About Us

Core Values

Two essential concepts support Core Values and Beliefs: the Learner Profile and the IB Attitudes.

The IB-PYP Attitudes are a vital focus in the development of positive attitudes towards people, the environment, and learning.  These are the core values ascribed in the day to day IB attitudes we use:

  • Appreciation
  • Commitment
  • Confidence
  • Cooperation
  • Creativity
  • Curiosity
  • Empathy
  • Enthusiasm
  • Independence
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Tolerance

Core Beliefs

YIES believes that learning is an endless journey and focuses on making students lifelong learners.  Students are engaged meaningfully to develop thinking, research, communication, social and self management skills to build themselves as independent learners.

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-Minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-Takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective


We offer a variety of programs and activities for our students:

  • K through 12th grade continuum option for the International Baccalaureate Program (PYP at YIES, MYP at WIMA, & DP at WIHI).

  • World Language/Spanish Curriculum for students Preschool through Fifth Grade.

  • Science, Art, Music, P.E., Outdoor Recess, Field Trips and Engaging Assemblies.

  • Kids Clubs (Before and After School Spanish, Arts, Sports, and Academics Enrichment).

  • YMCA-Ann Arbor Before and After School child care onsite.

  • Special Education and Intervention Programs (Speech & Language, Social Work, Academic Support, OT, & PT).

Ypsilanti International Elementary School

503 Oak Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
Phone: 734-221-2400
Fax: 734-221-2403

Dr. Cassandra Sheriff, Principal
Dr. Cassandra Sheriff