Ski & Snowboard Club Vail PartnershipVMS is a proud academic partner of Ski and Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV), which is recognized as one of the best snowsport training programs in the world with offerings in Alpine, Freeski, Freestyle, Nordic and Snowboard. SSCV was represented at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi by 12 currrent or alumni athletes yielding two gold medals and one silver. Our relationship means that a student at VMS can train at an elite level and receive a rigorous college-preparatory education without compromising either. As members of the VMS community, it also means that these athletes will have social, enrichment, and athletic opportunities beyond the mountain.
Academic SupportDuring the ski season, SSCV athletes work with full-time tutors, who track their progress and challenges. The tutors help students manage workload, time commitments, and stress. When needed, the tutor acts as a liaison between the student and teachers to help plan their schedule and manage any upcoming assessments. VMS may accommodate students who are competing in Europe or across the state by scheduling exams around travel, providing afternoon tutoring, or allowing students to submit work online.
Flexible Faculty membersOur faculty understands the schedules and lives of our scholar-athletes. VMS enthusiastically welcomes these individuals, and helps them keep up in class even while competing. Teachers utilize a number of strategies including recording their lessons, posting notes online, Skyping students who are traveling, accepting online submissions of projects and tests, and meeting one-on-one after school.
Summer ProgramsBoth the middle and upper schools offer classes over the summer that allow students to lighten their third quarter class load. By taking advantage of summer school, students have been allowed to complete 1-2 classes in advance of their travel-intensive competition season.
Daily Schedule & LogisticsFull-time SSCV athletes train Tuesday-Friday mornings on Vail Mountain, which is five minutes away. In addition, during Ski Fridays, SSCV athletes have the opportunity to dedicate the whole day to training or race preparation. After morning training, VMS provides transportation from the mountain to the school where students attend 4th-7th periods and then work with dedicated tutors after school. The tutoring staff is also available throughout the day to work with students during free and study hall periods. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, SSCV coaches provide dryland training from 5:00-5:45 pm at VMS in our newly revamped, state-of-the-art fitness room so that students may transition directly from tutoring to training and minimize travel time.
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