YCHS School Profile

Principal, Dr. Chelsea Harris-Hugan

Dr. Chelsea Harris-Hugan, has been in education for over 20 years. Her years of experience as an educator spans from preschool to high school. In addition to her role as an educator, she is a mom of three adult children and a wife of 28 years. She enjoys spending time with family and most water sport activities. 

She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University, her Master’s Degree from Wayne State University, and her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from North Central State University in Arizona. She is a lifelong learner with a passion for nurturing and educating children as well as young adults.

This year will mark her 23rd year in education. She has been a classroom teacher, literacy coach, curriculum coordinator, curriculum director K-12, and early childhood director. She was the principal of the largest elementary school in the Oak Park School District. She has served communities that were under-resourced in Detroit, Michigan, as well as schools with greater resources in Plymouth-Canton, Michigan.

Her work as a principal has been the most fulfilling. This life’s calling allows her the continued opportunity to work collaboratively with teachers daily while remaining connected to students’ learning and growing.

She is a firm believer that every child can succeed and that positive nurturing relationships between students and staff builds self-assurance in students to use their intellect, to shape their future and the future of their community and the nation

Special Services Offered

  • 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


  • 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 Brochure

YCHS ACTech Brochure

Ypsilanti STEMM Middle College Brochure