School board in South Lake Tahoe approves Mountain Sports Academy

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Starting in the fall, Lake Tahoe Unified School District will offer a new, sportier program to students who are just as interested in hitting the slopes as they are in their education.
The school board approved the creation of the South Lake Tahoe Mountain Sports Academy at their Tuesday meeting. The new school will balance on-hill or on-ice training with normal high school courses and events.
The new academy will aim to develop students’ abilities in skiing, snowboarding or ice hockey as well as provide them with an education that’s scheduled around their training. 
The academy is a partnership between Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort, Tahoe Sports Entertainment, which runs the ice rink, and the school district. During the winter season, daily transportation to the mountain or to the ice rink would be provided. Academy students would take courses in classrooms near the facilities as well as at South Tahoe High School. All transportation and other costs of attending competitions would be the responsibility of the student.The South Lake Tahoe Mountain Sports Academy is geared toward middle-class families who can’t afford a typical academy price tag of $100,000 or more. Sierra and the school district will be recruiting students from the high school’s existing ski team, the Sierra development and Rippers teams, the United States Amateur Snowboard Association roster, and other high schools in El Dorado County, Sacramento and the Bay Area.
The new academy will only be a day program. The district will not be responsible for housing the students. The primary benefit to the school district is the increased enrollment that an academy schedule would bring.
The main costs revolve around the coaching academy students would receive, rather than the education component. Costs for the coaching program and use of facilities is estimated between $10,000 and $15,000 depending on whether the student chooses skiing, snowboarding or ice hockey.

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