Washington Youth Academy

Due to the COVID-19 virus and restrictions put in place by the state and county, we will not be starting a new class, July 18, 2020 as scheduled. There is a slim, but unlikely possibility that this class will start late August, early September. If a second class in 2020 doesn’t happen, our next class will be Jan. 16, 2021. It’s expected that the capacity of the next few classes will be significantly reduced due to social distancing requirements. We recommend completing your application now, so that you can be prepared and considered for admission to any upcoming class.

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What we do

The mission of the Washington Youth Academy is to provide a highly disciplined, safe and professional learning environment that empowers at-risk youth to improve their educational levels and employment potential and become responsible and productive citizens of the State of Washington. The vision of the Washington Youth Academy is to provide at-risk youth a quality education, positive values, and life and job skills training that will change their lives and give them hope and opportunity for a new future. This is a FREE Life Intervention, Credit Recovery Program and, for half a year, requires the cadet to live in housing we provide in Bremerton, Wash., but any resident of Washington state can attend.



Please monitor our website for further updates. Information on our virtual open house experience.

Why APPLY NOW to the Washington Youth Academy Next Class?

While a July class is no longer an option, urgency remains in getting a WYA application submitted. We already have enough applications to fill half the available seats in the next class. Applications submitted first will be considered for the remaining seats. Apply NOW to make sure you are in the running for the next class.

Based on the small possibility that the public health posture changes in August or September, there remains a slim possibility that another 2020 class could be convened. Those youth who apply NOW will be considered for those seats, should they become available!

An application does not commit a youth to attend. It is a door opener. While many families and youth are seeking ways to earn credits, those who have already applied to the WYA for the opportunity to earn eight credits in 5 ½ months will be the first considered for this unique and robust opportunity.

Most importantly the WYA puts the health and safety of our students first. During this time, we are adjusting our campus to meet Department of Health requirements to keep our students safe. Apply NOW to the Washington Youth Academy for a challenging and productive adventure towards becoming the successful men and women of the future.

Who we are

The Washington Youth Academy is a National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program. Established under authority of both federal and state law, the WYA is a state-run residential and post-residential intervention for youth who have dropped out of high school or are at risk of dropping out. The Washington Youth Academy is a quasi-military training and mentoring program for at-risk youth. The goal of the program is to give youth a second chance to become responsible and productive citizens by helping them improve their life skills, education levels, and employment potential.

The program incorporates a  highly-structured format, with an emphasis on student discipline and personal responsibility to provide a positive, safe and secure learning environment.

Putting Lives Back on Track

Program graduates can recover up to 8.0 credits (approximately 1.3 years of high school credits). Credits are approved by OSPI and taught by certificated teachers. The goal is to return graduates to their home high school to graduate on time with their peers.

The WYA includes a 22-week intensive residential phase and a 52-week (one year) post-residential phase where the youth receives intense mentoring and placement follow-up. A class cycle is 154 days, including up to 7 days for home pass and placement activities for the post-residential phase. Placement activities include job search, educational appointments, vocational/technical training, a return to high school classes or full-time volunteerism.
Program activities include academics, service to community, leadership, mentoring and personal development. A number of small unit training and educational enhancement activities supplement the program including an additional 7th period in the academic program to assist individuals in need of extra assistance and limited special education services.

The facility's address is 1207 Carver Street, Bremerton, WA 98312. Anyone from the state of Washington who is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, permanent resident alien or green card holder may apply.

Youth Academy Foundation

The Washington Youth Academy Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation registered in the State of Washington, EIN 26-2771686, which solely benefits the student cadets and operates a family and friends support group, among other services.  Learn more online http://www.wyafoundation.org/

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