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Classes Start at Waterville Valley Academy

November 7, 2012

Classes have started at Waterville Valley Academy (WVA), a five month snowsports and academic academy located right here in Waterville Valley, NH.

WVA is designed for full time student athletes in grades 6-12 who are dedicated to pursuing the highest level of performance in alpine racing, freestyle skiing and snowboarding in parallel with an individualized academic program.  WVA seamlessly integrates each WVA student’s home school curriculum (via 1:1 or 1:2 WVA faculty-driven individualized studies) with his or her athletic training and competition schedule. WVA students reside at the WVA dormitory or other nearby locations.  Over the past six years WVA has enrolled students from over 20 states and several foreign countries representing over 110 home schools.  WVA has approximately 70 students.

WVA was founded in 1972 and is operated by the Waterville Valley Black and Blue Trail Smashers Snowsports Educational Foundation (WVBBTS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit education foundation. WVBBTS also operates the BBTS snowsports club, a weekend training program for alpine, freestyle and snowboard athletes ages five and up. The BBTS Ski Club, organized in 1934, is one of the oldest ski clubs in the country.

Check out some photos taken on Nov. 5, 2012 – the first day of classes.


Jessie and a very enthusiastic Peter with Health teacher Wendy Dropkin.


Snowboard athlete Colleen with Physics teacher Joe Beasley.


Ben Craven and Hannah.


Paul Hazelton with Christian.


Brendan Malloy with Brielle.


Math teacher John Swett with Shelbie.


English teacher Josh Nicoliason and Dakota.


P.E.A.K. students.
What’s P.E.A.K.?
P.  Pursuing
E.  Engaging
A.  Authentic
K.  Knowledge

This exciting new program is specifically designed to meet the learning needs of middle school students. The P.E.A.K. curriculum is both integrated and standards based, with a focus on projects and activities that are highly engaging to middle school learners. To put it simply, the P.E.A.K. Program is a more fun and engaging way to learn. Students will Pursue and Engage in acquiring Authentic Knowledge and apply that knowledge to better understand real world situations. Through this program students will be better prepared for the rigors of High School and beyond with strong literacy and technology skills.  Students will be taught how to learn through inquiry, analysis and application knowledge. Our small class size allows for both small group work, and individualized instruction. Students will be challenged to communicate their understandings in a variety of ways through documentation of data, journal entries, and digital presentations.  Students who are enrolled in the P.E.A.K. Program, will enhance their snow sport skills through our nationally recognized programs in alpine ski racing, freestyle skiing and snowboard competition and better prepared to tackle the rigorous academic challenges in the years to come.

About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget. 1-888-987-8333.

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