How Do I Apply?

Like everything at Youth Initiative, our Admissions process is personalized, unique and student-centered. It’s as much a process of you getting to know us as it is of us getting to know you.Here’s the basic process:

    1. Get in Touch.
      Give us a call at (608) 637-6445 or shoot us an email – we’d love to hear from you!


    1. Visit.
      We strongly encourage all students interested in attending Youth Initiative to visit for a day–better yet, two days. We want you to see what we’re all about, and experience a wide range of classes. Plus, meeting in person helps us get to know you, and understand what you’re looking for and whether you would find Youth Initiative to be a good fit. When time allows, we arrange a Q&A with the student, parents, and selected faculty members. To make arrangements for a visit, give us a call at (608) 637-6445 or email Susan Nesbit, Development Director.


    1. Apply.
      Fill out the application form and send it back to us (either by post or scanned through email). We will review your application and call you to talk about a possible interview.

      YIHS Application (PDF)
      Boarding Student Application

      YIHS Admissions Procedures

      YIHS Admissions Criteria


  1. Student Interview.
    Individual applicants will come back and speak with faculty members and students about their application and expectations. Applicants should bring a piece of work with which they are especially pleased, and be prepared to talk about it. If you are submitting a piece of writing, please send it in with your application so that we can read it prior to your interview.If you live far away, we can arrange your interview by phone, Skype, Google Hangout, or other options.
  2. Parent Pledge and Interview.
    Once a student is admitted, parents meet with a member of the Finance committee to discuss the school’s budget and their financial expectations.

By Email
You may scan and email forms to:

By Mail (or in-person delivery)
Youth Initiative High School
500 E. Jefferson St.
Viroqua, WI 54665

(608) 637-6445