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Summer School Information

Ypsilanti Community Schools Summer School

Summer school starts June 25 through August 1. Classes are on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Breakfast and lunch are served daily.  

Link to 2019 Summer Instructional Program


New Leadership At Ypsilanti Community Schools Vow To Work To Strengthen District


After filling the position for several months on an interim basis, Alena Zachery-Ross was recently named the permanent superintendent for Ypsilanti Community Schools, and Dr. Carlos Lopez was recently hired as the assistant superintendent of curriculum.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with both of them about their goals and efforts to work for the betterment of the Ypsilanti Community School District.

Click here to hear Interview with Alena Zachery-Ross and Dr. Carlos Lopez

When you get to the page, click on the button that looks like this on the page.


YCS Robotics

How robots are changing students' lives in this at-risk community

In 2014, Ypsilanti Community Schools created the Ypsilanti STEMM Middle College, which is housed in the same building as Ypsilanti AC Tech High School. 

The program allows students to learn about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and offers dual-enrollment where teens can earn college credits while obtaining a high school diploma.

Link to MLive article

YCS Honors Congressman John Dingell

Ypsilanti Community Schools recognized the long service of the late Congressman John Dingell for his commitment to Southeast Michigan and Ypsilanti Community Schools. His wife Congresswoman Debbie Dingell was presented a resolution from the YCS Board of Education for his service and dedication to the community.


Ypsilanti Rotary Club Scholarship Recipients

Today Ypsilanti Community School students were scholarship recipients at the Ypsilanti Rotary Club. Congratulations to Kenneth Curtis (YCHS) and Sophia Mosher (WIHI) for their scholarship award!


Community Update for End of School Year: Grizzly Soiree, Graduation, YCHS Prom, Mom2MOM Sale and more

The school year is coming to an end, and we are excited for the students graduating to the next grade level and from Ypsilanti Community High School!  Just a few end of the year reminders and events hosted by Ypsilanti Community Schools in the coming weeks.

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week and Ypsilanti Community Schools would like to give a BIG THANK YOU to all of the hardworking and dedicated teachers in our district and community.  We appreciate what you do for our students, and we hope you have a fabulous week!

We would also like to thank our School Nurses for their endless work in keeping our staff and students healthy during the school year! National School Nurse Day is next week too!

Ypsilanti Community Schools District Update:

  • YCS Save the Dates!
  • The Grizzly Soiree Breakfast Edition is Friday, May 17th at Riverside Arts Center starting at 9 a.m.  This event is a thank you to our YCS community supporters but open to the public!  Tickets are available at the YCS Administration Building.  This year's guest speaker is Ypsilanti Public Schools graduate and celebrity Chef Darrell "DAS" Smith.  The RCTC Culinary Arts students will prepare breakfast under the lead of Chef Aaron Gaertner and entertainment will be provided by the Steve Somer's Band.  Cultivate Coffee and Taphouse will provide a coffee bar for guest in support of this event!  For more information, please call 734.221.1212.
  • Ypsilanti Community Schools is hiring! Join us for the YCS Job Fair on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at the Back Office Studios from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for on-site interviews for multiple positions in the district.  YCS administrators and principals will be onsite to answer any questions about the district and jobs available. 
  • Ford Early Learning Center and Holmes Elementary will join the district Traditional Calendar starting in 2019-20 school year. 
  • Measles Information from the Washtenaw County Health Department is available-Vaccinations are available at RAS Clinics
  • YCS School of Choice Application window is now open!  Here are the Top 5 Reasons to Choose YCS!
  • Join us Jazz in the Parking Lot with headliner Detroit Queen of Blues Thornetta Davis at Shadford Field on Friday, July 26th starting at 7 p.m.
  • Celebrate the new year at the Third Annual YCS Back to School Bash presented by United Sonz and Puffer Reds at Prospect Park on Saturday, August 31st starting at noon. Backpack donations accepted!
  • YCS is still accepting sponsorship opportunities for the YCS Event Series Sponsorship Package which includes Jazz in the Parking Lot, Back to School Bash and 2020 Grizzly Soiree.

Ypsilanti Community High Schoo Senior Update:

  • Ypsilanti Community Hgh School Seniors last day is Friday, May 24, 2019.  Senior Prom will be the following week on Friday, May 31, 2019, at the Washtenaw Polo Fields from 7-10 p.m. This year's theme is a Masquerade Ball. Tickets go on sale soon and are $65 per person. 

  • YCHS Graduation is Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center.  Students receive four (4) complimentary tickets and any additional tickets are $5 each at the EMU Convocation Box Office. Graduation precession starts promptly at 6 p.m.

Other District and Community Updates:

As always we appreciate your support of Ypsilanti Community Schools--and we are STRONGER TOGETHER!  

For more information on YCS please visit our website at!

YCS Unity in Learning Family Science and Nature Nights--Volunteers Needed

Join our kids, families, and staff at the YCS Early Learning Centers and Elementary Schools for fun-filled nights of STEM activities and live animal experiences from Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Yankee Air Museum, and Leslie Science & Nature Center!

Through a generous grant from the Bosch Community Fund, these three Unity in Learning partners have been able to provide free field trip, outreach, and distance learning programs to every kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, and 5th-grade class in Ypsilanti Community Schools. Family Science and Nature Nights for all students in the participating schools are the culmination of this year's program.

Many volunteers are needed to help staff the STEM activity tables at each school. The commitment is for 3 hours each night (2 hours of activities with volunteers arriving half an hour early for orientation and staying half an hour after to help break down). 

Organizers from each school you indicate will contact you before their event night to confirm your attendance and provide any additional information that may be needed.

Sign up to volunteer here:

General questions can be addressed to


  • Ford Early Learning Center (PreK - 1st)
    April 30, 4:30 - 7:30 PM, 2440 E. Clark Rd
  • Holmes Elementary (2nd - 5th)
    May 2, 4:30 - 7:30 PM, 1255 Holmes Rd
  • Beatty ELC (preK)
    May 9, 5:00 - 8:00 PM, 1661 Leforge Rd
  • Ypsilanti International Elementary (preK - 5th)
    May 21, 4:30 - 7:30 PM, 503 Oak St
  • Perry ELC (preK - 1st)
    May 23, 5:00 - 8:00 PM, 550 Perry Ave
  • Estabrook Elementary (2nd - 5th)
    May 28, 4:30 - 7:30 PM, 1555 West Cross St
  • Erickson Elementary (1st - 5th)
    June 4, 5:00 - 8:00 PM, 1427 Levona St


Normal park Garage Sale

Fundraiser for YCS Art Trip of Washington D. C. - May 2020

Estabrook Parking Lot
1555 W. Cross St.
Ypsilanti, MI

For information: Email:

Math Corps at U of M

University of Michigan's math department is starting a camp this summer for Ypsilanti Community Middle School students. Math Corps is a summer camp that began in 1994 at Wayne State and has shown tremendous data for student achievement. Math Corps will be at the University of Michigan for 6th-grade & 7th-grade students attending YCMS. YCHS students have also been given applications to become mentors in the program.

Applications were due May 1st but we have extended the deadline until June 1.

The website is: Math Corps Website

Link to flyer

EMU Bright Futures: Ideas to Action

SEL Through an Equity Lens

Principals - Policies - Practices

June 17, 2019 - EMU Student Center

Link to flyer to register

YCS 4th Grade Field Trip

Ypsilanti Community School 4th graders enjoy their live hip-hop concert during their lunch break at Riverside Arts Center.

Image result for eastern michigan universityEMU Education Day Video

Link to Video





Community Events:

YCS Families, Staff and Community Members:

Community Events and Information:.  . 

Ypsilanti Rotary Club is offering scholarships to students living in Ypsilanti, Michigan.  Please see flyer for more details on how to apply.

The National Flag Football Registration is now open!  The spring league is open to students 4-14 years old.

Kindergarten Open Houses:
Learn more about our YCS kindergarten curriculum by visiting our public open houses.  

As always, GO Grizzlies!



YCS Students Traveling to Washington D.C. to have their Art Showcased

Check out the article on our 66 students headed to Washington D.C. next spring to have their artwork showcased at the National Department of Education! The districts art department teachers have been working extremely hard to make this experience for our students happen!

Link to article