Academic Philosophy


Sugar Bowl Academy’s Learning Process Is:


  • Teachers push students to make connections between all subject matter, to the real world and society at large, and to the environment in which we live and learn.
  • With a one-to-one iPad program, students and teachers use technology as a resource for learning and communication whether on campus or on the road.
  • Small class sizes and a close-knit community enable SBA students to connect with teachers outside of the classroom on a multitude of levels. SBA teachers are highly accessible and have numerous opportunities to engage with students in the hallways, at lunch or while riding the chairlift.


  • In heterogeneous classrooms, teachers differentiate instruction and assignments to challenge and support individual student-athletes who quickly come to learn that any environment can be used for academic growth.
  • Students engage in self-driven, challenging, creative projects as they explore questions that go beyond standard texts and compartmentalized subject matter.


  • Students and staff are solution-oriented, constantly applying their diverse backgrounds to the unique challenges of ski academies, embracing progressive ideas and proven best practices and adapting to the ever-changing needs of our student-athletes.
  • Students and teachers take advantage of our unique high alpine environment, extending the classroom outside to the mountains, streams and meadows that lie just beyond our doors.
  • Teachers seize opportunities to enhance learning, building upon student interest or teachable moments.
The Sugar Bowl Academy Classroom:
  • Emphasizes both depth and breadth of content, making learning meaningful for all students.

  • Stresses critical, creative thinking, encouraging students to be resourceful, problem solvers.

  • Challenges and supports students, pushing them beyond what they think they can achieve.

  • Relies on active student participation.

I don’t know what you did to our son, but we are amazed! The kid we sent you in October would NEVER have gone to a teacher to ask to take a harder course.
— SBA Parent