Forest School

Forest School    

1076 Ecorse Road

Ypsilanti, MI  48198-5851


734.994.3340: FAX 734.994.3341


A Service of the Washtenaw ISD


Principal, Julie Voelker,


Building Secretary, Jeana Austin,


Forest School Student and Parent handbook


Parent Contract




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Forest School is part of the continuum of services provided to the local districts served by the Washtenaw Intermediate School District. We serve students with severe behavioral, emotional and/or mental health needs. There is a formal referral process used by local districts, Forest School and the WISD when considering whether Forest is the appropriate placement/service for a student. Any initial referral must be the result of the IEP process wherein decisions were made to review options. The referral request must come from the student’s local school district.


Forest School’s low staff/student ratio, which includes classroom teachers, teaching assistants, and school social workers, allows our staff to work to analyze, plan for, implement and monitor behavior improvement plans to maximize student success. In addition, we provide school psychology and speech/ occupational/physical therapies as appropriate and necessary, as well as regular, on-site contact with a consulting child psychiatrist. Our students participate in Art, Music and PE classes as scheduled throughout each week.


A highly structured team approach is in place to address and support learning, emotional needs, behavioral management, and other issues as necessary and appropriate. Our approach is based upon the internationally accepted tenets of Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS), a set of beliefs and methods designed to protect student dignity, promote respect and document progress.


As of the 2016-17 School Year, Forest School is officially a “Separate Educational Entity” (SEE). This means that each student remains a “local district” student and that Forest is a “service provider” vs “a district”.  Any/all credit earned by a student is recommended by the school staff to the local district to which the student belongs. Credit may only be granted by the local district based upon their board-approved standards. No one “graduates” or receives a diploma from Forest School. Only local districts provide diplomas when the necessary credits have been attained. We work to keep in touch with local districts regarding the students served, their progress, transition planning, and other activities.


Student hours are 8:30am until 3pm. Half days run from 8:30am to 11:30am.



Safety Drill Information:


2017-18 Safety Drill Schedule 


Current Safety Drill Report (PDF)