Located at Lake Tahoe, California, Sugar Bowl Academy is a fully accredited college preparatory high school for competitive skiers. It's a world-class ski academy for Alpine, Nordic and Freeride athletes.


Hold on tight. These four years are going to go by faster than you can imagine. But from day one, we will be preparing you for what comes next.


Frank Sachs, a noted Director of College Counseling, may have said it best: "College is a match to be made, not a prize to be won."

We offer a comprehensive college counseling program designed to challenge and encourage student-athletes. There is much to be learned through the process of deciding what comes next, and our Director of College Counseling has the expertise and counseling insight to help you find the best fit for your future.

Our program emphasizes student accountability and personal growth. We want to see you understand yourself and use what you've learned on the slopes and courses to become a better citizen. How has the challenge of Sugar Bowl Academy shaped you? What does "Grit, Grace, and Courage" mean to you?

Our Director of College Counseling, who brings 17 years of experience to our campus, firmly believes in the importance of finding the ideal fit for you, whether that is skiing with the most competitive colleges and universities in the country, or deciding to attend a private liberal arts college. Your post-SBA options are as broad and colorful as your passions.

Our program is designed accordingly:

Ninth grade

You will be engaged through meetings each term in which academic planning will be the primary focus.

Tenth grade

You will be exposed to practice SAT and ACT tests, as well as programs on summer opportunities and resume building.

Eleventh grade

You will also be exposed to practice SAT and ACT tests and be enrolled in a College Application Process (CAP) class taught by the Director of College Counseling. In this program, you'll prepare for the SAT/ACT, brainstorm and create college essays, develop your college list, and practice interview skills to help reduce stress often associated with the college planning process.

Twelfth grade

You will be enrolled in a CAP class during the fall trimester, allowing you ample time to complete college applications and essays, study for those remaining standardized tests and get one-on-one assistance during the school day.


Parents and guardians are instrumental in helping student-athletes with their post-secondary plans, which is why at Sugar Bowl Academy they are always welcome to schedule a meeting with the Director of College Counseling to discuss future plans.

Parent information sessions on grade specific planning and standardized test interpretation will be held throughout the school year as well as a yearly Case Study Program, where parents work with a college admission representatives and review actual college applications to understand how each are admitted, denied or deferred.


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Juniors and Seniors take a College Application Process (CAP) class during the school day, alleviating much of the stress associated with the college application process and allowing more time devoted to skiing when class is not in session.

Student-athletes are exposed to practice SAT and ACT tests during the school year and are given access to an online SAT/ACT preparation program called Method Test Prep, allowing college planning to continue while being on the road for a race or a competition.

The Director of College Counseling is a career educator with seventeen years of college counseling experience, who visits colleges every year to connect with both admission representatives and college coaches advocating for the Sugar Bowl Academy student-athlete.


  • American University
  • Arizona State University
  • Babson College
  • Bates College
  • Boston College
  • California Lutheran Univ.
  • California Poly State Univ.
  • CSU, Long Beach
  • CSU, Monterey
  • CSU, San Fran
  • Clarkson University
  • Colby College
  • Colby-Sawyer College
  • Colgate University
  • Colorado Mountain College
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Denver University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgia State University
  • Gonzaga University
  • Hamilton College
  • Harvard University
  • Hobart College
  • Ithaca College
  • Lafayette College
  • Lewis and Clark College
  • Middlebury College
  • Montana State University
  • New York University
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Northern Michigan University
  • Occidental College
  • Pepperdine University
  • Quest University
  • Reed College
  • Rice University
  • Santa Clara University
  • Saint Michael’s College
  • Saint Lawrence University
  • San Diego State University
  • San Francisco State University
  • Scrips College
  • Seattle University
  • Sonoma State University
  • Tufts University
  • Tulane University
  • Univ. of California, Berkeley
  • Univ. of California, Davis
  • Univ. of California, Los Angeles
  • Univ of Calif, Merced
  • Univ. of California, Santa Barbara
  • Univ. of California, Santa Cruz
  • Univ. of Chicago
  • Univ. of Colorado, Boulder
  • Univ. of Nevada, Reno
  • Univ. of New Hampshire
  • Univ. of Oregon
  • Univ. of Pennsylvania
  • Univ. of Puget Sound
  • University of the Redlands
  • Univ. of San Francisco
  • Univ. of St. Andrews, Scotland
  • Univ. of Utah
  • Univ. of Vermont
  • Utah State University
  • Washington State University
  • Washington University, St. Louis
  • Western State College
  • Westminster College
  • Whitman College
  • Williams College
  • William Smith College


To learn more about our college admissions program, contact Karen Rowe, krowe@sbacademy.org.

"My daughter is in the very thick and dark forest of applying to colleges (the byproduct of which, of course, is her wondering if she's 'good enough' to be wanted by colleges). Karen offers the ultimate scaffolding — both emotionally and practically — to kids and parents. I have spoken with other parents who have sung her praises, as well. One actually said she feels she won the lottery having Karen at SBA."