Academics

Academics at The Winter Sports School are rigorous. Our primary academic goal is to prepare students for college,and we make every attempt to instill in each student a driving curiosity and life-long love of learning.

The Winter Sports School is fully accredited by AdvancED.

Our students are held to high academic standards. Any grade below 70 percent is considered failing, and students whose grade point averages fall below an acceptable level are not invited to continue with the school. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.67 is required to graduate from The Winter Sports School.

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Academic Schedule

Winter Sports School students start their academic year in April in order to complete the academic year in November. This innovative schedule provides an uncompromised academic experience while allowing the winter sports athlete to pursue the rigorous travel and training required to compete at the national and international level.

2018 Academic Schedule

    SPRING SEMESTER - Q1
  • APRIL 16 - MAY 18
  • SPRING SEMESTER - Q2
  • MAY 21 - JUNE 22
  • HOLIDAY - NO SCHOOL
  • MAY 28 (MEMORIAL DAY)
  • VACATION
  • JUNE 25-29
  • SUMMER SEMESTER - Q3
  • JULY 2 - AUGUST 3
  • HOLIDAY - NO SCHOOL
  • JULY 4 (INDEPENDENCE DAY)
  • SUMMER SEMESTER - Q4
  • AUGUST 6 - AUGUST 31
  • VACATION
  • SEPTEMBER 3-7
  • FALL SEMESTER - Q5
  • SEPTEMBER 10 - OCTOBER 12
  • FALL SEMESTER - Q6
  • OCTOBER 15 - NOVEMBER 16
  • VACATION
  • OCTOBER 18 AND 19 (UEA)
  • LAST DAY OF SCHOOL/GRADUATION
  • NOVEMBER 16

Curriculum

The Winter Sports School curriculum is rigorous and falls within a compressed academic calendar. Areas of instruction are held to the core requirements for Utah high school graduation and for college admissions: English, Math, Science, Foreign Language, Social Studies, Health, Art, and CTE(Career and Technical Education). Physical Education credits and progress towards the Winter Sports School’s graduation requirements are earned by virtue of the hours our athletes spend training and competing with the teams and coaches of their choice; an eligible coach or athletic director must sign off on those hours.

Honors work is available in English, Foreign Language, History, Math, and Science. In order to receive the honors designation, a student must be invited to participate in honors level work by the teacher, and must complete a research-based project in addition to the college preparatory curriculum of that particular course.

Utah Statewide Online Education Program: For information regarding Utah’s Statewide Online Education Program,
please visit: The Utah State Board of Education Online Program

Faculty and Staff

The Winter Sports School in Park City provides an educational opportunity that is unparalleled anywhere in the world. Our schedule allows student athletes to focus all of their attention on academics when they are in school and on their chosen sport when the season is underway.

BFA Art, Brigham Young University


MFA Art, University of Utah

Eric Christiansen
ART CLASS

BA Geology, Mount Holyoke College

Katie Knutson
CAREER & TECHNICAL ED|HEALTH|SCIENCE

BA Architecture, Pratt Institute

Jimmy Flour
CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION

BA Economics and English, Ursinus College

Roger Arsht
ENGLISH

BA English Lit. & Cultural Anthropology, CSU Fullerton


M.Ed Secondary Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Alison Moore
ENGLISH | SOCIAL STUDIES

BS Education, Northern Illinois University


MA Mathematics Education, DePaul University

Maureen Bickner
MATH

BS Mathematics  – Michigan State University

Alex Burlacu
MATH | SCIENCE

BS Biomedical Engineering, Duke University


M.Ed Secondary Education, Texas Christian University

Mary Carlson
MATH & SCIENCE AIDE

BS Biochemistry, University of Wyoming


PhD Candidate Biochemistry — Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Washington

Bill Hokanson
SCIENCE

BS Physics, University of Utah

Joe Rhodes
SCIENCE

BA International Studies – Latin America, University of Oregon


BA Spanish, University of Utah

Rosie Hanek
SOCIAL STUDIES | SPANISH

BA Special Education, University of Las Vegas


MA Administration, University of Phoenix

 

 

Amy Trombetti
SPECIAL EDUCATION

BA Economics and English – Bowdoin College


MBA –  University of Texas at Austin

Dave Kaufman
ECONOMICS | CTE

AB History, Middlebury College

MA History, U. of Mass.

M.Ed, Plymouth State U.

Psych.Ed, Rivier College

Scott Hendrickson
COLLEGE COUNSELOR|CTE|SOCIAL STUDIES AIDE

BA English – Wells College, Aurora NY

MA British & American Literature – University of Utah

 

Tess Miner Farra
HEAD OF SCHOOL

BA – Psychology,  San Diego State University

MS – School Counseling, National University

Rebecca Turco
Guidance Counselor

College Counseling

The Winter Sports School takes great care in guiding each student and his/her parents through the college preparation and application process. Our counseling process encompasses grades 9 through 12, but intensifies during Junior and Senior years, during which each student and his/her parents have the opportunity to meet with our staff counselor regularly to ensure a smooth process and fully informed choices. We take great pride in finding the ideal higher education match for each of our graduates.

Please read through our College Counseling Four-Year Plan for more details.

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park city, Utah

The Winter Sports School is situated in what is arguably the most conveniently accessible mountain locale in the United States. We’re 3 miles off of I-80; about 20 miles from the eastern edge of Salt Lake City and about 35 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport. Our location is:

4251 Shadow Mountain Dr.

Park City, UT 84098

435.649.8760

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