Welcome to Yelm Community Schools
107 First Street North, PO Box 476, Yelm, WA 98597
Regular Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
During school vacations, the district office will be open by appointment only or have limited hours. Watch for announcements on the home page.
Closed for Holidays: Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving (Thurs. & Fri.), Christmas Eve & Day, New Year's Eve & Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day
Communities Dedicated to Learning and Achievement
Yelm Community Schools is a welcoming, safe, student-centered, and collaborative learning environment. In partnership with parents, students, and community leaders, YCS staff members are dedicated to helping all students meet performance expectations and achieve their full learning potential.
About Our District
Yelm Community Schools is very proud of the progress its schools are making toward preparing students for their future. With the help of over 650 hard-working staff members and a supportive community, Yelm schools continue to find innovative ways to improve and celebrate student success.
Located in southeast Thurston County, Yelm boasts spectacular views of Mt. Rainier. Yelm is a growing and thriving rural community with easy access to mountains, rivers, beaches, as well as urban and cultural events.
Yelm is the fourth largest district in Thurston County serving the communities of Yelm, McKenna, the Bald Hills (Clear Lake), the Lawrence Lake area, the Nisqually Indian Reservation, and parts of the Lacey suburbs. A portion of the district's 192 square miles extends into Pierce County.
Continued growth has made the Yelm district one of the fastest growing in the state. Current enrollment is 5400 students in six elementary schools, two junior high schools, one high school, and one alternative school.
A voter-approved $46 million construction bond resulted in two new schools and remodeled facilities throughout the district. New facilities at Yelm High School include a beautiful, state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center.
Other Yelm highlights include district-wide full-day kindergarten, an award-winning Business Partnership program, a remarkably successful Yelm Dollars for Scholars program, multiple Advanced Placement course offerings, award-winning CTE programs and music programs, and over 1300 active volunteers.
Yelm Community Schools takes its responsibility seriously to provide the best education possible for all students in a safe and caring environment.