Okemo Mountain School
53 Main Street Ludlow, Vermont
Head of School: Mariel Meringolo
Sports: Alpine ski racing, alpine and freestyle snowboarding, freestyle skiing
Grades: 5 to 12
Category: Winter term only academy
Application Deadline: 4/1/2017
Staff/Student Ratio: 1:2
Day School Cost: $23,000 full winter term; $20,300 Target Term A/B; $14,700 Target Term C
Boarding School Cost: Varies with host family arrangements
Financial aid: Yes
Academics and Overview: At Okemo Mountain School, we facilitate each student’s individual curriculum from his or her sending school. Our goal is to ensure that our students return to their sending schools in sync with their classmates, having covered all of the same material in the same manner. Typically our students even return ahead in their coursework, and with a deeper understanding of the course content covered. To achieve this goal of seamless transitions between OMS and sending schools, all of our students’ curriculum plans are completely individualized. Furthermore, students enjoy a low faculty-to-student ratio of one to two. We facilitate a wide range of courses, including AP and college prep courses, foreign languages, and visual arts. Okemo Mountain School’s faculty is comprised of many individuals who have taught at OMS for more than more years. Our teachers enjoy working with a variety of curricula and connecting with students individually. To best meet the individual student’s needs, our teachers provide enrichment or remediation in addition to delivering sending school course content. Most faculty members hold a master’s or PhD in their field of study. Our dean of academics is Leslie Cassano, and our assistant dean of academics is Kate Foster.
Academic & Athletic Approach: Unlike many other snow sports academies, Okemo Mountain School remains entirely focused on meeting the needs of winter term participants. OMS’ student-athletes hail from a multitude of other public and private schools where they participate in additional competitive sports, such as cross country, soccer, lacrosse and football. The athletic coaches at OMS encourage and push our student-athletes to pursue their dreams of success with an emphasis on personal best. A low coach to athlete ratio allows for much individualized attention during on-hill and off-hill training sessions. Being a winter term academy allows our student-athletes to not only excel in snow sports, but remain well-rounded four season athletes.
Notable Coachs: Chris Hurka - Alpine Program Director and Head Men's U19 Coach; Bobby Jones - Head Women's U19 Coach; Mike Gallagher - Head U16 Coach; Marc Stuart - U16 Coach; Jet Robbins - Head U14 Coach; George Abraham - U14 Coach; Mike Cronin - Head U12 Coach; Luke Bonang - Freestyle Sports Program Director and Head Snowboard Coach; Mike Bruno - Head Freeskiing Coach
Training Facilities: Our student-athletes train on-snow at Okemo Mountain Resort just minutes from our school building. We have a dedicated trail, which is serviced by a triple lift, providing our student-athletes the opportunity for productive training sessions with little time spent waiting in line or riding lifts. Okemo Mountain also generously provides us with other trails whenever needed, such as for full length SG training or simply variety of terrain. The Okemo Mountain parks and pipe also offer world class training to snowboard and freeski student-athletes. Our student-athletes also utilize daily our new private fitness facility in Ludlow for dryland conditioning.