Co-ed Boarding School & Sports Academy - SVSA
Level of study: Sports Academy
Type of program: Boarding Preparatory Program
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USA / Other
Other locations: Sun Valley, Idaho
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Community School is an independent day and boarding school serving approximately 330 boys and girls in grades pre-kindergarten through twelve. We offer an exceptional academic curriculum coupled with an integrated program that includes outdoor education, community service, fine and performing arts, and athletics.

We are characterized by a school culture where it is safe to take intellectual risks and which encourages independent thinking, creativity, ethical decision-making and respect for others. Being a close-knit and relatively small community, we know our students and families well and we strive to meet individual needs.
SVSA Academic Support Program — From the start of the academic year, Sun Valley Ski Academy student athletes work with a learning specialist who tracks their progress and challenges. Our student athletes’ competition schedule is taken into account when building an academic plan. The SVSA learning specialist helps students manage workload, time commitments, and stress. When needed, our learning specialist travels to competitions to help students carve out time to study, provide curriculum-based learning support, and prepare students for returning to school.

An Understanding Faculty — Whether they have previously competed or are the parents of competitive skiers or snowboarders, our faculty understand the schedules and lives of our student athletes. Sun Valley Ski Academy student athletes are enthusiastically welcomed by the faculty, who help them keep up in class even while competing. Several Upper School teachers upload their classes to YouTube, take notes on SmartBoards and download the notes to PDF files for students to review, create weekly summary videos of the classes, and even video chat with students who are away for longer than a week. Our teachers know that dedicated winter sport athletes demonstrate their goal-oriented mindset in all aspects of their school experience.

Diverse Summer Academic Programs — Community School Summer classes are attended by the majority of Sun Valley Ski Academy student athletes. During our 2013 Summer School program, 74 percent of SVSA student athletes registered for summer classes. Students taking summer courses can lighten their load during the regular school year when they have a demanding travel schedule for ski and snowboard competitions. Students may also use credits earned in the summer to advance in the curriculum and ensure that they are taking the most challenging program Community School offers. By taking advantage of summer school, our skiers and snowboarders have been able to take as few as two courses during their high-travel competitive ski and snowboard seasons.

Online Support Systems — Twenty-two of our winter term courses have online modules that our teachers have created to help skiers and snowboarders stay on track while they are on the road. Teachers produce videos that cover important concepts and summarize each week in the winter term. Our teachers, when possible, post their homework for students several weeks in advance. This helps athletes anticipate major assignments, work on them before competitions, and develop plans for making up missing assignments. This allows athletes to stay connected to and progress in the curriculum without attending each class.

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