YCHS School Profile

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

  • 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