Youth Village Academy (YVA) provides a fully accredited junior and senior high school for youth who need additional therapeutic services, are unable to attend public schools or who benefit from a more structured environment.

Students enrolled at YVA learn the daily skills they need to be successful so that they can reintegrate into public school as soon as possible. Our teachers and behavior specialists are trained in the Teaching-Family Model where youth receive interactive instruction on basic skills throughout the day in addition to instruction in core academic subjects. YVA is a day treatment program and therapy services will be provided.


Typical YVA Students may have experienced the following issues:

  • • Suicidal Ideation/Self Harm Behaviors
  • • Enuresis/Encopresis
  • • Verbal Aggression
  • • Mild Physical Aggression
  • • Criminal/Legal History
  • • Abuse Victim
  • • Alcohol and Drug Use
  • • Gang Involvement
  • • Learning Disabilities
  • • Sexual Misconduct

    Program Highlights:

    Academics

    • • Block A/B schedule modeled after local public high schools
    • • Year-round school to offer structure for students over the summer
    • • Granite School Teachers certified in subjects they teach
    • • Small class size
    • • Direct instruction, not independent packet work
    • • Physical Education for school credit
    • • Make-up credit available

    Therapy/Behavior Model

    • • Mental Health Assessment
    • • Individual therapy (weekly)
    • • Specialized/Experiential group therapy (3x/wk)
    • • Psychosocial rehabilitative services (individual and group)
    • • Neurofeedback (optional)
    • • Mindfulness activities built-in during the school day
    • • Fully integrated Teaching-Family Model

    Activities/Growth Opportunities

    • • Field trips to museums, parks, community centers
    • • Monthly trips to Salt Lake City Main Library
    • • Volunteer opportunities in the community
    • • Student Council
    • • Student Newspaper (written by foster youth FOR foster youth)

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