YVHS Experience 2018-02-16T23:03:03+00:00

alternative: \ȯl-ˈtər-nə-tiv, al·ter·na·tive, adjective

  1. offering or expressing a choice

  2. different from the usual or conventional: such as existing or functioning outside the established cultural, social, or economic system.

At YVHS we embrace the concept of alternative education. Recognizing that every person learns in unique  and different ways, we encourage individuality and understand that students excel when challenged to achieve their full potential. Our curriculum is structured around the student’s individual needs, ensuring they are prepared for success after high school.

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Experiential Education

Students are placed in situations that encourage observation, exploration, and personal reflection about the world in which they interact. Courses are designed to be immediately relevant to the students’ lives.

Family Atmosphere

YVHS fosters a family-like atmosphere. We take time to get to know every student on a personal level. Our school culture emphasises community, communication, and a supportive learning environment.   

Small Class Size

Our student-to-teacher ratio (7:1) and small class size (max 14 students) allows the YVHS faculty to provide more individualized education opportunities based on students’ needs and learning styles.

Flexible Curriculum

All classes at YVHS meet the State of Colorado educational standards. While emphasis is placed on broad exposure within subject areas throughout the student’s high school education, courses at YVHS are purposely designed to explore in-depth topics related to specific subject areas.

Personalized Learning Plans

Personalized Learning Plans are developed for each student and are used to facilitate a clear pathway to graduation and post secondary aspirations.

Quarter Scheduling

Students receive credit at the end of each quarter and new classes start every eight weeks.


Classes are graded on a traditional grading scale and a numeric GPA is earned by all students.


YVHS does not assign homework. Time is provided during the school day to complete all assignments. Students may be required to attend study hall if time was not spent productively in class or if they need to make up work due to an absence.

Outdoor Physical Education

Friday afternoons are reserved for hikes throughout Routt County. These hikes are mandatory for all enrolled students and count as PE credit.

Overnight Field Trips

There are three annual overnight field trips. Students engage in a wide variety of activities in the outdoors or urban environments including camping, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, theater performances, college visits and museum tours. These trips are mandatory and provide opportunities for students to learn outside of the traditional classroom, build leadership skills, expand personal experiences and facilitate a positive school culture and community.

Concurrent Enrollment

Students may attend courses at Colorado Mountain College and earn high school and college credit.  Students must meet specific YVHS requirements before enrolling in a CMC course.

Access to Steamboat Springs High School Classes and Activities

Students can take SSHS classes for graduation credit while enrolled at YVHS. Additionally, any YVHS student can participate in extracurricular activities offered at SSHS including athletics, theatrical productions, clubs and school sponsored dances and prom.