Inspiring students in meeting their potential for self-fulfillment and community involvement.

The Yampa Valley High School serves students who are seeking an alternative learning environment that can better meet their personal and educational goals. Our school facilitates a supportive learning community that respects all individuals and their overall well-being. Critical thinking, collaboration and self-direction are the foundations of YVHS’s academic system and serve to provide our students with the skills and abilities that will promote a successful and happy life.

YVHS is an accredited public school in the Steamboat Springs School District. There is no cost for attendance. Any high school aged student living in Routt county is encouraged to apply for admission.

Fast Facts

  • Accredited public school in the Steamboat Springs School District
  • SSSD School of Choice with Admissions Process
  • Grades 9-12
  • Small student-staff ratio 7:1
  • Graduation diploma recognized by all Colleges and Universities
  • Traditional grading scale with GPA
  • Family atmosphere fostering a supportive learning environment
  • Personalized Learning Plans with flexible scheduling per individual
  • Emphasis on Post Secondary Career Readiness
  • CMC Concurrent Enrollment – both high school and college credit
  • Students can take classes at SSHS for credit at YVHS
  • Students can participate in all extracurricular activities offered at SSHS
  • Vocational and Career and Technical Education internship/apprentice opportunities
  • Outdoor programming including Friday afternoon hikes and overnight field trips
  • Therapeutic supports available


Amanda Lea
School Counselor

Mimi Moll
Math/Science Teacher

Karla Setter
Principal, ELA and Social Studies Teacher

Karla returned to YVHS as Principal after helping to launch the school as the first lead teacher in 2006 – 2008. Her commitment to learning opportunities that work for individual student needs has compelled her to work in a variety of non-traditional educational settings in additional to YVHS including an environmental studies magnet school, day treatment program, and online schools. Karla embraces opportunities to get outside with students as she does with her family and friends. She has enjoyed living in Routt County since 2003.