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

Staff Bios

Allison Wither, School Counselor

Allison has been the school counselor at YVHS since 2016.  Prior to coming to YVHS she worked as a school counselor at John F Kennedy School in Berlin, Germany for five years.  She is thrilled to be back in her hometown of Steamboat Springs and part of the YVHS team.  Allison has her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Scripps College and a Masters of Social Work from Colorado State University.  Allison’s interests include anything outdoors (skiing, biking, hiking, and camping) as well as international travel.  Her passion for working with youth started while living in Guatemala and volunteering with an educational program for homeless youth.  Having been raised by two teachers, Allison has always had a strong desire to work in education and school counseling is a perfect balance of education and individualized support for students.  Her favorite thing about working at YVHS is the connection she gets to make with each individual student and work with each student in developing their own graduation pathway.  Additionally, she enjoys all of the outdoor education opportunities offered by the school.

Chuck Rosemond, Dean of School

Chuck has been a member of the YVHS team since 2009. He taught Language Arts and Social Studies before assuming the role of Dean of School in 2012. Chuck earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Hampden Sydney College in 1991 and currently holds State of Colorado Professional Teacher’s License endorsements in Language Arts, Social Studies and Special Education. He has 21 years of professional experience working with youth in various alternative education settings. Prior to coming to YVHS, he taught at the Steamboat Mountain School for eight years and was a Course Director at the Colorado Outward Bound School. He was selected as the 2014 Steamboat Springs School District Educator of the Year. Chuck has been a resident of Routt County since 1996. When not working, he can be found exploring the mountains, canyons and rivers of Colorado with his family and two dogs.

Eric Bender, Math/Science

Eric joined the YVHS team in 2017.  Prior to teaching at YVHS, he taught Biology in Charlotte, North Carolina.  After moving to Steamboat in 2015, Eric was a long-term substitute at both Yampa Valley High School in the fall of 2015 and at Steamboat Springs High School from 2016-2017.  Eric earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Science Teaching from Clemson University.  This is his 11th year in education.  Eric enjoys spending time with his three girls, hiking, skiing, and almost all outdoor activities.  He is also a football coach for Steamboat Springs Middle School.

Greg Johnson, Social Studies/Language Arts

Greg has been the Social Studies and Language Arts teacher at YVHS since 2016. Prior to YVHS, Greg taught at Hayden, Oak Creek and in Bolivia at an international school. He is a Chicago native that graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s in Social Science. Greg moved to Steamboat Springs in the summer of 2007 in order to start a job as an SSMS School Based Mentor with Partners in Routt County. YVHS’s family like atmosphere and emphasis on real life skills makes YVHS an ideal school for Greg. He also finds great joy in helping students make sense of the larger world we live in. Going into his 10th year working in education, he is happy to call YVHS and Routt County home. When not at school, you can find Greg on the trails in and around Steamboat and involved in the community. He also has a passion for cooking, dancing and traveling.