The goal of VSSA is to challenge its student-athletes with a rigorous academic curriculum while supporting a world-class training and competition schedule. The majority of the student-athletes compete on a national and international level, which entail extensive travel during the school year. VSSA is specifically tailored to provide for the education of its oftentimes far widely spread geographic student body. Every student travels with a laptop computer for easy access to schoolwork at all times. The use of innovative Internet technologies allows teachers and student to remain in close communication. Students collect assignments, participate in discussion boards, take quizzes, download videos of lectures and receive real time instruction from teacher over the web. VSSA’s student to teacher ration of 16:1 allows for individualized attention. The majority of class sizes are under 20 students. Flexibility is key in this environment. Careful planning and monitoring of each student’s course work maintain a uniform opportunity for learning. VSSA’s students develop a level of independent learning that is unusual among high school students.
Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy Winter Tutorial (VSSA-WT), is a flexible, private tutoring component of Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy. Using curriculum provided by the student-athlete’s School of Origin (SOO), VSSA-WT supports the student-athlete’s academics while an athlete at Ski & Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV). VSSA-WT welcomes student-athletes in sixth through eighth grades and will consider fifth grade and high school students on a case-by-case basis. VSSA-WT is dedicated to helping each student achieve his/her academic potential and goals while improving time-management and organizational skills. It welcomes students from around the country and world and fosters a rigorous academic environment. VSSA-WT generally operates from early November and continues through early April.
Vail Mountain School (VMS)
The mission of Vail Mountain School is to prepare students intellectually, emotionally and ethically to thrive in a collegiate setting and beyond with the lifelong purpose of active participation in global citizenship.
Accredited by the Association of Colorado Independent Schools and a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, Vail Mountain School is the only independent, co-educational, college preparatory school for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade in Eagle and Summit counties. The school is proud of its continued reputation for excellence in education and placing its graduates in colleges and universities ranked among the top in the country. At each grade level, teachers are acutely aware of the developmental stages and needs of students. Age-appropriate curriculum is designed for each level while maintaining a focus on elements of both academia and character enhancement. Students are encouraged to be independent in their contribution to the well being of their school, their classmates and the community. VMS strongly believes that its graduates are prepared to contribute and succeed in an increasingly complex and demanding world.