Squaw Valley Academy
|Year of Foundation||1978|
|Enrollment Phase / Grades||Rolling Enrollment/ Grades: 9-12|
|Number of students||80|
|Teacher Student Ratio||1:8|
|Accreditations||NIPSA, AdvancEd, Middle States Association|
|Yearly Tuition Fee (Min)||52,950|
|Yearly Tuition Fee (Max)||58,750|
Squaw Valley Academy is private, coed, international, college-preparatory boarding school located at Lake Tahoe, California, USA, since 1978. We enroll students who are between ages 14 and 18 in grades nine through twelve. All graduates receive a US high school diploma and have 100% acceptance to US universities and colleges. Squaw Valley Academy has welcomed international students on our campus since the1980s!Squaw Valley Academy is fully accredited by the National Independent Private Schools Association, AdvancED, and Middle States Association. SVA is an official test site for SAT and ACT.SVA has rolling enrollment and students may enroll each month of the school year and for summer school. SVA offers ESL, and most students live on campus in dormitories. The dormitories are open for students during the Fall and Spring school holidays.Students who wish to enroll short-term may enroll in Squaw Valley Academy’s Summer School.
CurriculumENGLISH: English I-IV; AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition MATHEMATICS: Algebra I and II; Geometry; Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry; AP Calculus AB or BC LABORATORY SCIENCES: Biology; AP Biology; Chemistry; AP Chemistry; Physics; AP Physics B SOCIAL STUDIES: World History; AP World History, U.S. History; AP U.S. History U.S. Government; AP U. S. Government and Politics, AP Economics Macro or Micro LANGUAGES: Spanish I-IV; AP Spanish Language ATHLETICS Physical Education includes skiing, snowboarding, and a variety of seasonal mountain sports. ELECTIVES: Courses may include AP Psychology, SAT Prep, Studio Art, AP Studio Art, Performing Arts, Photography, and Music.
Languages of instructionEnglish
We are grateful for the experience our son had during his time at Squaw Valley Academy. While he had his ups and downs, the faculty and staff were committed to working with him to help him focus on the values of the opportunities at school. The friendships he made with students and staff continue to be important to him. The experiences he had balancing his academic work with a variety of sports and travel, were part of learning about keeping his life in balance. As he progresses through his post-secondary education, I think he is recognizing the value of these experiences even more. I know it will be two years which he will always remember. Thanks to SVA for your help in meeting his needs for a productive high school experience.
Squaw Valley Academy provided our family with an excellent college preparatory education for our child, which helped him to be successful at the post-secondary level. The small class sizes and individual attention offered to our child at SVA allowed him to excel academically. SVA is the type of academic community in which our child was not able to “slip through the cracks” as he was in his large public high school. The college preparatory education our child received at SVA was highly effective, and the night time study halls proctored by SVA teachers helped our son take accountability for his academic performance. College preparatory academics combined with daily athletics such as skiing and snowboarding made Squaw Valley Academy the perfect California boarding school for our son. In addition, boarding school allowed him to become an independent young man prepared with the necessary skills for college. In our experience, SVA was a perfect fit for our child.
The benefits of my experience at the Academy can be summed up as preparatory. Upon my graduation in 1981, I enrolled in Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. My early college experience would not have been the same if I had not attended SVA. I was used to being on my own, living away from my family, and being responsible for myself and my studies. Southern Methodist wasn’t much different from being at the Academy; just more people. I was prepared for my college experience. After four years at SMU, I graduated with a BFA in Broadcast, Film and Television with an emphasis in audio production. I’ve been in that field pretty much ever since, and now live in Los Angeles. Over the last twenty-five plus years, I’ve worked on dozens of feature films and hundreds of episodes of network television. Currently, I am the Production Sound Mixer on the Fox Television show “Glee”. In 2010, I was honored with an Emmy Award for my work as Production mixer and was nominated again for the 2011 Emmy Awards. I’m proud to be an SVA Alumni!
Being at SVA was one of the best experiences I’ve had in life. Besides the great education, friendly people, and fantastic sport opportunities, I was able to follow my passion of snowboarding. I became a professional snowboarder after I left SVA and studied medicine next to my sports career. I have started a global company which helps the progression of all sorts of freestyle sports by learning tricks in a safe environment that we call a “BagJump”; You can even see our products in the Lake Tahoe area at Boreal Mountain Resort and at the Red Bull Pro-Training events at Squaw Valley. SVA was great! I wish I could do it all again!
After my stay at Squaw Valley Academy, I returned to my home country of Norway and worked with multi-handicapped children at one of the regional hospitals. I returned to Lake Tahoe and attended Sierra Nevada College and decided to enroll at the University of San Francisco for my third college year. During my time at SVA, I noticed a lot of people drinking bottled water when they came up to Squaw Valley. That experience sparked an idea. During my stay in San Francisco, the idea became more and more of a reality. I decided to leave USF and start my water business full-time. The company I started was Voss Water ASA. Today, I am the third largest owner in the company, but I left as an employee in 2002 and went into the family business, Harlem Food AG, where I am CEO. I would like to use this opportunity to thank all of you for making my time at SVA the greatest time in my life.