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.

2017 Academic Schedule

    BLOCK 1
  • APRIL 17 - MAY 19
  • BLOCK 2
  • MAY 22 - JUNE 23
  • DAY OFF
  • MAY 29 (MEMORIAL DAY)
  • VACATION
  • JUNE 26 - JULY 4
  • BLOCK 3
  • JULY 5 - AUGUST 4
  • VACATION
  • AUGUST 7 - 11
  • BLOCK 4
  • AUGUST 14 - SEPTEMBER 15
  • DAY OFF
  • SEPTEMBER 4 (LABOR DAY)
  • PROF. DEVELOPMENT
  • SEPTEMBER 5 - 8, NO CLASSES HELD
  • BLOCK 5
  • SEPTEMBER 18 - OCTOBER 18
  • VACATION
  • OCTOBER 19 AND 20
  • BLOCK 6
  • OCTOBER 23 - NOVEMBER 17
  • GRADUATION
  • NOVEMBER 17

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. Honors coursework is eligible for an A+ grade with 4.33 grade point value, but receives no extra weight in GPA calculation.

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

ART CLASS

BA Geology, Mount Holyoke College

CAREER & TECHNICAL ED|HEALTH|SCIENCE

BA Architecture, Pratt Institute

CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION

BA Economics and English, Ursinus College

ENGLISH

BA English Lit. & Cultural Anthropology, CSU Fullerton


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

ENGLISH | SOCIAL STUDIES

BS Education, Northern Illinois University


MA Mathematics Education, DePaul University

MATH

BS Mathematics  – Michigan State University

MATH | SCIENCE

BS Biomedical Engineering, Duke University


M.Ed Secondary Education, Texas Christian University

MATH & SCIENCE AIDE

BS Biochemistry, University of Wyoming


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

SCIENCE

BS Physics, University of Utah

SCIENCE

BS Chemistry, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

SCIENCE LAB DEVELOPMENT

BA International Studies – Latin America, University of Oregon


BA Spanish, University of Utah

SOCIAL STUDIES | SPANISH

BA Spanish, Westchester University


MA Education, Lehigh University

SPANISH AIDE

BA Special Education, University of Las Vegas


MA Administration, University of Phoenix

 

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION

BA Economics and English – Bowdoin College


MBA –  University of Texas at Austin

ECONOMICS | CTE

AB History, Middlebury College

MA History, U. of Mass.

M.Ed, Plymouth State U.

Psych.Ed, Rivier College

COLLEGE COUNSELOR|CTE|SOCIAL STUDIES AIDE

BA English – Wells College, Aurora NY

MA British & American Literature – University of Utah

 

HEAD OF SCHOOL

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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