Waterville Valley Academy (WVA) is a NEASC accredited snowsports academy located in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, and 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. Full-term WVA students graduate from our program and matriculate at some of the finest and most selective colleges and universities in the United States. The differentiator of a WVA education is the combination of our academic and athletic rigor along with the invaluable and deep character values that our student-athletes learn and practice every day.
All WVA programs are available for Alpine ski racers, Freeskiers, Freestyle Skiers, or Snowboarders. Since becoming a full-time program in 2013, WVA has enrolled students from over 20 states and several foreign countries representing over 110 home schools. WVA has approximately 50 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 sizes 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
The WVA Winter term program is available to student-athletes in grades 9-12. 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
The WVA Middle School Program is available for student-athletes in 6-8th grade. The Middle school program delivers developmentally appropriate academics to support middle school students during the athletically essential years between 11-14. We offer top-level training, physically appropriate off-snow conditioning, and our well-renowned individualized academic system for Freestyle, Freeski, and Alpine athletes.
The WVA Middle School program is a hybrid program. In the math and foreign languages, students will track along with their home school curricula, but be taught by WVA educators. In humanities, social science, and science courses, WVA teachers deliver our own curriculum which is oriented around home schools learning outcomes. This means that while our assignments and course work may be different than the home schools’, our students are able to reintegrate to their home schools in the spring with the same important skills.
Late Season Program
January through March
The WVA Late Season Program is available for students in 9-12th grade. The 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 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 dry slope or camp training. Alpine U19s are not eligible for Late Season.
Early Season Program
November through December
The WVA Early Season Program is available for students in 6-12th grade on a space-available basis. 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.