Squaw Valley Academy

235 Squaw Valley Road | P.O. Box 2667
Olympic Valley, CA 96146
Tel: 530-583-9393
  • Squaw Valley Academy is private, international, college-preparatory boarding school located at Lake Tahoe, California.
  • We enroll students who are between 14 and 18 years of age in high school.
  • All graduates receive a U.S. high school diploma, and we have 100% acceptance to U.S. universities and colleges.
  • Students may attend for grades 9-12, or short-term for one semester, one academic year, or summer school.

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Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
Squaw Valley Academy Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support Yes Yes
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1978 1910
Campus Size 3 acres 110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 100 students 298 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score 1950 * National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1550 - 2250 -
Average ACT score 25 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(Solid colored shirt with collar.)
Average Class Size 8 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:8 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 16 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$52,950 $51,700
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$19,829 $28,500
% Students on Financial Aid
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No


Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required No Yes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsTess Hobbs
Adrienne Forbes: International

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 16 16
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 Offered 18 14
SportsBadminton, 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 Organizations 38 23
ExtracurricularsAlpine Skiing & Snowboarding, Backpacking Club, Badminton Club, Basketball Club, Camping Club, Ceramics Club, Chess Club, Community Service Club, Disc Golf, Dry-land Training, Field Sports, Fishing Club, Freestyle Skiing, Freestyle Snowboarding, Golf Club, Handball, Hiking Club, Horseback Riding, Ice Hockey, Ice Skating, Jazz Club, Jewelry Design, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Music Instruction,

College Matriculation

Year: 2016 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Miami University 3
San Francisco State University 2
Drexel University 1
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 1
Flagler College 1
University of California Davis 1
University of Central Florida 1
University of Pittsburgh 1
University of San Francisco 1
Universtiy of California Berkeley 1
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Squaw Valley Academy (SVA) is an international coeducational college-prep boarding school. It was founded in 1978 to offer project-based learning, outdoor education, and sports opportunities in the scenic California High Sierra. SVA offers strong preparation for college as its central focus and many outdoor sports and activities as a catalyst for personal growth and achievement. SVA maintains a 100% college acceptance rate for its graduates.
  • SVA Mission: We challenge with rigorous academics; we support with consistent behavioral standards; we train in life-long sports; we provide outdoor adventure; and we foster self-esteem through real accomplishment.
  • Located 200 miles east of San Francisco and 45 miles west of Reno, SVA sits at the foot of Squaw Valley ski area, site of the 1960 Winter Olympics. At an elevation of 6,200 feet in a superb Alpine setting, SVA offers easy access to Lake Tahoe and nearby forests, meadows, lakes, and rivers. Squaw Valley Academy is in the small residential community of Olympic Valley, with commercial centers easily accessible 5 miles south in Tahoe City and 10 miles north in historic Truckee.
  • The typical Squaw Valley Academy student is highly capable and  may need the support provided by small class size and evening study halls. She or he may have an interest in pursuing winter sports at a recreational or competitive level.
  • Squaw Valley Academy is fully accredited by the Western Association of School and Colleges.
  • Squaw Valley Academy has been a fixture in Olympic Valley nearly 40 years. Olympic skiers, corporate executives, world-class snowboarders, Air Force pilots, and countless college graduates began their roads to success with the opportunities that SVA provides.
  • LD types supported: Mild Learning Differences
  • School accreditations: Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC); National Independent Private School Association (NIPSA); AdvancED
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