YWA is an accredited K-12 non-profit school on Mercer Island, WA. Our personalized programs feature one-on-one and small group classes that are designed for each student as an individual.
Whether your student is ahead, behind, or right on track, our highly qualified teachers can help them learn in a way that is tailored to them.
During COVID-19, our distance learning and hybrid programs feature are kept as close as possible to our on-campus program in terms of quality, time in class with teachers, and social-emotional learning.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • School Type: Alternative School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Students: 134 students
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 1 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Autism Spectrum Distorder, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Variety in Processing Speeds, Working Memory, Executive Function
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Cost Notes
Tuition is based on number of sessions per week for a 6 week summer program. The average cost is around $9000/class
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
134 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 28%
Students by Grade
Yellow Wood Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
51 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
1 students
Number of AP Courses
10 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
AP Biology, AP Calculus AB & BC, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP Human Geography, AP Literature and Composition, AP Physics, AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Statistics, AP US Government and Politics, AP US History, AP World History, Other AP classes may be able to be arranged
Classroom Dress Code
(We encourage students to dress in a way that is comfortable and expresses themselves.)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
Tuition is based on your personalized program but averages $45,000-$50,000 for a full time student. Part time programs available.
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Adrienne Pierce
Admissions Associate
Brianna Matthew

School Notes

  • Distance learning at YWA is almost just like our on-campus program; featuring up to four hours a week of teacher time for each class.
  • Full time, part time, and tutoring available.
  • We know that no student learns the same way, so all of our classes are crafted for your student.
  • We balance small group and one-on-one lessons so your student can home in on core content areas and still develop social-emotional learning.
  • YWA is an inclusive school that is welcoming to our students as individuals. 
  • Many of our students and faculty are part of the LGBT+ community.
  • Neurodivergences are a welcome part of our community, in our families, students, and staff. 
  • Our fully integrated Special Ed program means that student who are helped by those services are never pulled out of class or put in a stigmatizing room.

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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • School Type: Alternative School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Students: 134 students
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 1 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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The average private school tuition in King County, WA is $17,473 for elementary schools and $20,604 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in King County, WA is 78% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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