Admissions Process

Go Big Dogs!

You're on your way to becoming a Big Dog.  These are the steps you'll take to get there.

Tell us about yourself by completing the Inquire form

Next steps

Once your inquiry has been submitted to CVA, the Director of Enrollment, Erin Whipple, will contact you to discuss next steps and answer any questions.  


Following a conversation with Erin, you will be given online access to the application checklist so you can start gathering information.  These steps will include submitting transcripts, assessments, recommendations, and essays.

Visit Day

An important part of the application process is getting to meet each other on campus.  We will custom design a personalized visit day that best fits your family and gives you as complete an experience as possible.

An example visit day during the winter may look something like this:
  • Meet your coach in the morning and head out on snow with current CVA athletes.
  • After on snow training, return to the school where you and your parents are invited to eat lunch in our dining hall.
  • Following lunch, you’ll be guided on a tour of our campus facilities and meet with three people: your Head Coach of the athletic program you’re applying to, the Director of Academic Planning, and the Head of School, Kate Punderson.
By the end of the day, you’ll know all about CVA and you’ll know if being a “CVA Big Dog” is right for you.

Look behind the scenes at CVA, featuring views of the dorms and classrooms, and on-snow athletics.

Visit, explore, apply

Financial assistance is provided to over half of our students, so we encourage everyone - even if finances are a concern - to visit, explore and if it's the right next step - to apply.

Through the admissions process, we examine term options and financial aid opportunities to ensure that tuition is manageable.

About Admissions

Admission to Carrabassett Valley Academy is based on a careful review of each candidate’s current academic, athletic and extracurricular record, personal recommendations, the family interview, standardized test scores and CVA’s evaluation of his or her ability to benefit from and contribute to our program.

Applicants should be able to perform in a demanding but supportive college preparatory academic program and want to compete in skiing or snowboarding or join our non-competitive program.

Carrabassett Valley Academy does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, or national or ethnic origin in admissions policies, financial aid programs, or athletic and other school-administered programs.