Squaw Valley Academy

235 Squaw Valley Road | P.O. Box 2667
Olympic Valley, CA 96146
  • 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
 | 2019 School Data
Squaw Valley AcademyBoarding 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 acres110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment80 students320 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1380* 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 Size8 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:81:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1618
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program Cost$3,838
(3828 for each 3 week session)


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


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 Offered1816
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 Organizations3824
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Chess Club, Community Service Club, National Honor Society, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Aqua Aerobics, Ceramics Club, Jazz Club, Music Instruction

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Alpine Skiing & Snowboarding, Backpacking Club, Badminton Club, Basketball Club, Cadets, Camping Club, Chapel Praise team, Ice Hockey, Ice Skating, Inscape Magazine, Jewelry Design, Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS) Club, Kayaking, Middle School Science Club, Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, Permaculture Club, Prefect Leadership Program, Sea Kayaking, Sparhawk Ambassadors, Sparhawk Spotlights (Theatre), Sustainable Farming Club, Swimming, Tennis, The Belles - Student Newspaper, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Yoga, Zoo Squad

College Matriculation

Year: 201610 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Miami University3
San Francisco State University2
Drexel University1
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University1
Flagler College1
University of California Davis1
University of Central Florida1
University of Pittsburgh1
University of San Francisco1
Universtiy of California Berkeley1
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
  • Squaw Valley Academy accreditations: Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges; National Independent Private School Association (NIPSA); AdvancED
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