Third Grade Reading Legislation
The Third Grade Reading legislation requires each district to implement an on-going norm-referenced assessment (like the NWEA MAP Test) to identify each child’s reading progress.
Beginning with the 2019-20 school year, all third graders in Michigan are required to meet the state’s reading proficiency criteria on the M-STEP and/or qualify for a good cause exemption as defined in PA 306, in order to be promoted to fourth grade.
For continued support in reading, please contact your child’s teacher. For more on the state’s Read By Grade Three Law, go to the Michigan Department of Education’s webpage on early literacy (www.michigan.gov/earlyliteracy), where you can find helpful information and resources.
Preschool - Young 5s - KINDERGARTEN ENROLLMENT INFORMATION
YCS Preschool and Kindergarten Age Eligibility Guidelines 2022-2023
Welcome to Ypsilanti Community Schools Preschool and Kindergarten Programs. We look forward to getting to know you and your family. The information below will assist you in the registration process.
Eligibility: Age 3 by December 1st, 2022
DOB Eligibility: 12/1/2018 through 11/30/2019
Eligibility: Age 4 by December 1st, 2022
DOB Eligibility: 12/1/17 through 11/30/18
Our preschool program focuses on the social, emotional, and academic needs of the Three and Four-year-old child. Our teaching staff provides developmentally appropriate activities in Math, Science, Reading, and Writing. Your child will learn Kindergarten Readiness skills and help build a solid foundation for success in his/her educational journey.
Young Fives is a two-year program designed for children turning 5 years old between June 1 and August 31st.
DOB Eligibility: 6/1/2017 through 8/31/2017
The program provides a strong foundation for future success in all areas of learning. Children are taught with hands-on materials, songs, and games. They are assessed by observation and work samples. Upon completion of the two-year program, children enter first grade.
Students who turn 5 after August 31st should enroll in the preschool program.
Eligibility: According to Michigan Compiled Law under MCL 380.1147 and 388.1606 enrollment age for incoming kindergarten students are as follows:
Students must turn 5 by September 1, 2022.
DOB Eligibility: 12/1/2016 through 6/1/2017
Exceptions Provided for Kindergarten Enrollment Age
If a child is not 5 years of age by September 1st, but will be 5 not later than December 1st. Kindergarten Waiver Request form must be submitted prior to beginning school.
A school district that receives this written notification may make a recommendation to the parent or legal guardian that the child is not ready to enroll in kindergarten due to the child's age or other factors. The school will work with the parent/guardian to make the best placement decision for your child.
Early Childhood Programs
Information on Early Childhood Programs at Ypsilanti Community Schools.
Visit the Early Childhood Programs page
Student Support Services
Ypsilanti Community School provides services to students with disabilities in a continuum of educational environments, from regular class placements with special education services and programs to full-day programs in county-based programs.
Visit the Student Support Services page
M-STEP Parent Information
YCHS Freshman Academy
The Freshman Academy will lay the foundation for students to successfully build their skill, will and character.
To create a positive learning community through: • Building strong relationships • Life skills curriculum • Creating academic accountability.
Why choose YCHS Freshman Academy
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