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Laurel High School Open House and Application Period

On January 25th, Laurel High School held a “Zoom” Open House. Interested students and their parents joined to meet and talk with staff and current students.  The Open House included a formal presentation followed by questions and answers. To view a recording of this Open House, email Renee Baker at


Laurel High School will have applications available to download that night for the 2020-21 school year. Applications for all grade levels will be accepted; however, available slots may be limited by grade level.  It is important to note that there may be only one application period. To receive an application, please contact Renee Baker by phone at 637-1614, or by email,, to have one mailed or emailed to you. The application is also be available to download here: Laurel Application 2021-2022

The applications are due Friday, March 26, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. 

Laurel High School is a charter school that, while being its own entity, is also part of the Viroqua Area School District. It offers an alternative educational choice for college-bound high school students in grades nine through twelve.  The typical Laurel High School student is a nontraditional, self-motivated learner who desires challenges and active learning opportunities. We are located in the Viroqua High School in the level above the gymnasium.

If you have any questions, please call or email Renee Baker.


Prospective students must follow the following application process:

  1.  Applications are due by the end of March. Applications must either be postmarked with that date or turned into the Laurel or VHS office by 3:00 pm.  No late applications will be accepted.
  2.  Interview with a Laurel panel comprised of Laurel staff, current Laurel seniors, and other VAS staff members. Applicants will be contacted for an interview in April.
  3.  Once a student passes the interview, their name goes into a lottery drawing to fill any available enrollment slots.

Applications may be picked up from the Laurel High School or Viroqua High School offices. They may also be downloaded from the Laurel HS website (see above). The application consists of an admission form, self-evaluation of academic performance form, extracurricular inventory, and student and parent essays. Along with the application, two letters of recommendation should be included, as well as a portfolio. The portfolio should be a collection of items that will help the interviewers understand who the applicant is, personally and academically.

Accepted applicants are notified as soon as possible and invited to an informational meeting, traditionally held before the school year ends. Typically, there is only one application period. Laurel High School is a public high school, part of the Viroqua Area School District, and therefore there is no fee to attend.