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Who provides educational services in the Youth Center?

The Washtenaw Intermediate School District is contracted to provide services for students at the Washtenaw County Youth Center. Information about the WISD, our mission, vision, and official polices can be found on

Students have six hours of class time per day. There are a maximum of ten students per class. We use Edgenuity, an online education tool, and direct instruction to assess and advance students' learning.

Aligned to the state of Michigan's policies and philosophy, we focus on mastery of content, rather than the time spent on tasks. This means, at times, we will test students out of material they know, and look for every opportunity to help their transition in and out of the facility and work to keep them or get them on track with school.

We focus on what each student needs to learn and grow. For some, that might be work in a specific subject, for others it might be the school behaviors and habits to return to their school. If you have any questions about your student's plan, please do not hesitate to contact us.

How do I contact the school staff?

Principal: JT Sangsland, MA EdL


A-1 True North Teacher/Case Manager: Niketya Byrd, MA


Detention Teacher/Case Manager: Susan Bloom, MA



Why does it take some students more or less time than others to complete a class? How close is my student to graduating?

For more on the state's definition of mastery of content, see the Michigan Department of Education guidelines. This link also contains information about graduate requirements for the state of Michigan.

What counts as a credit under the Michigan Merit Curriculum?

The MMC requires that credit be awarded based on a student’s demonstration that he or she has successfully met the content expectations for the credit area, not by the commonly used Carnegie unit, which is based on seat time.

How do I get records of my student's work from the Youth Center?

When your student exits our program, progress reports and credit recommendations, if credit was earned will be sent to you, the parent, and the home school district. If you have questions about credit or work while your student was with us, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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