Yellow Wood Academy

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.

School Overview

School TypeAlternative School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Northwest Association of Accredited Schools
Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
Accreditation International
NWAIS (Northwest Association of Independent Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedAutism Spectrum Distorder, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Variety in Processing Speeds, Working Memory, Executive Function
Year Founded1981
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost NotesTuition is based on number of sessions per week for a 6 week summer program. The average cost is around $9000/class
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students134 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 24%
Students by Grade Yellow Wood Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers51 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio3:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size1 students
Number of AP Courses10 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP 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 CodeCasual
(We encourage students to dress in a way that is comfortable and expresses themselves.)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesTuition 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 DirectorAdrienne Pierce
Admissions AssociateBrianna 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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    0.7 miles
    9311 SE 36th St
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    (206) 232-0059
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    8000 25th Ave Ne
    Seattle, WA 98115
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    Grades: NS-8 | 175 students
    0.8 miles
    4320 87th Avenue SE
    Mercer Island, WA 98040
    (206) 232-5432
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    Grades: 6-12 | 40 students
    4.7 miles
    2495 140th Ave NE Suite D-210
    Bellevue, WA 98005
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The average private school tuition in Washington is $10,517 for elementary schools and $13,054 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Washington is 85% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).