crafts, reading and spending time with family.

Special Services Offered in Building
 

  • General Education
  • Speech Therapy
  • Programs for the Disabled
  • Homebound
  • School Social Workers
  • School Nurse
  • Learning Specialists
  • Headstart/GSRP (4-year-olds)
  • Bright Futures

Class Size
 

  • Averages 17.2

Staff
 

  • Teachers (Full-Time Equivalent): 25
  • Support Staff: 26
  • Administrators: 1

School Communication
 

Perry Early Learning Center

Perry Early Learning Center

550 Perry Street
Ypsilanti, MI. 48197
734-221-1700

Principal TBD

Special Services Offered in Building
 

  • General Education5 First Grade Classrooms
    • 6 Kindergarten Classrooms
    • 2 Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms
  • Preschool
    • 7 Head Start/Great Start Readiness Preschool Classrooms
  • Special Education
    • 3 Early Childhood Special Education Classrooms
    • Early On Intervention
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Social Work
    • 2 School Social Workers
  • School Nurse
  • Title One Intervention
  • 2 Title One Teachers (Math & Reading)
  • Unified Arts
    • Music
    • Physical Education
    • Art
    • Science
  • Bright Futures
  • Ann Arbor YMCA
    • Gymnastics
    • Kick, Catch, Throw
  • Parents in the Picture

Class Size Averages
 

  • 1st grade - 26
  • Kindergarten - 21
  • Preschool - 15
  • Early Childhood Special Education - 10

Staff
 

  • Teachers: 29
  • Support Staff: 21
  • Dean of Students: 1
  • Principal: 1

School Communication
 

Erickson Elementary School

Erickson Elementary School      

1427 Levona
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48198
734-221-1600

Principal, Kelly Mickel

I grew up in New York and have now proudly been in the Ypsilanti community for nineteen years. I began my teaching career in 2004 at Kettering and Kaiser Elementary Schools as a Physical Education teacher and over the course of my tenure have taught at all levels, K-12. In 2009, I received my Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University. Over the course of my career in education, I have served as a coach, teacher, athletic director and now a principal for the past four years. I am now in my third year as principal of Erickson Elementary. My expertise in project-based learning, technology integration, innovation, and leadership has enhanced the instructional initiatives and school culture at Erickson. I have high expectations and am dedicated to ensuring the highest quality education for all children. I believe positive relationships are the foundation for high-quality teaching and learning and fostering a positive school culture and climate. Welcome to the Erickson family!

Vision: Excellence at Erickson Mission

We are a community of leaders. We recognize, honor and celebrate the leaders within us!

We…
L
ove learning
Excel in all we do
Achieve goals together
Do what is right

Special Services Offered in Building

  • General Education
  • Exceptional Co-curricular Classes: Art, Music, Physical Education, Science
  • English Language Learner Support
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Programs for students with disabilities
  • School Social Workers
  • School Nurse
  • Intervention Teachers
  • Science Olympiad
  • Therapaws: Reading Therapy Dogs
  • EMU Bright Futures Afterschool Program
  • U of M Ready, Set, Go Blue
  • U of M Empire for the Youth Social Skills and Academic Support
  • Tutoring
  • Foster Grandparents Program
  • Strong School/Community Partnerships
  • Parent Leadership Team
  • Family Fun Curriculum Nights

Class Size Averages
 

  • Elementary: 24.4

StafF
 

  • Teachers (Full-Time Equivalent): 35
  • Support Staff: 15
  • ​Administrators: 2
    • Principal- Kelly Mickel
    • Dean of Students- Derrick Davis

School Communication

Estabrook Elementary School


Estabrook Learning Community

1555 West Cross Street Ypsilanti, MI 48197

734-221-1901


Principal, Ryan Johnson

Ryan began his teaching career in 2002 as a media specialist and immediately moved into the role of classroom teacher the following year. From 2003 until 2018 he moved back and forth between 4th and 5th grade crafting his love of teaching and building strong relationships with his students and families. The 16 years he spent in Dearborn Heights District 7 also presented him with leadership opportunities and growth while developing his desire to become an educational leader.

Ryan graduated from Eastern Michigan University with his undergraduate degree in 2002. Five years later he completed his Masters in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College. He received his Educational Leadership Masters in August 2018.

Mr. Johnson is excited to begin a new chapter of his career at the same time that Estabrook is transforming itself. He prides himself on being able to create a safe and comfortable learning environment for all students. Ryan welcomes collaboration and input from all stakeholders and invites anyone to pull up a chair, have a cup of coffee, and talk about the betterment of the school community.

Personally, Ryan is a father of 4 wonderful children. Twins, Jack and Mary are 14 years old and beginning their high school years. Noah, 10 and Luke, 8 also keep him busy. Ryan’s wife, Shannon, of 18 years is a RN with the University of Michigan Hospital and they have lived in Brighton, Michigan for past 8 years.

Special Services Offered in Building
 

  • General Education
  • Speech Therapy
  • Programs for the Disabled
  • Homebound
  • School Social Workers and Counselor
  • School Nurse
  • Learning Specialists
  • Grades 2-5

Class Size Averages

Elementary: 25

Staff
 

  • Teachers (Full-Time Equivalent): 27
  • Support Staff: 26
  • Administrators: 2

School Communication

http://www.ycschools.us/our-schools/elementary-schools/estabrook-elementary/

Holmes Elementary School

Holmes Elementary School

1255 Holmes Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
734-221-2100

Principal: Aaron Rose

Aaron was a K-7 Willow Run student attending Thurston ECDC, Kettering Elementary, and Edmonson Middle School before graduating from Ypsilanti High School in 1992. He attended Eastern Michigan University, earning his BS in Elementary Science in 2000.

He began his teaching career at Adams Academy as an elementary teacher. After nine years there, he transferred to East Middle School to teach Algebra. In 2008, he earned his MA from Eastern Michigan University in Educational Leadership and was named as the Assistant Principal at West Middle School in Ypsilanti. Aaron has served as Assistant Principal at West Middle School and Ypsilanti Middle School, Assistant Principal and Co-Principal at Ypsilanti High School, Principal at Erickson Elementary, Principal at Ypsilanti Community Middle School and is currently the Principal of Holmes Elementary School.

He lives in Ypsilanti with his wife, Andrea, who is also a teacher, and his two daughters, Coryn and Dahlia. He has a deep love for the Ypsilanti community and prides himself on relationships with students and their families.

Special Services Offered in Building

Community Partnerships

  • St. Joseph Mercy Health System (Shape Down)
  • Eastern Michigan University School of Social Work
  • Ann Arbor United Soccer Club
  • America Reads Salvation Army
  • Youth and Family Center Food Gatherers
  • MI826
  • YMCA

PBIS

 

  • Grizzly Gatherings (monthly)
  • All School Events (each trimester)
  • Celebrate- citizenship, attendance and academics

Academic Supports
 

  • Title I services Tutoring
  • Bright Futures YMCA

After School Programs
 

  • Man Up Kid Down Basketball
  • Ann Arbor Soccer United Club Cheerleading
  • Fly Art
  • Science Olympiad Girls On The Run

Young Confident Scholars
 

  • Home of the Grizzly Cubs

 

 

 

Class Size Averages
 

  • 2nd grade- 22
  • 3rd grade- 21
  • 4th grade- 27
  • 5th grade- 20

Staff
 

  • 8.45:1 (Staff:Student)

School Communication
 

 

(YIES) Ypsilanti International Elementary School

(YIES) Ypsilanti International Elementary School

503 Oak Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
734-221-2401

Principal: Cassandra Sheriff

I am delighted to be a part of Ypsilanti Community Schools. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to work with dynamic leaders and highly qualified staff at our elementary school.

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan working with children and families has always been my passion; with over 20 years of experience in the field of education and family and community services, I have a broad background in early childhood as a preschool teacher, program administrator, and county director. I have also worked as a youth and family counselor, and administrator of a community mental health facility.

  • I believe that the goal of elementary education is to support children and their families by providing high-quality(YIES) education and services.
  • I believe that the role of the teacher is to foster a learning environment that is safe, secure and supportive of each individual child.
  • I believe that children deserve an equal chance to learn without being prejudged.
  • I believe that parents and community members contribute to a child’s achievement and success in school and later in life.
  • I believe that knowledge for children is acquired by hands-on learning opportunities that serve the whole child.
  • I believe that Y.I.E.S. exemplifies Young Confident Scholars!

I have obtained a Master of Science Degree in Community Services and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Child Development from Michigan State University. I am currently enrolled in the K-12 Education Administration Program at Eastern Michigan University, where I will also pursue my Doctorate Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I look forward to continuing my career at Ypsilanti Community Schools!

I am married to my loving husband Attorney Omar Sheriff. We share three wonderful children Danny, Jacob, and Kennedy. When work commitments are met, I enjoy spending quality time with family and friends, giving back to my community, learning new things, laughing, listening to music, traveling, and shopping.

Special Services Offered in Building:

Ypsilanti International Elementary School (YIES) is an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) candidate school. www.ibo.org

What is an IB PYP School?

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) is a curriculum framework designed for students 3 to 12 years of age. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer; both in the classroom and in the world outside.

At YIES we offer:
 

  • Pre-K through 12th Grade Continuum Model (PYP at YIES, MYP at WIMA, & DP at WIHI) for the International Baccalaureate Program
  • Preschool through 5th Grade program option
  • Spanish classes starting in Preschool through 5th grade
  • Unified Arts for all grade levels: Music, P.E., Art, Spanish, and Science
  • Kids Clubs: Spanish, YMCA, Bright Futures, and more!
  • YMCA-Ann Arbor Before and After School program on site
  • A full range of Special Education Services in the least restrictive environment including, speech, physical, and occupational therapy, social worker, literacy intervention specialist; and school nurse.
  • Family and Community Environment
  • Loving, Caring, and Highly Qualified Staff

Class Size Averages
 

  • Preschool 3 yrs, 15:1
  • Preschool 4 yrs, 16:1
  • Transitional Kindergarten, 16:1
  • Kindergarten, 25:1
  • 1st Grade, 22:1
  • 2nd Grade, 25:1
  • 3rd Grade, 26:1
  • 4th Grade, 30:1
  • 5th Grade, 30:1

Additional support staff are in classrooms (assignments vary per classroom); including Foster Grandparents, Paraprofessionals, and Student Teachers/Interns.

Staff
 

  • Teachers (Full-Time Equivalent): 25
  • Support Staff: 20
  • Administrators: 2

School Communication
 

Middle School

(YCMS) Ypsilanti Community Middle School

Ypsilanti Community Middle School

510 Emerick Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
734-221-2203

Principal, Seth Petty

Mr. Petty served as principal of Holmes Elementary before moving on to the Middle School.

As Principal of Holmes, Mr. Petty significantly reduced suspensions and increased daily attendance. Academically, he initiated a pacing plan & calendar for Holmes Elementary. This is a first for Holmes Elementary. In addition, he coordinated a partnership with Ypsilanti Community High School STEM Academy to bring STEM-related activities, as well as robotics & manufacturing components into the elementary school.

He earned a B.A. from Marygrove College and a Masters in Education through the Griot Program at Marygrove College. He has also studied at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and Cooley School of Law in Lansing, Michigan. In 2003. Mr. Petty left the company to pursue his dream job in K-12 education. He is married and the father of two wonderful children. More than a decade later he is honored to lead Ypsilanti Community Middle School in Ypsilanti Community Schools.

Special Services Offered in Building

 

  • General Education
  • Self Contained classrooms
    • Cognitively Impaired
    • Emotionally Impaired
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • 6th-grade support
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Homebound services
  • School Social Workers
  • School Nurse
  • Learning Specialists
  • UM RAHS health clinic

Ypsi Grizzlies

 
   

Class Size Averages
 

  • Middle School: 30

Staff
 

  • Teachers (Full-Time Equivalent): 28
  • Support Staff: 24
  • Administrators: 3

School Communication
 

High Schools

(YCHS) Ypsilanti Community High School

Ypsilanti Community High School

2095 Packard Rd
Ypsilanti, MI. 48197
734-221-1000

Principal, Cory Gildersleeve

Cory Gildersleeve is the Principal of Ypsilanti Community High School. He came to Ypsilanti Community Schools with extensive coaching, teaching, and experience. As a collegiate student-athlete, he received his Bachelor's Degree from Central Michigan University where he was recognized as a leader on the field and in the classroom.

While completing his Master’s Degree through Marygrove College, he was honored with three ‘Who’s Who Amongst America’s Teachers” Awards and was also named County and Region Honorable Mention Coach of the Year.

He earned his Administrative Educational Leadership Certificate through Eastern Michigan University’s Specialist Degree Program. In doing this, he was able to work as an administrative intern at the Roberto Clemente Developmental Center and the A2 Technical High School Campus. He then continued on with administrative work for the Ann Arbor Public Schools at the Pathways To Success High School Campus as a lead teacher, building Principal (when called upon), Discipline/Detention Chair and PBIS Co-Chair. While in Ann Arbor, he was also on the Equity Team at Pattengill Elementary and spent time as a member of the Washtenaw County Task Force for at-risk youth.

As a Turnaround Principal at YCHS, Mr. Gildersleeve has lead a complete culture and climate change in the building by following the Seven Correlates Of Effective Schools. The high school is safe, orderly and disciplined. There is a clear mission of developing every scholar’s attitude, work ethic and skill set and vision of using choice theory; being reasonable, respectful and responsible - ‘R3’. Mr. Gildersleeve is an Instructional Leader that has high expectations for success in the classroom as well and he frequently monitors student progress through Local and Standardized data.

Mr. Gildersleeve and his Administrative Team have expanded the YCS dual enrollment partnership with Washtenaw County Community College, developed a partnership with Eastern Michigan University’s teacher prep program and their project based SEMIS Coalition, and added several performing arts classes to the high school.

Under Mr. Gildersleeve’s leadership, a third Small Learning Community was added to the high school - the Freshmen Academy joined the STEMM Middle College and AC Tech SLC’s. While overseeing the three Small Learning Communities at the high school, Mr Gildersleeve and his Administrative Team have increased the high school's total student enrollment, reduced suspensions over a third, raised the daily attendance close to ten points and had ninety percent of last years current senior class graduated on time, where the first ‘YCS Graduation Car’ was given away to an AC Tech senior.

Special Services Offered in the High School Building
 

  • Bright Futures, EMU partner
  • Communities In Schools Program
  • CTE Classes offered through YCS and Washtenaw Community College
  • Dual Enrollment at Washtenaw Community College
  • General Education
  • Homebound services
  • Learning Specialists
  • Math and ELA support classes
  • Mentor To Youth, EMU partner
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Restorative Justice, Restorative Practices
  • Robotics Team - State Champions, National Qualifier
  • Self Contained classrooms
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Cognitively Impaired
    • Emotionally Impaired
  • School Nurse
  • School Social Workers
  • Senior car giveaway at graduation
  • Speech Therapy
  • UM, RAHS Health Clinic
  • Upward Bound, EMU partner
  • YCS@Work - community internships for our upperclass student Grizzlies

Class Size Averages
 

  • High School: 26

Staff
 

  • Administrators: 4
  • Dean: 1
  • Counselors: 3
  • College Advisor: 1
  • Teachers (Full-Time Equivalent): 62
  • Support Staff: 31

Current Electives Offered
 

  • African American Literature, Art, Band, Choir, CTE: Auto, Culinary and Nursing, Drama, Engineering, Health, Physical Education, Social Justice, Speech, and Debate, YCS@Work

Current Sports Offered
 

  • Fall: football, boys soccer, boys tennis, girls swimming, sideline cheer, volleyball
  • Winter: boys and girls basketball, boys and girls bowling, boys swimming, wrestling
  • Spring: boys and girls track and field, baseball, softball, girls soccer, boys golf

School Communication

 

SPECIAL YCHS PROGRAMS

YCHS Freshman Academy 

Link to program brochure

YCHS AC Tech

Link to program brochure

Ypsilanti STEMM Middle College

Link to program brochure

 

 

(ACCE) Achieving Career & College Education

ACCE - Achieving Career & College Education

1076 Ecorse
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
734-221-1691

Principal: Jonathan Royce

Jonathan Royce is an individual with multiple talents and interests. He is an owner of a new food venture Hustling Hoagies, has worked professionally as a model, writer and commercial actor, is a three-time All American Athlete, Big Ten Champion and Hall of Fame athlete at the University of Michigan and has coached at both the high school and college ranks. Most importantly, Mr. Royce has worked in education and with children for many years. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and received his Masters in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University.

His work with Ypsilanti youth started many years ago at Parkridge Community Center while working for the Ypsilanti Rec department. From there, he spent time as a paraeducator at Perry Elementary and also worked at the before and after school programs at the district's elementary schools. He did his student teaching at Ypsilanti High School while also subbing in both Ypsilanti and Willow Run schools. He has spent six years working with "at-risk youth" in Ann Arbor's School District at Roberto Clemente and most Recently Pathways Academic Campus. He began his administrative career as Assistant Principal at Lincoln Middle School. Last year, Mr

. Royce joined YCS, working at Ypsilanti Community Middle School as Assistant Principal and later Interim Principal. He is currently in his second year as principal of ACCE

Special Services Offered in Building
 

  • General Education
  • Speech Therapy
  • Homebound
  • School Social Workers
  • Learning Specialists

Grizzly

 
   

Class Size Averages
 

  • 12

Staff
 

  • Teachers: 9
  • Support Staff: 6
  • Administrators: 1

School Communication