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.

Connected. Personalized. Dynamic.


Sugar Bowl Academy's learning process is:


Teachers push student-athletes to make connections between all subject matter, to the real world and society at large, and to the environment in which we live and learn.

Student-athletes and teachers use technology as a resource for learning and communication whether on campus or on the road.

Small class sizes and a close-knit community enable SBA student-athletes to connect with teachers outside of the classroom on a multitude of levels. SBA teachers are highly accessible and have numerous opportunities to engage with student-athletes in the hallways, at lunch or while riding the chairlift.


In heterogeneous classrooms, teachers differentiate instruction and assignments to challenge and support individual student-athletes who quickly come to learn that any environment can be used for academic growth.

Student-athletes engage in self-driven, challenging, creative projects as they explore questions that go beyond standard texts and compartmentalized subject matter.


Student-athletes and staff are solution-oriented, constantly applying their diverse backgrounds to the unique challenges of ski academies, embracing progressive ideas and proven best practices and adapting to the ever-changing needs of our student-athletes.

Student-athletes and teachers take advantage of our unique high alpine environment, extending the classroom outside to the mountains, streams and meadows that lie just beyond our doors.

Teachers seize opportunities to enhance learning, building upon student-athlete interest or teachable moments.

The Sugar Bowl Academy Classroom

  • Emphasizes both depth and breadth of content, making learning meaningful for all student-athletes.
  • Stresses critical, creative thinking, encouraging student-athletes to be resourceful, problem solvers.
  • Challenges and supports student-athletes, pushing them beyond what they think they can achieve.
  • Relies on active student-athlete participation.
"I don't know what you did to our son, but we are amazed! The kid we sent you in October would NEVER have gone to a teacher to ask to take a harder course."

— SBA Parent