Washington Youth Academy

Take the WYA ChalleNGe! See links below for more information and application

The Washington Youth Academy is an academic intervention for students 15.5-18, who are behind in credit, dropped out of high school or at-risk of dropping out. The goal of the program is to give youth a second chance at graduating with their class and become responsible and productive citizens by helping them improve their life skills, education levels, and employment potential.

The program incorporates a highly-structured, quasi-military format, with an emphasis on student discipline, personal responsibility, in a positive, safe, and secure learning environment. Program graduates can recover up to 8.0 credits. The goal is to return to the home high school and graduate on-time with their peers.

The WYA program includes a 22-week intensive residential phase and a 52-week (one year) post-residential phase where the youth receives mentoring and placement follow-up back at home. A class cycle is 154 days, including up to 7 days for home pass. Program activities include academics, service to community, leadership, mentoring and personal development. A number of small unit training and educational enhancement activities supplement the program including an additional 7th period in the academic program to assist individuals in need of extra assistance and limited special education services.

For selection into the program, the applicant must complete an application and meet the following criteria:

  • 15.5-18 years old
  • Behind in credit by at least a full semester (3 credits) at time of application, at-risk of dropping out or dropped out of high school
  • Must volunteer. Cannot be forced or court-ordered to attend
  • Must be US or legal resident & WA resident
  • Not arrested, awaiting sentencing or indicted
  • Diversions must be completed—Probation is ok
  • Never charged or convicted of a felony
  • Drug free at enrollment and throughout the program
  • Parent or legal guardian must give permission for minor to attend

Next Class starts on July 17, 2021 on campus, face-to-face.  Applications are being accepted now for this class.  Class sizes will be reduced due to social distancing requirements.  Please complete application as soon as possible.  Classes are July 17th, 2021 and January 15th, 2022.  Main website is located at:  Washington Youth Academy 

INTRODUCING OUR NEW   WEB-BASED APPLICATION 

https://stofwadeptofenterpriseservices.formstack.com/forms/washington_youth_academy_application 

 The new web-based application can be filled out on a phone, tablet, or computer.  The new “How to Apply” page has easy step by step instructions for youth and families to submit an application.  The Academy will no longer have a paper application. 

 

INTRODUCING OUR NEW   Information Sessions –via zoom 

https://stofwadeptofenterpriseservices.formstack.com/forms/wya_information_session_sign_up 

We will be offering Information Sessions via Zoom for anyone interested in learning more about the Academy.  We can also do Zoom sessions with you and your students at any time.   

 

INTRODUCING OUR NEW   Virtual Open House  

 https://mil.wa.gov/youth-academy-open-houses 

Anyone interested in learning more about the Academy can watch this voice-over PowerPoint presentation on-demand.