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Challenge Academy

The Academy is a 22-week quasi-military residential alternative education program for Wisconsin students behind in high school credits.

The Wisconsin National Guard Challenge Academy is a residential program committed to improving the quality of life for 16 to 18 year old at-risk teens.

The Challenge Academy, located on Fort McCoy, offers youth the opportunity to change the direction of their lives and develop the strength of character and life skills necessary to become successful, responsible citizens. The Program consists of a 5 ½ month-long Residential phase, followed by a year-long Post-Residential phase.

In the residential phase, much of the cadets’ time is spent in classrooms where preparing for the High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) testing is the priority.

In addition to classroom instruction by licensed teachers, activities include anger management classes, character development curriculum, rappelling, ROPES courses, experiential activities, community service projects and leadership experiences.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Males and Females between 16-18 years old
  • Not on track to graduate high school on time.
  • Not currently on parole or adult probation (juvenile supervision/probation is OK).
  • Not currently charged, indicted, or convicted of a felony (as a juvenile or an adult).
  • A citizen or legal resident of the United States and resident of Wisconsin.
  • Willing to be free from illegal drugs and substances





(608) 269-9000



749 E 12th Ave
Fort McCoy, WI 54656