Thursday, October 22, 2020

Proctor Academy

Address: PO Box 500 Andover, NH 03216

Phone: 603-735-6652


Founded: 1848

Category: Prep school with competitive ski programs

Grades: 9 to PG

Program Length: Academic Year

Application Deadline: 01/15/2020

Staff/Student Ratio: 4:1

Day School: $38,100

Boarding School: $63,200

Financial Aid: Yes

Head of School: Mike Henriques

Academics Approach:No other independent school in the country affords students the opportunity to pursue elite level skiing in synergy with an academic program as robust as Proctor’s. Featuring more than 140 academic courses, including Honors and AP level classes, more than 30 art electives, and an integrated academic support program, Proctor boasts unparalleled breadth and depth of curriculum. An educational model rooted in experiential learning provides trimesters abroad in Spain, France, Costa Rica, Ocean Classroom and Mountain Classroom. Proctor’s on- and off-campus curriculum operates within a culture of integrated academic support, allowing each student to customize their Proctor experience, to discover new passions, and to become powerful self-advocates ready to positively impact the college communities they will join following graduation. Students at Proctor do not need to make the choice between elite skiing and pursuing their academic passions. They are able to do both.

Athletic Approach:Known throughout the 1940s and 1950s as the School on Skis, Proctor’s rich on-snow history has evolved to provide more than ten on-snow opportunities for students each winter, including USSA/FIS Alpine, Nordic, Freeride, Ski Jumping, and Ski Patrol. In addition to its on-snow offerings, Proctor students partake in more than 30 athletic programs, have access to full-time strength and conditioning coaches who work with athletes throughout the year to develop sport-specific training programs and to understand the important role sleep and nutrition play in athlete performance. Proctor’s snow sport athletes pursue mainstream team sports in the fall and the spring, while capitalizing on more than 40 days of pre-season training and five pre-season training camps on three continents. Many of Proctor’s snow sport athletes are elite mountain bikers, runners, cyclists and rowers, or compete on the school’s soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, football, golf, tennis, baseball or softball teams. To further Proctor’s commitment to snow sports, the Proctor Gap FIS Program launched in the fall of 2018 allowing another avenue for Proctor athletes to pursue their skiing ambitions after graduation. This program provides elite alpine coaching to ten of the strongest alpine skiers in the region, and solidifies Proctor as the most comprehensive independent school alpine program in the country.

Notable Alumni: Bob Beattie ‘51 (Former US Alpine Ski Team Head Coach), Carl Van Loan ‘98 (Olympian), Jed Hinkley ‘99 (Olympian), Nick Fairall ‘07 (Olympian), Caite Zeliff ‘12 (Professional Freeskier), and Angie Duke ‘14 (Middlebury Ski Team)

Notable Coaches: David Salathe (Alpine Program Director), Dan Egan (Freeride Program Director), Buz Morison (Nordic Program Director), Peter Anderson (Gap FIS Program Director), Chris Jones (Ski Jumping Program Director), Morgan Salathe (Alpine/Academic Liaison), Jason Nelson (Alpine), Mike Fairbrother (Alpine), Craig Leaman (Alpine), Katherine Leaman (Alpine), Ashleigh Boulton (Alpine), Amy Licata (Alpine), Parker Spear (Gap FIS Alpine), Kate Anderson (Gap FIS Alpine), Jeff Wagner (Alpine Technician), Sarah Daney (Nordic), Peter Southworth (Nordic), Rob Dresser (Freeski), and Dillon Mailand (Snowboard)

“Being a member of Proctor Academy’s USSA/FIS program was easily the most fulfilling part of my Proctor experience. Not only was I given the right tools to succeed at the Division 1 level, but I also built relationships with coaches and teammates that will last for the rest of my life. There is no other program in the country that gives athletes the same tools on both the ski racing and academic side of the collegiate skiing equation.” – Angie Duke ‘14 (Middlebury College Ski Team)

Training Facilities:In 2018, Proctor was named a High Performance Center by USSA. The Proctor Ski Area, one of the nation’s finest privately owned FIS homologated alpine and nordic ski facilities, is located within walking distance of campus and features full snowmaking and lighting on alpine trails, nordic trails, ski jumping arena, and terrain park. In addition to Proctor’s on-campus ski area, the USSA/FIS team has a dedicated GS and speed training venue at nearby Ragged Mountain. Proctor’s Freeride team takes advantage of the M.A.X. Season Pass, expanding their training options to Stratton, Loon, Mount Sunapee, Sunday River, Okemo, and Killington. Proctor’s Gap FIS Program utilizes the school’s on-campus training facilities as well as the state of the art weight room/fitness center built in 2018.

Additional Info: Since its earliest years, Proctor has been deeply committed to experiential education. Through a constant flow of students to integrated trimesters abroad (Spain, France, Costa Rica, Ocean Classroom and Mountain Classroom), teaching faculty understand the educational value of experiences off-campus and works incredibly hard to create a flexible learning environment for students. This flexibility—combined with a fully integrated academic support program—allows Proctor to offer a robust on-snow program each season, including pre-season training trips to Europe, South America, Canada, Colorado, and California. Proctor’s educational model, commitment to experiential learning, and remarkable faculty allow a true synergy to exist between elite level skiing (on par with the best ski academies in the nation) and world-class academics.

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