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.
- 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
After joining the YVHS team in January of last year, Amanda is incredibly excited to be returning to YVHS for the 20-21 school year! After more than ten years of teaching, tutoring, and coaching adolescents across a variety of educational settings, she decided to get her master’s in Counseling. She is especially passionate about working in non-traditional schools because there is time and space to see each student as an individual. When a student’s individual needs are met, their capacity to form authentic, positive relationships develops and a world of opportunity opens up.
Amanda currently holds specialist endorsements in Trauma & Crisis, Grief & Loss, and Legal & Ethical Issues from the American School Counselor Association. As the YVHS school counselor, Amanda provides direct and indirect student services including:
Academic 4 year planning
Individual brief and short-term counseling
Post-secondary goal setting and planning
Restorative Practice coordination
Referrals to community agencies who provide long-term therapeutic support
Mimi started working in the field of education about 35 years ago. She has experience working as a science teacher, special education teacher, and math teacher through residential treatment, day treatment, and traditional school programs. Mimi is an amazing fit for YVHS students as she believes in all students’ ability to achieve and is able to meet each student where they are in their academic and personal development to help them grow.
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.