Academics

Summer School Overview

At Squaw Valley Academy, we combine academic credit with summer fun at Lake Tahoe. Summer school students may attend a three-week (semester) session or six week (full-year) session, experience intensive 2 two-hour classes, and have fun with outdoor mountain sports, soccer, and other excursions each afternoon. SVA offers first-semester courses during Session One and second-semester courses during Session Two. Enrollment is open to all qualified high school students. Students who attend both sessions are eligible to earn full-year credits.

Average summer class sizes are less than eight students, leading to personalized, intensive instruction. Teacher-led evening study halls enhance and support daily instruction. Afternoon adventures around Lake Tahoe balance the day, and weekend trips and activities ensure a summer to remember.

For rates, dates, courses offered and more, check out our 2018 Summer School Brochure.

Why SVA Summer School is Effective

Average summer class sizes of eight or less, personalized instruction, and teacher-led evening study halls offer a supportive, credit-earning environment. Afternoon adventures around Lake Tahoe balance the day, and weekend trips and activities ensure a summer to remember.

Courses Offered

Courses are offered based on student enrollment.

English
Level I

Level II
Level II
Level IV

Mathematics
Algebra I

Algebra II
Geometry
Pre-calculus
Calculus

Laboratory Sciences
Biology
Chemistry
Physics

Social Studies
World History
U.S. History
U.S. Government
Economics

Additional Offerings
S.A.T. Preparation

Afternoon Activities

Monday
Swimming at High Camp at Squaw Valley ski resort (8,200′ elevation)
Mountain Biking at Northstar California™ with lift-serviced downhill trails
Tennis at Tahoe City tennis courts

Tuesday
Water tubing on upper Truckee River near Tahoe City
Hiking in Shirley Canyon in Squaw Valley
Ropes Course in Squaw Valley

Wednesday
Miniature golf in Carnelian Bay, across the street from Lake Tahoe
Roller skating at High Camp at Squaw Valley ski resort
Golfing at one of the eight local golf courses

Thursday
Fly fishing on the upper Truckee River near the SVA campus
Sea kayaking on Lake Tahoe
Skateboarding at the skate park in Incline Village, NV

Friday
River rafting on lower Truckee River near Reno, NV
Horseback riding in Alpine Meadows
Mountain biking on the Emigrant Trail near Truckee, CA

Saturday
River rafting on lower Truckee River near Reno, NV
Horseback riding in Alpine Meadows
Mountain biking on the Emigrant Trail near Truckee, CA

Sample Weekend Schedule

Weekend One

Boarding Students Move In and Register

Weekend Two

Saturday (all school)
Lake Tahoe boat cruise on the Tahoe Queen

Sunday (choice of one)
Guided rock climbing at Donner Summit west of Truckee
Hiking at Emerald Bay at Lake Tahoe near South Lake Tahoe
Baseball batting cages and golf driving range in Reno, Nevada

Weekend Three

Saturday (all school)
Whitewater rafting on the American River

Sunday (choice of one)
Hiking at Castle Peak near Donner Summit, west of Truckee
Mountain biking on Emigrant Trail in Truckee
Swimming at West End Beach on Donner Lake

Weekend Four

Saturday (all school)
Sacramento museums and Roseville water park

Sunday (all school)
Beach picnic party at Commons Beach Lake Tahoe in Tahoe City

Getting Here

Students fly directly to the Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO), and SVA arranges student transportation from RNO to Squaw Valley Academy. The van ride from RNO to SVA is about 45 minutes. We also pick-up/drop-off students up from the Truckee Amtrak Station which is 15 minutes away from campus.