About CVA

Get to Know CVA

Who we are

Nestled in the western mountains of Maine since 1982, we have earned more Olympic medals for skiing and snowboarding than some small countries. Our students have attended the most prestigious colleges and universities. CVA prepares student-athletes to be responsible, caring citizens who know the value of hard work and commitment.

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  • PHILOSOPHY

    CVA is more than a school; it is a way of life that is shaped by the ruggedness of the terrain and environment. We create an experience not found elsewhere, an experience that creates growth, opportunity, and choices. A full-on academic, athletic, and community experience that is life-changing.
  • APPROACH

    We are student centered. We tap into a student’s passion for skiing/snowboarding, love of the outdoors and willingness to work hard. We use that passion to help a student achieve his/her personal best with the goal of creating the strongest high school resume, so upon graduation, he/she has the most post-secondary academic and athletic choices.
  • ADVANTAGES

    We are the leader in delivering programs that enable students from 7th grade to Post-graduate to obtain a rigorous college preparatory education while pursuing athletic aspirations. It’s a time tested integration of academics, athletics, and community providing a framework for students to become confident, independent, and advocates for themselves.

Term Options

We strongly recommend all students attend CVA for as much of the school year as they are able. Whether a shorter term is an option for a student depends on that student's athletic and academic goals, maturity and independence, and ability to handle transitions. The family's needs and the home school's willingness to be helpful with the transitions are also important factors.  We welcome your input to help your student successfully make the transitions. 

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  • Full-year (nine-month) program; the traditional school year:

    The nine-month program was designed with an essential balance between academics and athletics. In the fall term, students attend classes on Saturdays to prepare for the winter months. Students attending in the fall get in optimum physical shape from a sport specific dryland training program and they benefit from our Human Performance Program that focuses on age appropriate developmental training. The fall helps the student establish consistent study habits, aids in time managment skills, and helps build relationships with teachers before the busy winter months arrive. Important aspects of our responsible community living program are delivered in the fall and the close, family-like atmosphere encourages lasting relationships between students and faculty.

    Students who attend CVA for the full year can rely on the academy’s college counseling services.
  • Seven-month program:

    The student has two choices with the seven-month program: arrive at CVA in September and stay until early April, or arrive in November and stay until June. For the seven-month term, students are considered to be full-time CVA students and they participate in our program, which means they transfer into our academic and athletic curriculum. While students are here, CVA teachers are responsible for the course content, grades, and exams. Home schools award credit based on successful completion of course requirements for those students who arrive at CVA in September and return to their home schools in early April. CVA awards credit based on successful completion of course requirements for those students who arrive at CVA in November and stay until June.
  • Winter term (five-month) program:

    Our five-month program begins in early November and ends in early April. This program accepts applications from 7th-12th grade students who have a B average and have compelling reasons to participate in the shortened program. For the five-month term, students are considered to be full-time CVA students and they participate in our program, which means they transfer into and are fully immersed in our academic and athletic curriculum. While students are here, CVA teachers are responsible for the course content, grades, and exams. Home schools award credit based on successful completion of course requirements.
  • Integration and transition with home schools:

    When a family applies for the five-month term or seven-month term, we discuss the alignment of courses during the admissions interview. For example, if a student is taking geometry at home, he'd take it at CVA; biology at home, biology at CVA etc.

    Students accepted into the five-month or seven-month term with a September arrival receive information in September that outlines, for each course, the concepts they will be studying at CVA for the five or seven months. The family reviews that information with home school teachers to develop a plan for the student to transition back in the spring.

    For those students who arrive in November we ask their home school teachers to provide us with information about what the student has been studying in the fall to help us transition them into CVA.

    Seniors who are at CVA for five or seven month winter term will need to rely upon their home school guidance counselor for those services and arrive at CVA with their applications completed.

Quick Facts - Current Student Body

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  • 90-95

    students
  • 2/3

    male students
  • 1/3

    female students
  • 2/3

    boarding
  • 1/3

    Day students
  • 50%

    of our athletes are on the alpine team
  • 20%

    are snowboarders
  • 20%

    are freestyle skiers
  • 10%

    are on the Backcountry team
  • >55%

    receive financial aid and/or scholarships
  • 14

    different states and countries represented by students
  • 50

    faculty and coaches
  • 10

    Average class size

Quick Facts - Alumni

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  • 11

    X Games Competitors - 10 Medals
  • 12

    Olympians - 3 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals
  • 26

    NCAA and USCSA All Americans
  • 39

    National Team Members
  • 8 times

    Best Big Mountain Snowboarder of the Year
  • 92

    National Titles

Mission

The intent and purpose of Carrabassett Valley Academy is to foster focused individual student-athlete development by providing the optimum balance between outstanding college preparatory academics, responsible community living and world-class athletic training in competitive skiing and snowboarding.
Carrabassett Valley Academy is a private middle and high school at Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine offering a unique balance of college preparatory academics and competitive ski and snowboard training.