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Squaw Valley Academy

Address: Olympic Valley, CA

Phone: 530-583-9393

Website: www.sva.org

Founded: 1978

Winter Sports:  Alpine, nordic, freestyle, freeskiing, and snowboarding

Grades: 8 through 12, 9 through 12

Category: Prep School with competitive ski programs

Application deadline: 08/1/2019

Student/Faculty Ratio: 6:1, average Class Size: 12, AP Classes: 19

Boarding Student cost: $52,950

Day Student cost: $19,000

Head of School: William “Bill” Grant

Email Contact: admit@sva.org

Academic Approach: Addressing the individual needs of each student is an integral part of the campus life at SVA. Small classes and proctored evening study halls provide structure that is vital to academic success. In conjunction with the Squaw Valley Ski Team, we have created a flexible schedule to integrate the rigorous demands of a skier’s preparation and race schedule with academics. As a one-to-one MacBook Air school, SVA uses technology to allow students to keep up with the demands of school while traveling for competitions. Extra assistance is available for students who may benefit from additional help through our Academic Support Program and counseling services are also available for those who may need it; extra costs may apply. Interim and summer school sessions are options for students who need to remediate grades or who want to earn credits in advance. SVA offers strong preparation for college as its central focus and maintains a 100% college acceptance rate, with students working individually with a college counselor to find schools that best meet their needs. SVA has an average classroom size of eight students. 80% of the teaching faculty hold advanced degrees in their respective fields or in education. Squaw Valley Academy is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, National Independent Private Schools Association, and AdvancED. SVA meets the California state standards for high school students and the SVA curriculum is approved by the University of California. SVA offers fifteen AP courses based on student interest and availability. Courses offered include: English I-IV; AP English Language & Composition; AP English Literature & Composition, Algebra I & II; Geometry; Precalculus; Calculus; AP Calculus AB and BC, Biology; AP Biology; Chemistry; AP Chemistry; Physics; AP Physics 1 and AP Physics C, World History; AP World History; U.S. History; AP U.S. History; U.S. Government; AP U.S. Government and Politics; Economics; AP Economics Macro or Micro, Spanish I-IV; AP Spanish Language and Culture; AP Chinese Language and Culture; AP Japanese Language and Culture, SAT/ACT Prep; TOEFL Prep; Studio Art; Digital Photography; Jewelry Design; Music To graduate, a student completes 280 credits, including four years of English, three years of Social Studies, three years of Mathematics, three years of Science, three years of a foreign language, one year of visual or performing arts, and four years of physical education. To help integrate our student-athletes into the larger school community, their fall semester schedule will closely mirror that of our non-athletes, attending five classes in the morning, with the daily performance program and equipment preparation taking the place of afternoon activities. During the spring semester, skiers will practice with the team in the morning and attend four classes in the afternoon. Beyond the classroom, SVA focuses on the whole child, including athletics, community involvement, and social development. Using beautiful Lake Tahoe as our backdrop, we offer many outdoor sports and activities as a catalyst for personal growth and achievement. We also provide week-long excursion trips to further the outdoor learning experience. All students, not just Squaw Valley ski team members, ski or snowboard at Squaw Valley Ski Resort at least twice weekly during the season, making SVA truly the place where the mountains meet the classroom.

Athletic Approach: The Squaw Valley Academy and Squaw Valley Ski Team strive to impact and better the lives of student-athletes by giving these young athletes skills for a driven, educated future. We educate students with the knowledge to be successful, empower them to create stronger performance, and engage student-athletes to inspire them to be self-motivated on and off the hill. The Squaw Valley Academy and Squaw Valley Ski Team understand that each athlete is an individual with their own genetics unique to themselves. Athletes establish the full range of motion for safety, mobility, joint stability, and muscular development. We aim to correct and address all imbalances before problems occur. Motor unit recruitment, central nervous system stimulus, and muscular fatigue are taken into account for training programming. The Squaw Valley Ski Team works very hard to reduce the risk of injury and the severity of potential injuries while maximizing skill development and performance. Through our creed – We will train hard, train smart, and train together.

Notable Coaches: Todd Kelly, Eric Garayoa, Jim Hudson, Oliver Russell, John Cashman, Will Day, Will Colt, Todd Kelly, Anna Goodman, Marco Sullivan, Keith Moffat, Andreas Rickenbach, Kirsten Clark Rickenbach

Notable Alumni: Todd Kelly, Edith Thys, Travis Ganong

Training Facilities: The Squaw Valley Academy and Squaw Valley Ski Team offer a full-time, year-round specialized program for competitive alpine ski racing. Squaw Valley Academy student-athletes participate in individualized conditioning and performance training at Squaw Valley with a full time Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. The conditioning facility is located at Squaw Valley Resort and ski team headquarters, which also houses team locker rooms and tuning facilities. Throughout the season each Student-athlete’s training schedule will be customized to maximize academic and athletic potential within an environment that fosters Team support and deliberate practice. With the seventeen training venues on hill at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley Academy, and Squaw Valley Ski Team offer the most diverse training opportunities in the country and the benefit of appropriate and challenging practice environments throughout the season The abundant, unparalleled terrain that the resort offers, allows for skill development at an accelerated rate. Daily (on-snow season) training sessions combine on-snow training, conditioning, recovery programs, ski tuning, and sports psychology training.

Additional Info: Squaw Valley Academy is an international 9-12 boarding school offering a combination of strong learning, supervised study, 100% college preparation, bay area adventures in Northern California. We enroll students who need the structure of small classes, focused study halls, and daily activities. The individual needs of each student remain an integral part of Squaw Valley Academy. Our staff and faculty believe self-esteem is enhanced through real accomplishment in the academic, athletic, and social aspects of life at a boarding school.

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