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Squaw Valley Academy

Established: 1950

School Facts

  • Number of Students
  • Student Population
    CoEd - School for both genders
  • Accommodation
    Boarding accommodation
  • Religious Affiliation
    Not religious
  • Program Length Available
    Multiple Year, Spring Semester, Fall Semester, Fall Year

School Description

Surrounded by Tahoe National Forest, Lake Tahoe, and Squaw Valley Ski Resort, Squaw Valley Academy incorporates daily outdoor activity into its college preparatory curriculum. The school features year-round athletic opportunities, individualized instruction, and an Apple laptop for each student.

Squaw Valley’s campus is situated within the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The campus is minutes from Lake Tahoe, a ski resort, and a national forest. It features science labs, a darkroom, a music lab, and art studios.

The campus is located two miles from a 3,500-acre Olympic ski resort, providing students the opportunity to ski or snowboard seven days a week during the winter months. In addition to multiple highly competitive ski and snowboard teams, Squaw Valley offers various athletics options year-round.
The school’s fine arts program offers diverse options such as jewelry design and photography.

Students live two to three to a room in on-campus dormitories overlooking Tahoe National Forest and participate in weekend activities and excursions such as mountain biking, city trips, and formal dinners.

Visit School Site: Squaw Valley Academy
Visit City Site: Placer County, California

School News

Squaw Valley Academy was named by as the #3 Best Private High School in the Reno Area for 2019!

Famous Alumni

Chris Harlem (Norwegian) - Voss Water ASA Founder and co-owner
Martin Razinger (Austrian) - Bagjump Action Sports Founder and CEO
Phil Palmer (English) - Emmy Award winning Sound Production Mixer

  • 9, 10, 11, 12 Grades at School
  • 3 acres Campus Size
  • 60% Percentage of International Students
Diploma Year Offered?
Student Population
CoEd - School for both genders
Teacher/Student Ratio
Average Class Size
SAT Average
ACT Average
English as Second Language (ESL) Support Available
Speciality Programs
Outdoor Sport, Internships with local businesses, Model United Nations, Student Government, Sustainability Club,
Alpine Skiing, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Cross Country Skiing, Fly-Fishing, Golf, Hiking, Ice Hockey, Ice Skating, Kayaking, River Rafting, Rock Climbing, Running, Snowboarding, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis
Art, Ceramics, Drama, Jewelry Design, Photography, Photography, Studio Art
Advanced Courses (AP, A-Levels)
Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Physics 1, Psychology, US Government and Politics, US History, World History
Clubs and Extracurricular
Chess Club, Gardening, Mountain Biking Club, Music Appreciation, Recycling Club, Sustainability
Accepting Students in Grades
Ages Accepted
TOEFL Required
No Minimum
Other - Eligibility Requirements?
Rolling Admission, Offers all levels of ESL. Students who score submit a TOEFL score of 80 or above are not required to Skype interview for an English language assessment.


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. SVA was great! I wish I could do it all again! - Martin R. from Austria

Martin R.

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