Sports: (Snow) alpine, freeskiing, freestyle and snowboard
Grades: 6 to PG
Program Length: New 4-year Pinnacle High School; 5-month winter term; semester and quarter terms also available
Application Period: Enrollment deadline March 31
Staff/Student Ratio: 1:7 or less for Pinnacle High School; 1:1 or 1:2 for all other enrollment terms
Cost: Please refer to website
Scholarships: Available, must apply
Head of School: Robert Sampson; CEO/Executive Director, Peter Stokloza
Academics and Overview
Waterville Valley Academy (WVA) is designed for full time student-athletes, in grades 6-12, who are dedicated to pursuing the highest level of performance in competitive alpine racing, freestyle skiing, freeskiing and snowboarding in concert with a rigorous individualized academic program. WVA seamlessly integrates each student’s curriculum with his or her athletic training and competition schedule.
WVA is located just minutes from Waterville Valley Resort, allowing students to spend more time training and less time traveling to a mountain. Our world-class coaches provide quality training on some of the best training venues and facilities in the East.
WVA students have been accepted at Babson College, Bates College, Boston College, Boston University, Bowdin College, Brown University, Champlain College, Clark University, Clarkson College, Colby College, Colorado College, Dartmouth College, Evergreen State College, Fort Lewis College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, McGill University, Middlebury College, Montana State University, Pennsylvania State University, Plymouth State University, Roger Williams University, Saint Anselm College, Saint Michael’s College, Sierra Nevada College, Syracuse University, Union College, University of Denver, University of Maine, University of Massachusetts, University of New Hampshire, University of Utah, University of Vermont, Westminster College and Williams College
The innovative new Pinnacle High School combines the best of student-athlete centric scheduling, experienced faculty, unique curriculum and the unparalleled Burdenko Training Method. Advanced Placement and SAT Preparatory classes are integrated into Pinnacle academics. Many of the WVA Faculty hold advanced degrees in their subject area. Winter, semester and quarter Terms are based on curriculum from the student’s sending school. WVA’s PEAK Program is an exciting program, with its own curriculum, designed to meet the social, emotional and learning needs of middle school students.
Alpine: Tom Barbeau, Director; Adam Chadbourne, Director; Jason Guilbert, Head Coach, Fred Turton, Head Coach; Freeskiing: Dan Shuffleton, Director; Freestyle: Wes Preston, Director; Snowboard, Timmy McLaughlin, Director
Alpine: Peter Anderson, Dan Thompson, Dave Reynolds, Andrew Howe, Parker Speare, Dylan Zimmermann, Marley Pawlak, Matt Chester
Freeskiing & Freestyle: Tyler Thistle, Colin Campbell, James Campbell, Ned Morse, Molly Shannon
Snowboard: Greg Maxwell, Brendan Hart, Mackenzie Joyce, Dennis Filteau
Pat Moore, Hannah Kearney, Julia Krass, Devin Logan, Nikki Stone, Chas Guldemond, Dylan Ferguson, Greg Maxwell, Annalisa Drew, Chemmy Alcott, Abigail Fucigna, Alex Fucigna, Erin Fucign, Lindsay Mann, Nick Baker, Todd Thibodeau, Sean McNamara, Wes Preston, Tim Humphrey, and Jessica Breda, Maddy Packard, Kia Mosenthal, Brian McLaughlin
On-snow venues at Waterville Valley Resort; WVA campus training at the new Thomas Barbeau Training Center, and Phil’s Hill Training Center, a year-round venue utilizing a BagJump airbag. New for the 2014-15 season, a cooperative snowmaking venture with Waterville Valley Resort featuring TechnoAlpin Fan Guns.