Our Approach

Youth Initiative’s curriculum is inspired by the ideas of Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Waldorf education. Waldorf schools exist on all continents, with over 1000 schools worldwide. Working out of a three-fold image of the human being consisting of body, soul, and spirit, we strive to integrate head, heart, and hands into the fabric of school life. To do this, we pursue a balance of academic rigor in the sciences, humanities, and foreign languages, compassion and cooperation in social life, and creativity and excellence in the practical and fine arts.


YIHS has been recognized as a Developing Member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and our graduates have been accepted to colleges and universities throughout the United States and overseas.


YIHS is an independent high school and does not receive substantial funds from federal, state, or local government. Tuition at YIHS is arranged on a flexible basis in order to enable students from families of all income levels to participate in the school, with several students each year working to pay their own tuition. Learn more


To truly know the world, look deeply within your being; to truly know yourself, take real interest in the world.

Founder of Waldorf Education