SBA Residential Life
The goal of the Sugar Bowl Academy residential life program is to create a living atmosphere that is like a "home away from home." We provide firm, yet caring around-the-clock supervision, and we are understanding of the challenges faced by adolescents who set high expectations for themselves.
Designed to encourage the academic and athletic success of residential students, SBA’s residential life program emphasizes respect for one’s self and others, cooperation, healthy relationships, trust, and independence. This framework also allows residents to develop personal responsibility with opportunities to exercise good judgment and manage their personal time.
The residential life program also encourages students to have fun and experience life beyond Donner Summit. Annual weekend trips include whitewater rafting, camping, or surfing in Santa Cruz while more regular activities include trips to Reno where students can see movies, play mini-golf, dine out, or see a minor league baseball game. Evening and weekend activities at school have included Iron Chef cooking competitions, game nights, or movie nights.
The small size and low staff-to-resident ratio of the residential life program allows each student to receive personalized attention on a daily basis. In the family-like atmosphere fostered in the dorm, residential staff members enjoy being a part of the development of student-athletes beyond the classroom and the hill - and both residents and faculty thrive on the relationships that result. We donít replace a studentís home life, but we are able to provide a safe, comfortable, and nurturing atmosphere where student-athletes will succeed.
Good food is an important part of providing a comfortable atmosphere, especially for active athletes. Our fulltime cooking staff takes pride in providing healthy and delicious food every day.
The Dean of Residential Life and residential faculty all live on campus or within walking distance. All staff members are teachers or coaches, and they have first-hand knowledge of the daily demands placed on residents.