Squaw Valley Academy, Olympic Valley:
Located in Olympic Valley (otherwise known as Squaw Valley), northwest of Lake Tahoe in Placer County, CA, Squaw Valley Academy is a college-preparatory international boarding school for grades 9-12 with Day programs available from grades 6-12. We challenge with rigorous academics, we support with consistent behavioral standards, we train in life-long sports, we provide outdoor adventures, and we foster self-esteem through real accomplishment.
Co-educational College Preparatory Programs:
Fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Squaw Valley Academy meets the California state standards for high school students.
Our faculty prepares students for the college of their choice by meeting the standards for the University of California system. Our graduates maintain a 100% college acceptance rate into an average of three universities or colleges.
Literary writing; vocabulary building; classic novels and nonfiction reading; and current events.
(Ancient Civilization; World Cultures; US History)
Timelines of local, state, and national history; living history in the outdoors and at area museums; project-based learning of historical figures; and cross-curriculum studies with language arts, science, and mathematics through thematic field trips.
(Arithmetic; Pre-Algebra; Algebra I; Geometry)
Applied mathematics through hands-on projects; incremental learning that continually builds on itself; and interactive games.
(Earth Science; Life Science; Physical Science)
Real world examples through outdoor education; exploration of the engineered mechanics of working machines; and exploration of non-fossil-fuel energy uses.
Studio Art, Computer Science, Photography, Outdoor Leadership, ESL for international students, and other courses based on student interest and faculty expertise.
P.E. includes skiing, snowboarding, hiking, yoga and stretching, bike riding, and swimming. All students participate in week-long outdoor education trips.
Our faculty prepares students for the college of their choice by meeting the standards for the University of California system. Our graduates maintain a 100% college acceptance rate into an average of three universities or colleges. Students may receive dual high school and college credit recognized by the California State University and University of California schools by participating in the Academic Enrichment program at a local community college.
To graduate, a student completes 240 credits, including four years of English, four years of social studies, three years of mathematics, three years of science, and three years of foreign language.
English I-IV; AP English*.
Algebra I and II; Geometry; Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry; AP Calculus*.
Biology; AP Biology*; Chemistry; AP Chemistry*; Physics; AP Physics*.
Cultural Geography; World History; U.S. History; AP U.S. History*; U.S. Government/Economics; AP U.S. Government/Economics*.
Spanish I-IV; AP Spanish*; French I-IV.
Most students enroll in a one-semester health course in ninth or tenth grade.
Physical Education includes mountain biking, soccer, skiing, snow boarding, field sports, golf, tennis, yoga/stretching, hiking, trail running and weight training. SVA students may take part in the competitive fall co-ed soccer team. Students may participate in two-day school-sponsored weekend outdoor trips, and all students participate in school-sponsored week-long Outdoor Education trips.
Studio Art, Photography, International Studies, Performing Arts, Computer Science, Yearbook, Music, Philosophy I & II.
Advanced Placement Courses:
The following Advanced Placement courses are offered: AP English, AP Spanish, AP U.S. History, AP Physics, AP U.S. Government/Economics
College Preparation Courses:
We also offer College Preparation Courses for SAT and ACT.
Outdoor Education and Adventure Program:
Outdoor Education is an integral part of the mission and philosophy at Squaw Valley Academy. Each year our students attend two five-day trips that are a safe and fun hands-on adventure. Attendance at Outdoor Education week is required (mandatory) for boarding and day students, as it is part of our educational mission and curriculum.
By participating in the Outdoor Education program, SVA students learn to respect themselves, their peers, and the natural world around them. Self-reliance and compassion are important steps in improving leadership skills, communication, and problem solving. The basic Outdoor Education curriculum emphasizes safety and judgment, leadership and teamwork, outdoor skills, environmental study, and wilderness ethics.
We also offer:
- Summer School
- ESL Program
Email: Contact Us
|Address: Olympic Valley, 235 Squaw Valley Road, Tahoe City, California , USA|
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