Beyond skiing, I’m on the golf team and student senate. Student Senate provides a great venue to get involved. In general here, leadership opportunities are unparalleled. And, the access we have to outdoor opportunities is pretty amazing. Even beyond the Outdoor Program, we go on outdoor adventures with our teachers and friends just for fun.
The great thing about SVSA is that we are both a school and a ski academy program. The fact that we are both means that students here are engaged in all different types of interests and activities; we’re not just skiers—we’re pursuing all types of passions and we have the opportunity to participate in really interesting offerings.
Sun Valley Community School is really open to allowing you to try new things. This year I went out for the track team, which allowed me to meet new people and try something different. And whatever the activity is, everyone is really welcoming—you don’t have to be the best; everyone is welcome.
We are a school with skiing on the side; not a ski academy with school on the side. There’s no polarization between those two parts of our school—we benefit from the best of both.
Initially, when I was touring Sun Valley Community School, the flexible scheduling and the different competition division via IMD were both really appealing. Then, as I met all the teachers, I could tell that they all really wanted to be here. Now that I’m here, I see that even more; they want to be here and to help us succeed. In a public school, sometimes, you don’t get that feeling.
The relationships between teachers and students here are really valuable. I never hesitate to ask my teachers questions, and I feel like I’m always on the same page as my teachers.