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Squaw Valley Academy

Private Boarding School – Olympic Valley , California

Squaw Valley Academy, founded in 1978, is the ideal place for students who have a love for adventurous activities outdoors. The school develops leadership, critical thinking, and analytical skills through a multi-disciplinary approach that takes full advantage of the surroundings of the Lake Tahoe area. All students participate in Outdoor Education that integrates the math, science, and humanities from the traditional classroom.

The main building has three classrooms, a restaurant, science labs, a darkroom, music lab, and art studios. The entire campus has internet available through their wireless internet network.

Sports and Arts
Squaw Valley offers unique opportunities in arts like Jewelry Design and Photography. During the winter months, the academic schedule provides time each day for students to ski or snowboard at Squaw Valley USA, two miles from campus. Developmental ski and snowboard classes, from the beginner to the advanced level, are offered to help students improve and refine their skills and enjoyment of the winter sports. Advanced athletes may train and compete with the Squaw Valley Ski Team or at Alpine Meadows nearby.

Dormitories and Student Life
SVA boarding students gain a strong sense of family and community by living with usually one or 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.

Olympic Valley, California (also known as Squaw Valley) is an unincorporated community located in Placer County northwest of Tahoe City along California State Highway 89 on the banks of the Truckee River near Lake Tahoe. It is home to Squaw Valley Ski Resort, the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics. Olympic Valley is the smallest resort area to host the Olympic Winter Games. The Squaw Valley Academy campus is nestled in a valley at the edge of the Tahoe National Forest and within five miles of Lake Tahoe. 

Area population: 2,185
County website: Placer County

Estimated Start Date: Mid-August
Estimated End Date: Late May

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3 Acres

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Foreign Languages

  • Spanish

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  • Jewlery Design
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Photography
  • Studio Art

AP Courses

  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • English Language and Composition
  • English Literature and Composition
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Physics B
  • Physics C
  • Spanish Language
  • Studio Art
  • US Government and Politics
  • US History
  • World History


  • Basketball
  • Cross Country Running
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Fly-Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Ice Hockey
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

Extracurricular Activities & Clubs

  • Art
  • Chess
  • Garden
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Recycling
  • Science
  • Sustainability
  • Yearbook

School Location

Partial List of College and University Acceptances

Art Institute of San Francisco, Boston University, California Polytechnic, Case Western Reserve University, Colorado State University, Pepperdine University, Purdue University, Stanford University, Syracuse University, George Washington University, University of California - Berkeley, University of California –Los Angeles (UCLA), University of Colorado – Boulder, University of Connecticut, University of Massachusetts, University of Notre Dame, University of San Francisco, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Closest International and Local Airports: Reno Tahoe International Airport (RNO)
For Details Visit Website:   Squaw Valley Academy

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