• One-to-one Laptops

    All high school and middle school students can pick up a 1:1 laptop starting tomorrow, Monday Aug 10. Those that have a laptop from the spring school closure must return that laptop and pick up an updated one that has been specifically set up for them.

    For pick-up times and details, please visit

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    We are excited to welcome each of you back this fall for the 2020-2021 school year.  August 26, Wednesday, is our first day back.

    Orientation is required for every returning student and we are offering you several session choices. You have three days and six time options to choose from. You will choose one option. Orientations will be virtual and you must have a YSD computer and reliable internet in place when we start. Wednesday and Friday we will hold orientations at 8:00am and noon. Thursday we will keep our tradition of a late offering and you may log in to either a noon session or a 5:30pm.session. (Don’t aim for the last session because if you miss it, you miss starting back to school in August.)

    Our virtual orientation will be three hours long, live, with the Open Doors staff. You will have an additional two hours on your own, virtual as well.  You need to attend all of the orientation to be enrolled going forward. We look forward to getting back in the routine of school, with prior attendance and academic requirements in place. 

    You do not need to register as we are keeping you enrolled. You do need to be in touch with changes of address and contact information. Please let us know. With COVID-19 challenges,we ask that you keep informed about Yakima School District plans, through the website, as summer progresses. (  There you will find information and answers to your questions, particularly on getting a computer and internet support.

    We will be ready for you in August !

    Mrs. Menard  573-5581   Mrs. Araiza  573-5580

    Mrs. Ochoa   573-5585    Mr. Machado- 573-5595    Mrs. Lefebvre 573-5598  

    Mrs.Berg      573-5594    Mrs. Holyfield  573-5597 

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  • 2019 - 2020 Flyer

    Open Doors Flyer (English)

    Open Doors Flyer (Spanish)

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YSD Stories

  • A heartfelt Thank You to Maverick Gaming and their program "Maverick Cares"

    Posted by Sara Cordova on 11/23/2020

    This Thanksgiving season, Maverick Cares donated Thanksgiving meals for 20 of our Yakima School District Families! We are grateful for their generosity and thoughtfulness this holiday season. We also want to thank our Yakima Police Department for coordinating this effort. We appreciate you!

    Thanksgiving Community Event - November 24

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  • The Yakima School District Is Accepting Referrals For Students Into The Highly Capable Program

    Posted by Ashley LaRiviere on 11/13/2020
    The Yakima School District is accepting referrals for students in kindergarten through 11th grade for consideration into the Highly Capable Program.
    If you would like to refer a child that fits this description, please complete a Referral Packet at by Friday, January 29, 2021.
    Children who demonstrate exceptional ability, exceed grade-level standards in literacy and/or math (or have the potential to do so if challenged and supported,) demonstrate exceptional creativity, and possess a strong motivation to excel are good candidates for the Highly Capable Program.
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  • First Student Completes Both GED and Diploma - Even During a Pandemic!

    Posted by Anne Berg on 10/26/2020

     Alicia Garcia

    The Yakima School District Open Doors program is widely known for its GED program. A smaller number of students earn their diploma through Open Doors. This June, YSD’s, Alicia Garcia, was the first student to do both!

    Alicia came to Open Doors in the 2016-2017 school year.  She was living on her own, paying rent, working at a fast-food restaurant, and coming to Open Doors when she could. Transportation was not always easy as her car was unreliable. She had no internet access and borrowed a computer when she could. Going after a GED would be a simpler, quicker path for Alicia as she knew that she was carrying a heavy load and a GED was in reach. Nine months later, Alicia completed her GED and we all celebrated her accomplishment!

    Alicia surprised staff when, on the night of her GED celebration, she asked, “Can I get my diploma now?”

    Alicia spent the next two years coming almost weekly to Open Doors, finishing class after class, still working full time, and living on her own. Working full time, she was able to purchase a computer and a reliable car (that she knows how to fix herself we might add). 

    When COVID-19 hit, Alicia had one more class to finish and she did it.  Like all the other graduates of 2020, Alicia did not get to walk and turn her tassel to share her victory with family and friends. Nevertheless, Alicia has her diploma in hand…and her GED!

    Alicia is now on to community college. Congratulations, Alicia! #YSDpride

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  • Principal Appreciation Month - Yakima Open Doors and Yakima Online

    Posted by Ashley LaRiviere on 10/22/2020

    The Yakima School District would like to thank and honor our principals for their visionary leadership and tireless pursuit of success for each student.

    Yakima Online and Open Doors Principal Image

    Did you know that when Principal Lois Menard was the same age as her students, she was selling fishing worms, working as a waitress, picking up 12,000 spark plugs on an assembly line during the midnight shift, and doing sales in a music store, while being a full-time student? Sharing these experiences with her students builds relationships and relatability as they work through their educational goals. 

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  • EBT Funds Available to All YSD Students

    Posted by YSD Food Services on 7/6/2020

    Because COVID-19 closed our schools, your children are eligible for food assistance, called Pandemic EBT (P-EBT): Emergency School Meals Program.

    P-EBT provides families with funds to make up for some of the cost of meals while school was closed. This benefit is for Washington children in grades K-12 who receive free or reduced-price school meals. These benefits will be on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card which is used like a debit card to buy groceries. Because all YSD students receive free breakfast and lunch, all YSD students are eligible regardless of income. If you do not already receive benefits, you will need to apply on or after June 30.  If you receive food assistance benefits already, the money will appear on your EBT on June 30.

    Update 7/6/20: We have been in contact with OSPI last week and they said that DSHS had the incorrect student list for Yakima School District which is why they turned down some parents; they are updating with the correct list which will show any student enrolled in Yakima School District that was grade K-12 in the school year 2019-2020 as eligible for PEBT.

    If you were denied, go to and apply again and see if their list has been updated. You can inform them Yakima is a CEP district.

    PEBT Flyer - English

    PEBT Flyer - Spanish

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Open Doors Reengagement Program

  • The Open Doors program offers students between the ages of 16 and 21 FREE support in the following areas:

    • Academic Courses
    • Online Courses
    • Gradpoint (on line at Open Doors)
    • Diploma
    • High School Equivalency (GED)
    • YV-Technical Skills Center
    • Community - Partnership - Support
    • Career Counseling
    • Goal Setting
    • One to one tutoring

    Students work with GradPoint curricula to work toward GED completion.


    Enrollment Process

    Contact the Yakima School District enrollment specialist at Portable A 1120 S. 18th St. or call (509) 573-5585.


  • Thank you for providing a cermony for the graduates. Two of my three children needed a program like this and I'm very grateful that this was an option for them. Brandon has moved to Tri Cities to work part time and attend college. I have no doubt he will be successfull at computer engineering. Thank you again for all that you do - it makes a big difference to many.

    - Parent of 2017 Graduate

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