Youth Initiative High School

500 E Jefferson St 302
Viroqua, WI 54665
Tel: (608)637-6445
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Youth Initiative High School provides a holistic Waldorf-inspired education for grades 9-12. We offer an academically rigorous, developmentally appropriate curriculum infused with the arts. In all that we do, we strive to engage students' heads, hearts, and hands, offering them real opportunities to grow as confident, independent thinkers.
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Youth Initiative High School provides a holistic Waldorf-inspired education for grades 9-12. We offer an academically rigorous, developmentally appropriate curriculum infused with the arts. In all that we do, we strive to engage students' heads, hearts, and hands, offering them real opportunities to grow as confident, independent thinkers.
Youth Initiative High School, founded in 1996, is one of many independent cultural institutions and progressive businesses in and around Viroqua: a thriving, creative small town in which to live and learn. Our curriculum is informed by, and deeply tied, to, the land and to this community -- for instance, Agriculture classes (pictured) do projects on local organic farms.
Mornings begin with in-depth study in main lessons. After main lesson, students take skill-based classes -- movement, music, math, and foreign language -- that extend throughout the year. In the afternoon, students engage in art blocks. These performing, manual, and visual art classes are mixed-age, elective, and often  punctuated by performances.
In the heart of the unmatched beauty of the Driftless, Youth Initiative students learn what it means to live in harmony with nature and as part of a community. Each year, students embark on a one-week learning journey into the surrounding landscape as part of our Land Ethic Expeditions. The curriculum for each expedition is tailored to the grade: the
As part of a partnership with the local Kickapoo-Guatemala Accmpaniment Project, a small group of advanced Spanish students take a biennial trip to Guatemala. Students involve themselves in the culture of the small community of Chocola, attend a language immersion school, and perform service work for charity over the course of three weeks.
At Youth Initiative, we understand adolescents. We provide challenge and support, responsibility and freedom, structure and independence. From our small classroom size to our unique Care Group system of support, we are able to pay close attention to each student, to meet them where they are, and to help them grow and flourish in the ways they need most.
Throughout the year we dedicate theme days for which students help to build a series of special classes and enrichment activities (pictured: the altar built during the Dia de Los Muertos celebration).
Youth Initiative students learn how to think, collaborate, and create. We believe that the creative process is a critical skill set for generating change and creating meaning.
At Youth Initiative, our classes are not just concerned with 'what', but 'how', and 'why', and 'what if'. With a curriculum that's both rich and rigorous, we challenge students to demonstrate not just what they know, but who they want to be. In attending Youth Initiative, students take on a role in the day-to-day running of the school. In doing so, and accepting the accountability that comes with this responsibility, students develop skills that have lasting value once they leave the halls of high school.
  • The Youth Initiative High School exists to provide holistic Waldorf-inspired education for grades 9-12.
  • We work with the Steiner model of the "three-fold human being" consisting of body soul and spirit and strive to integrate "head, heart and hands" (thinking, feeling and willing) into the fabric of school life. Parents, students and faculty cooperatively weave this fabric.
  • We will create an environment, which encourages and assists students in becoming free thinkers, and in maturing, into active response able, empowered participants in the greater society.
  • The school, its students, families and faculty will be of service to the larger community.

School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association of Waldorf Schools of North America
Other school association(s)
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Year Founded1996

Student Body

Total Students63 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
2%
State avg.: 27%
Students by GradeYouth Initiative High School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers14 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
75%
Average Class Size16 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$6,750
Tuition NotesBoarding students pay a higher rate and are subject to boarding costs of $4500 per year.
Admissions DirectorMatthew Voz
Admissions AssociateShawn Lavoie

Sports

Total Sports Offered4 sports
SportsFootball, Ice Hockey, Track and Field, VolleyballFootballIce Hockey,
Track and FieldVolleyball,

School Notes

  • The Youth Initiative High School exists to provide holistic Waldorf-inspired education for grades 9-12. We work with the Steiner model of the "three-fold human being" consisting of body soul and spirit and strive to integrate "head, heart and hands" (thinking, feeling and willing) into the fabric of school life. Parents, students and faculty cooperatively weave this fabric. We will create an environment, which encourages and assists students in becoming free thinkers, and in maturing, into active response able, empowered participants in the greater society. The school, its students, families and faculty will be of service to the larger community.

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