Waterville Valley Academy (WVA) is a snowsports academy located in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire designed for student athletes in grades 6-12 who are dedicated to pursuing the highest level of snowsports performance along with a rigorous academic program. Over the past six years WVA has enrolled students from over 20 states and several foreign countries representing over 110 home schools. WVA has approximately 70 students.
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Being a student-athlete at WVA comes with many privileges and opportunities, as well as expectations for conduct. Attached here please find a copy of the WVA Student Handbook 2019-2020
Late-August through May
The full-term program is available to elite-level student-athletes in grades 9 to 12. This program is designed to meet the individualized needs of each student, balancing academics with a rigorous training and competition schedule. Small class size and highly trained faculty are hallmarks of our program. WVA is also the only snowsports academy in the East offering Advanced Placement courses.
This program is a one-of-a-kind educational experience designed to be the path to Division 1 and National Team consideration and acceptance.
November through March
Winter term students bring work with them from their home school, and teachers at WVA are able to mirror or follow along with sending school curricula. Teachers are skilled educators able to provide intellectually challenging, individualized instruction. WVA seamlessly integrates each student’s home school curriculum with his or her athletic training and competition schedule.
Our Winter Term options allow student-athletes to spend a portion of their school year at home following such interests as sports, theatre or music. Many of our student-athletes excel in other sports and activities at their home schools, bringing a diversity of talent to WVA.
WVA Middle School Program
WVA is excited to announce the addition of a robust Middle School program for the 19-20 Academic year. This is a five month Ski Academy experience oriented toward Middle School student-athletes. Our goal is to create a developmentally appropriate academy to support middle school students during the athletically essential years between 11-14. We’ll be offering top level training, physically appropriate off-snow conditioning, and our well-renowned individualized academic system.
Students will bring their curricula from their home school to WVA for the winter. We anticipate having twelve students in the Middle School who will work one-on-one with two committed teachers during the winter. When feasible, students may be grouped according to curricular content or learning outcome, but we’ll work through sending school curricula. Middle school students will follow a different schedule than high school student athletes, and our program will emphasize the social and emotional learning of middle schoolers.
Late Season Program
January through March
WVA’s late season program is a condensed version of the Winter Term program, lasting 3 months from January to March. This program accomplishes many of the same objectives as the full winter term, but within a more condensed timeframe. In particular for our freeski athletes, this is an excellent introduction to our Academy program in combination with dryslope or camp training. Alpine U19s are not eligible for Late Season.
Early Season Program
November through December
For student-athletes wanting an introduction to WVA, the early season program runs from November through December. This is a great opportunity to get a feel for WVA and its unique method of direct instruction along with some world-class early season coaching and training. Alpine U19s are not eligible for the Early Season.