Squaw Valley Academy

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  • Located at Lake Tahoe, California in a safe area with crystal-clean air at an altitude of 6,200ft/2,000m, 45 miles from Reno, Nevada; five miles from Lake Tahoe at the foot of the Squaw Valley Ski Area & Resort, site of the 1960 Winter Olympics
  • 90 students; 60% international; average class size 8 students; student/faculty ratio 8:1
  • Coeducational boarding school with no religious affiliation
  • Location provides for a year-long Outdoor Adventure Program During winter months time is provided each day for students to ski or snowboard at former site of Olympic Games
  • University placements include Michigan State University, University of California - Irvine, among others
  • ESL Program

What's special?

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100% including: Michigan State University, State University of New York-Stonybrook, University of California - Irvine, University of California - Santa Cruz, University of San Francisco

Fast facts

Alpine climate with 300 days of sunshine per year
Coed 90 (9-12) students
60% international students
8, Student/faculty ratio: 8:1
12 , 90% with advanced degrees
Reno, NV (RNO) via San Francisco, CA (SFO) or Los Angeles (LAX)


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Advanced placement courses:

Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese Language and Culture, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, European History, Japanese Language and Culture, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, Physics C: Mechanics, Physics 1: Algebra based, Physics 2: Algebra based, Spanish Language and Culture, Studio Art: Drawing, US Government and Politics, US History, World History

Honors courses:

AP 20 Honors 11

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Marking System:

Squaw Valley utilizes the standard grading system: A=90-100; B=80-89; C=70-79; D=60-69; F=0-59. Grades are issued four times a year, at the middle and end of each semester.

Graduation Requirements:

The minimum graduation requirements for grades 9 through 12 are as follows:

  • English - 4 years
  • Mathematics - 3 years (through Algebra II, Geometry)
  • Science - 3 years (Laboratory sciences)
  • Foreign Language - 3 years
  • Social Studies/History - 3 years (World History, US History, US Government & Economics)
  • Physical Education - 4 years
  • Art or Music - 1 year
  • Five credits are earned for each semester of successfully completed work in each subject.
  • Community Service - 15 hours per year - In order for students to earn their Squaw Valley Ski pass, they must complete a minimum of 15 hours of community service.
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Special Programs

Winter program: During the winter months, the academic schedule provides time each day for students to ski or snowboard at Squaw Valley USA, 2 miles from campus. Developmental ski and snowboard classes, from the novice to the advanced level, are offered. Advanced athletes may train and compete with the Squaw Valley USA Ski Team.

All students participate in the school's Outdoor Adventure Program. Students learn leadership, team building, and outdoor skills and experience personal growth through such diverse endeavors as backpacking, rafting, kayaking, mountaineering, back-country skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, fly-fishing and other activities.

ACT Scores

Average ACT score: 25

SAT Scores

Average SAT score: 1650


Squaw Valley Academy is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges

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Studio Arts, Ceramics, Fashion, Music, Music Production, Photography
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  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rockclimbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Campus features

The primary Schoolhouse contains various classrooms and offices, kitchen and dining facilities. Additional features include a fully equipped science laboratory, an art studio, a photographic dark room, music studio, 3 dormitories, tennis courts and soccer fields. An Olympic-level ski resort is just minutes away.

Extracurricular activities

  • Alpine Skiing & Snowboarding
  • Backpacking Club
  • Badminton
  • Basketball Club
  • Camping Club
  • Ceramics Club
  • Chess Club
  • Community Service
  • Fishing Club
  • Free-style Skiing & Snowboarding
  • Golf Club
  • Hiking Club
  • Horseback Riding
  • Ice Skating
  • Jazz Club
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
Chinese, Spanish, Japanese

Admissions Requirements

3.0 preferred

Tested upon arrival

Not required

SKYPE grade 12 only


CEEB 052264

Estimated Costs


$5,800 ESL
$2,000 Student Account (optional)
Health Insurance is included in tuition

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