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 Calendar

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.

2020 Academic Calendar

    SPRING SEMESTER - Q1
  • APRIL 15 - MAY 15
  • SPRING CONFERENCES
  • MAY 22
  • HOLIDAY - NO SCHOOL
  • MAY 25 (MEMORIAL DAY)
  • SPRING SEMESTER - Q2
  • MAY 18 - JUNE 25
  • VACATION
  • JUNE 26 - JULY 3
  • SUMMER SEMESTER - Q3
  • JULY 6 - AUGUST 7
  • SUMMER SEMESTER - Q4
  • AUGUST 10 - SEPTEMBER 4
  • SUMMER CONFERENCES
  • AUGUST 13
  • VACATION
  • SEPTEMBER 7-11
  • FALL SEMESTER - Q5
  • SEPTEMBER 14 - OCTOBER 14
  • FALL SEMESTER - Q6
  • OCTOBER 19 - NOVEMBER 20
  • VACATION
  • OCTOBER 15 AND 16 (UEA)
  • LAST DAY OF SCHOOL/GRADUATION
  • NOVEMBER 20

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

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

BS Physics, University of Utah

Joe Rhodes
SCIENCE

Rosie Hanek-Cahoon

BA – International Studies – Latin America
University of Oregon


BA – Spanish
University of Utah

Rosie Hanek-Cahoon
SOCIAL STUDIES | SPANISH

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

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 | CTE

BA – Theology & Ethics
Boston College

Molly Sugrue
Social Studies | Service Learning Coordinator

BA – Art History and Business
Florida State University

Megan Altman
ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE MANAGER I ENROLLMENT SPECIALIST

Derek Bunting

BA – English, Dartmouth College

MA – Education, Stanford University

Derek Bunting
English | Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Jamie Ramsay

BS – Biology
University of Utah

MS – Plant Pathology
Washington State University

 

Jamie Ramsay
Science

Stephanie Carter

BA – English
Western Washington University

BA – Secondary Education
Western Washington University

MA – Education/Curriculum & Instruction
Grand Canyon University

Stephanie Carter
Learning Specialist | Teaching Aide

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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