Founded in 1972, Stratton Mountain School is an independent, not-for-profit, coeducational day and boarding school located at the base of Stratton Mountain, in the Green Mountains of southern Vermont. SMS is a ski and snowboard academy that combines a traditional middle school and high school education with world-class athletic training for alpine, Nordic, freestyle and freeski skiers and snowboarders. For the 2013-14 academic year, the School enrolled 125 students.
SMS is among the world’s premier ski academies and was the first ski academy to gain academic accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Over the school’s 42-year history, 42 student athletes have gone on to represent their country competing in the Olympics, and SMS Olympians have won five Olympic medals (two gold, one silver and two bronze).
Challenging College Preparatory Education. SMS stands out from other ski academies across the United States because of it demanding comprehensive academic program. During the last three years, SMS graduates have regularly attended top-tier colleges including: Bates College, Boston College, Colby College, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Middlebury College, Syracuse University, the University of Vermont, University of Denver, and Williams College, among many others. More than 70 percent of SMS teachers have a master’s-level degree or higher, and the school maintains a separate teaching and coaching staff, to provide the absolute best teachers and best coaches. The school maintains a 1:7 teacher-to-student ratio to provide unparalled, individualized attention.
Premier Ski and Snowboard Academy. For the past 42 years, Stratton Mountain School has educated and coached hundreds of world-class skiers and snowboarders. Twelve SMS alumni participated in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, and Alex Deibold (SMS ’04) won a bronze medal in men’s snowboardcross. Seven SMS alumni participated in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, four SMS alumni participated in the 2006 Olympics, and eight in the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, including gold medal winner Ross Powers ’97, who is the current SMS Snowboard Program Director. In the 2004 Summer Olympics Kristin Luckenbill ’97 won gold in soccer. Overall, 42 Olympians have attended SMS, and collectively have made 66 Olympic Team placements throughout their careers. Additionally, there have been more than 100 U.S. and foreign national team members, with many graduates having raced at the Division-I college level and earning All-American status.
The mission of Stratton Mountain School is to “provide a unique environment that offers each student the opportunity to pursue excellence in competitive winter sports and college preparatory academics while developing strong personal values.”
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