Progress Park


Progress Park (formerly Forest School)     

3980 Research Park Dr.


Ann Arbor, MI 48108


Phone: (734) 994-3340 Fax: (734) 994-3341



Principal: Julie Voelker


Secretary: Jeana Austin


A Service of the Washtenaw ISD


Student hours:

Full day: 8:30-3:00 pm.

Half day: 8:30-11:30 am.


Progress Park Student and Parent handbook (pdf)


Progress Park, formerly known as Forest School, is part of the continuum of services provided to Washtenaw county local school districts serviced by the Washtenaw Intermediate School District.


Progress Park serves students with severe behavioral, emotional, and/or mental health needs. A formal referral process is used by local districts, Progress Park, and the WISD when considering whether Progress Park is an appropriate placement for each student. Any initial referral must be the result of the IEP process in the students local district wherein decisions are made to review appropriate placement options.


The referral request must come from the student’s local school district.


Progress Park's high staff to student ratio includes classroom teachers, teaching assistants, and school social workers, allowing staff to analyze, plan for, implement, and monitor behavior improvement plans for maximum student success. In addition, Progress Park provides school psychologist(s), speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy 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 students learning and 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 and encourage progress.


As of the 2016-17 School Year, Progress Park (formerly Forest School) is officially a “Separate Educational Entity” (SEE). This means that each student remains a local district student and Progress Park is a service provider, not a district.  All credits earned by a student are recommended by the school staff to the local district in which the student belongs while attending Progress Park. Credits may only be granted by the local district based upon the local district board-approved standards. Progress Park does not graduate students or issue diplomas.  Local districts provide diplomas when the necessary credits have been attained. Progress Park staff remain in contact with local districts regarding the students who are served at Progress Park on topics such as progress, transition planning, and other activities.

Peachjar Electronic Flyers

Washtenaw ISD now uses Peachjar eFlyers to distribute information via electronic flyers. Peachjar enables school districts to send information to parents, staff, and community members as colorful digital flyers directly via email and on our website. To see current flyers for our district, click below:


WISD’s flyer distribution guidelines and information on how external community organizations can share flyers is available here.

Safety Drill Information:  

2021-22 Safety Drill Schedule (PDF)


Current Safety Drill Report (PDF)