Lake Tahoe Preparatory School

255 Squaw Valley Road | P.O. Box 2180
Olympic Valley, CA 96146
Lake Tahoe Preparatory School Photo #1 - Lake Tahoe Prep is a coeducational boarding school for students in grades 9-12 located in Olympic Valley, California. With a student body of 70 and student to teacher ratio of 7:1, we lead a program built upon personalized attention. Our students benefit from our robust curriculum approved by the University of California.
Lake Tahoe Preparatory School Photo #1 - Lake Tahoe Prep is a coeducational boarding school for students in grades 9-12 located in Olympic Valley, California. With a student body of 70 and student to teacher ratio of 7:1, we lead a program built upon personalized attention. Our students benefit from our robust curriculum approved by the University of California.
Lake Tahoe Preparatory School Photo #2 - Students may ski or snowboard daily during the winter months. Lake Tahoe Prep is located 1 mile from Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Ski Resort.
Lake Tahoe Preparatory School Photo #3 - The LTP Courtyard separates the dormitories and gives students a quiet place to converse. Students reside in one of three dormitories on campus. The new dormitory uses south-facing solar panels to take full advantage of the average 300 days of sunshine to reduce our environmental footprint.
Lake Tahoe Preparatory School Photo #4 - Lake Tahoe is a premier world-renown resort destination year-round. The blue skies, clear water, dense forests, and deep snow make it a haven for for everyone - from outdoor enthusiasts to authors and explorers.
Lake Tahoe Preparatory School Photo #5 - Our small class sizes, averaging 7 students, allow teachers to provide increased individual instruction.
Lake Tahoe Preparatory School Photo #6 - Students may take full advantage of the LTP Art Studio. The Art Studio offers resources for drawing/sketching, painting, photography, and ceramics.
Lake Tahoe Preparatory School Photo #7 - Many students enjoy recording music in the recording studio.
Lake Tahoe Preparatory School Photo #8 - Students reside in adult-supervised dormitories. Due to Covid 19 the students are living in private rooms. Rooms are furnished with beds, dressers/clothing storage, desks & chairs, in-room dormitory refrigerators, and individual combination in-room safes for students to store their valuables. Most dorm rooms include en-suite bathrooms.
Lake Tahoe Preparatory School Photo #9 - LTP serves house-made meals. A fresh salad bar is available each day, and there are ample, year-round fresh fruits and snacks between meals. We also offer vegetarian options and can accommodate some special dietary needs.
Lake Tahoe Preparatory School Photo #10 - Students enjoy daily outdoor afternoon activities.
Lake Tahoe Preparatory School is private, college-preparatory boarding school located at Lake Tahoe, California.
We enroll students who are between 14 and 18 years of age in high school and accept International Students.
LTP has 100% acceptance to U.S. universities and 4-Year colleges.
All graduates receive an average of 3 University or 4-Year College acceptances.
Students may attend in-person or online classes for grades 9-12, or short-term for one semester, one academic year, or summer school.

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Definition of Terms
 | 2021 School Data
Lake TahoeBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-12, PG9-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19781907
Campus Size3 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment70 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1350* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)1250 - 1500-
Average ACT score25*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Solid colored shirt with collar.)
Average Class Size7 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Student : Teacher Ratio7:17:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1618
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program Cost$4,000
(4000 for each 3 week session)

Tuition Cost

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
% Students on Financial Aid
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo

Acceptance Rate

Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsAdrienne Forbes

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1618
CoursesAP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Studio Art, AP U. S. History, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP World History, Physics B, Psychology


# Interscholastic Sports Offered1916
SportsAlpine Skiing, Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Climbing, Cross Country, Cycling, Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Ice Hockey, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Snowboarding, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations2523
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Chess Club, Community Service Club, National Honor Society, Student Newspaper, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Ceramics Club, Music Instruction

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Alpine Skiing & Snowboarding, Backpacking Club, Badminton Club, Basketball Club, Bouldering, Camping Club, Hiking Club, Indoor Rock Climbing, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, Sea Kayaking, Swimming, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Yoga

College Matriculation

Year: 2016 - 202010 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of California, Irvine4
Miami University3
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo2
Berklee College of Music1
Drexel University1
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University1
University of Massachusetts, Boston1
University of Pittsburgh1
University of San Francisco1
Universtiy of California, Berkeley1
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • At Lake Tahoe Preparatory School, we believe all our students deserve a robust education designed to meet them where they are in their academic journey, and those journeys are very different depending on the student.Our unique program fosters the success of each and every student. Our low student to faculty ratio of 7:1 inspires a superior academic program built on individualized learning and meaningful relationships. Our students benefit from taking part in the best outdoor sports Lake Tahoe offers, including big mountain skiing, and our wellness model prioritizes the physical, emotional, and social health of our students. Lake Tahoe Preparatory School provides a nurturing environment for each student to develop competency and confidence along their academic and social journeys.Lake Tahoe Preparatory School meets students where they are in their academic journey. We champion lifelong intellectual curiosity, physical fitness, and personal resilience. We achieve 100 percent university acceptance, and our students graduate ready to learn, ready to launch, ready to lead.In 2020, we marked the 42-year anniversary of our school with a name change to Lake Tahoe Preparatory School. Our new name signifies our role in preparing our students to be ready to learn, ready to launch, and ready to lead as they pursue their education now at Lake Tahoe, California and in their global future.  
  • LD types supported: Dyslexia/Mild Learning Differences
  • Lake Tahoe Preparatory School accreditations: Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges; National Independent Private School Association (NIPSA); AdvancED/Cognia
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Christopher Harlem - VOSS WATER ASA Founder CEO, HARLEM FOODS AG
    • Martin Rasinger - CEO, BagJump Action Sports

Profile last updated: 06/22/2021

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