Now accepting applications for the class of January 16, 2023

The Washington Youth ChalleNgE Academy is looking for young people who have dropped out of school, are behind in credits, or are not on track to graduate on time. Applications can be completed by clicking on the “How to Apply” link.

The WYCA is an academic intervention for youth ages 15.5 to 18 who are behind in credits, have dropped out of high school, or are at risk of dropping out. The goal of the program is to give teenagers a second chance to graduate with their class, to become a responsible and productive citizen, to improve their life skills, their level of education and their employment potential. The program incorporates a highly structured quasi-military format, emphasizing discipline and personal responsibility, in a positive, safe and secure learning environment.

Youth can earn eight credits (12 credits if bilingual) toward their high school diploma in a safe and professional learning environment. The Youth Academy emphasizes the holistic approach through eight program components. Cadets are expected to learn, apply and be graded based on performance in academic excellence, community service, leadership/following, physical fitness, health and hygiene , adaptability to life, responsible citizenship and professional skills.

We believe in second chances.