SVSEF recognizes that strong academic achievement is important in creating a well-rounded athlete who is best positioned to be successful in life.
The Academic Program has three primary components:
- Communicating with local school systems to identify the goals of SVSEF, and helping schedule appropriate programming to facilitate both athletics and academics
- Establishing a minimum grade requirement for traveling, and monitoring the academic progress of athletes
- Providing assistance and support in finding tutors whose skill sets suit the needs of our student-athletes
Academic Center Hours
The SVSEF Academic Center is located on the third floor of the Warm Springs Engl Training Center. Student-athletes are welcome to utilize the Academic Center during hours of operation as outlined below. Academic support is only available by appointment, and is scheduled in advance with a tutor per a student’s “academic recovery plan.”
|3:30-5:30 PM||3:30-5:30 PM||3:30 – 5:30 PM||3:30 – 5:30 PM||2:00 – 5:00 PM||Closed||Closed|
Erika Rixon, Academic Director
845-234-2780 • Erika@svsef.org
Jeannie Bradshaw, IDLA Coordinator at WRHS
Jeff Ford, Counselor (last names A-GL)
578-5020 ext. 2126 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharma Thornton, Counselor (last names G0 – N)
578-5020 ext. 2125 • SThornton@blaineschools.org
Kristen Swafford, Counselor (last names O-Z)
578-5020 ext. 2128 • KSwafford@blaineschools.org
Mille Reidy, College & Career Counselor
578-5020 ext. 2129 • MReidy@blaineschools.org
Holly Coiner, Counselor (6th and 8th grade)
Stani Malmgren, Counselor (6th and 7th grade)
Sun Valley Ski Academy
Jonna Mendes, SVSA Program Director
208-622-3955 (school) •208-720-6952 (cell) • email@example.com
The Sage School
Sara Berman, Spanish and Greenhouse Director
208-788-0120 (school) • 208-720-3542 (cell) • firstname.lastname@example.org
Sun Valley Ski Academy Contact: Jonna Mendes
School Phone: 208-622-3955
Cell Phone: 208-720-6952
Sun Valley Ski Academy, established in 2011, pairs the best of a Community School education with the proven coaching power of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation. Together, we provide snow sport athletes with an academic program that gives them a solid foundation for college and the flexibility to pursue intensive training and competition schedules.
Community School is an independent pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade school that accommodates both day students and boarding students. Total enrollment averages 375 students; about 150 of those students are in the Upper School, and roughly 50 Upper School students are enrolled in the ski academy program.
Schedule and Training
Community School is on a four-term plan (fall, winter, spring, and summer), which includes dismissal at 1:30 p.m. for four days a week, starting on Dec. 2 and running through March 14. This schedule allows time for students to train both on and off the mountains, which are located very close to the school’s facilities.
Teachers work with student athletes to plan for competition-related absences, and online learning modules allow students to keep up with work while on the road. Community School teachers use a mix of technology (including digital SMART Boards, video recording, and Skype) to ensure students can access class lectures, summary presentations, and other materials online. A Community School intern also travels with the team to help with schoolwork, and students find they can jump right back into the classroom without feeling left behind.
Students can also take advantage of Community School’s Academic Calendar Flex Plan. This program allows snow sport student athletes to take up to three courses over three weeks in the summer, significantly lightening their winter course load. Students have more time for travel and training without compromising the quality of their education.
SVSEF Academic Program
Though Community School provides full academic support for all Sun Valley Ski Academy students, SVSEF’s resources are available to them as well. SVSA athletes can and should take advantage of the foundation’s academic center and other resources, including mandatory study periods at SVSEF if Community School staff deems it necessary.
Sage School Contact: Sara Berman
School Phone: 788-0120
Cell Phone: 720-3542
The following information is from the Sage School’s “Guidelines for Sage/SVSA Student Athletes” (download at bottom):
“Part of The Sage School’s approach is to “… help students see themselves as an integral and essential part of their communities and of society… Navigating this world requires compassionate guides and respectful mentors. Navigating this world also requires academic skill, social adeptness, and emotional confidence.”
The SVSEF’s mission is “The primary goal of the program is to assist each participant in reaching his/her athletic potential, while developing a positive attitude and strong personal character.”
We believe that the goals of The Sage School and The SVSEF are complementary in the growth of strong, competent, self-aware young adults.
By creating these protocols for our student-athletes, we hope to facilitate and foster ongoing academic, athletic, and social/emotional success. In doing so, we hope to make The Sage School a viable, reputable option for competitive winter athletes, while bringing SVSEF pride to The Sage School community, and Sage School pride to the SVSEF community.
Our schedule allows students flexibility for afternoon training, exemption from their service commitments one afternoon per week, and the opportunity to use Friday afternoons to refine their understanding of their athletic commitments and development. Students who train three days a week, and who take full advantage of all opportunities that Sage offers, may leave Tuesday through Friday at 12:50 and only miss 2 periods of classes.”
For more details about the Sage School guidelines and policies as they relate to SVSEF please download the following .pdf documents.
Helpful links for athletes, coaches and parents who are making their college, skiing and scholarship plans:
|Top Colleges for Skiing – This is a quick summary of 18 colleges that are good skiing schools. Most schools in the list offer opportunities for varsity competition in the Alpine and Nordic disciplines.||www.collegeapps.about.com|
|NCAA Sports Skiing page – This is not terribly informative. It is basically a blog about skiing related NCAA stories.||NCAA.com/sports/skiing|
|NCAA.org – Start digging here for information about NCAA programs||NCAA.org|
|Wikipedia Skiing List – This is a list of NCAA skiing programs separated by division||Wikipedia.org|
|USCSA.com – This is the official website for the United States Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association. It is a good place to start digging, but you might also want to check out some of the general USCSA links below.||www.uscsa.com|
|College Snow Sports.com – This site has provided a nice summary of what the USCSA is all about.||Collegesnowsports.com|
|College Snow Sports.com – has created another good summary comparing the USCSA to NCAA programs in college ski racing.||Collegesnowsports.com NCAA vs USCSA|
|USCSA Handbook – This includes a list of participating schools at the end. Most importantly, the colleges that offer USCSA scholarships are highlighted in bold.|
|Scholarships.com – This site has put together a quick primer on skiing and snowboarding scholarships.||Scholarships.com|
|College Sport Scholarships.com – Another brief primer about NCAA recruiting for skiing scholarships.||CollegeSportScholarships.com|
|College Sport Scholarships.com – This is a slightly different primer about ski scholarships in general||CollegeSportScholarships.com|