Squaw Valley Academy, County of Placer, California

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Squaw Valley Academy is a grade 9-12 California boarding school and day school in the beautiful Sierra Nevada near Lake Tahoe. The school offers a rigorous academic program that emphasizes close interaction between faculty and students and focuses on each student’s individual needs. Supervised two-hour study halls each school night, along with average class size of eight students, assure individual attention and create a climate of academic success for every student.

International students enjoy an immersion ESL experience to improve their English-speaking skills. Squaw Valley Academy typically hosts students each year from many countries, including South Korea, Germany, Taiwan, China, Austria, Spain, Canada, Great Britain, Russia, New Zealand, Brazil, and Japan.

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About the school

It is difficult to describe to someone unfamiliar with the Sierra Nevada the spectacular beauty of this area. From towering, 9000-foot mountain peaks, to the breathtaking expanse of Lake Tahoe, this is truly one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Squaw Valley Academy’s safe, clean campus is nestled in the Olympic Valley at the edge of the Tahoe National Forest. It is less than 5 miles from California’s largest and most beautiful lake, Lake Tahoe. A California boarding school, SVA campus is only 2 miles from Squaw Valley Ski Resort, home of the 1960 Winter Olympics. With this as backyard, the Sierra Nevada provides an ideal location in which to practice our commitment to real accomplishment and personal success.

Well-appointed residential buildings become a home-away-from-home for our students, who typically live in two-person dormitory rooms. Adult staff are present and available to monitor and help students in dormitories and elsewhere on campus 24 hours per day.

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SVA boarding students gain a strong sense of family and community by living with usually one-two roommates in a private room. Most rooms have a view of the surrounding Tahoe National Forest. The residential buildings have in-residence adult chaperones, free-of-charge laundry facilities, and lounges. SVA has limited high-speed wireless Internet; students are required to bring their own laptop computers.

The on-campus Dining Hall serves well-balanced meals each day. On weekdays, a additional soup and salad bar is offered with lunch, while students may also enjoy the salad bar with their dinner. Fresh fruit is available in the Dining Hall: usually apples, bananas, oranges in winter, with added cut-fruit melange at the salad bar, and in summer a mix of seasonal, locally grown fruit. Seven different local pluots (a cross between plums and apricots) are seen in summer.

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Academic life

SVA has a 4-year, college-preparatory curriculum, designed to prepare your child to be successful at colleges and universities in the United States and throughout the world.

Course Offerings

English: English I – IV and English Honors, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, English Language Development I-III, Literature for International Students I and II

Mathematics:  Algebra I – II and Algebra Honors, Geometry and Geometry Honors, Pre-calculus and Pre-calculus Honors, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Calculus and Calculus Honors

Laboratory Sciences:  Biology and Biology Honors, AP Biology, Chemistry and Chemistry Honors, AP Chemistry, Physics and Physics Honors , AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2: Algebra-Based, AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, AP Physics C: Mechanics

Social Studies: World History and World History Honors, AP World History, U.S. History and U.S. History Honors, Social Studies for European Students

U.S. Government: AP U.S. History, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP European History to Social Studies, AP Economics, Macro and Micro

Languages: Spanish I -IV and Spanish Honors , AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Chinese Language and Culture, AP Japanese Language and Culture

Athletics: Physical Education (includes soccer, skiing, snowboarding, and a variety of seasonal mountain sports).

Electives (some courses not offered every semester): Studio Art, AP Studio Art, Performing Arts, Photography, Digital Filmmaking, Music, Environmental Science, Astronomy

To graduate, a student completes 280 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.

* AP means “Advanced Placement” and students may earn college credit with successful completion of each AP course and the national AP examination. AP Courses are only offered with valid student interest and staff qualification.

Sport and culture

Team and individual outdoor sports in the fall and spring include soccer, mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, yoga, running, and weight training. During the winter season, if school work is up-to-date, students may ski and snowboard daily at Squaw Valley USA, 2 miles (3.2Km) from school. Squaw Valley was an International Olympic site and features 3,500 skiable acres with over 30 lifts and 170+ trails.

Summer School 2018 – Grades 9-12

July 1 – July 20 and/or July 22 – August 10, 2018

Earn full semester credits in two courses and physical education

All inclusive tuition $3 828

July 1 –- August 10, 2018

Earn full semester credits for two school year courses and physical education

All inclusive tuition $7 656

Summer Course Offerings

SL – English as a Second Language for non-US students

SAT Prep – Helps ensure good preparation for math and critical reading sections of the SAT

Math – Algebra I and II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus

Learning Strategies, Resources, and Support – Executive function skills and learning support

History – US Government, World History, and US History

Science – Biology, Chemistry, and Physics

English – English literature and composition I-IV

Location Description

Squaw Valley Academy is located in a safe and secure area with crystal-clean air at an altitude of 6,200ft/2,000m. A California boarding school, campus is 45 minutes by car/van/shuttle from the Reno/Tahoe Airport (RNO), which is 45 minutes by air from San Francisco (SFO) or 60 minutes from Los Angeles (LAX).

235 Squaw Valley Road Olympic Valley, CA 96146 CA 96146

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