Stratton Mountain School
7 World Cup Circle Stratton Mountain, VT 05155
Sports: Primary are alpine skiing, nordic skiing, snowboarding, freeskiing, freestyle skiing. Fall and spring sports are soccer, cross-country running, skateboarding, cycling, mountain biking, golf, lacrosse, tennis
Grades: 7 to PG
Program Length: Full-term academic and athletic program from September to June. Five-month winter-term academic and athletic program from November through March: Student-athletes in grades 7 and 8 who want to attend SMS during the winter season can be part of a winter-term program intended to introduce them to the demands and rewards of a winter sports academy. Visit https://www.gosms.org/winterterm for more information.
Application Period: We accept applications from Nov. 1 to March 15, and the Admissions Committee will review them on a rolling basis. For all applications received by March 15, Stratton Mountain School will notify applicants by April 15. The Admissions Committee will continue to review applications after the March 15th deadline on a rolling basis if space is still available.
Staff/student ratio: 1:3 staff-to-student, 1:6 coach-to-athlete
Cost: Full-term boarding, $48,000; full-term day, $35,000; winter-term boarding, $34,500; winter-term day, $24,500. For more information, visit https://www.gosms.org/tuitionandfinancialaid.
Scholarships: Financial aid may be available to student athletes who demonstrate financial need. Because the financial aid program is limited, student-athletes are encouraged to apply before March 15. For questions regarding financial aid, please visit https://www.gosms.org/tuitionandfinancialaid.
Head of School: Christopher G. Kaltsas
Academics and Overview:
The strength and rigor of the SMS academic program is reflected in the consistent acceptance of our graduates to top colleges, including Boston College, Brown University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Middlebury College and Williams College. The teaching faculty at SMS is unparalleled, with 70 percent of our teaching staff holding advanced degrees. Individually, they are world-class athletes, physicists, linguists, historians, artists, and professional writers. Stratton Mountain School offers a rich environment — one that is intellectually challenging both in and out of the classroom. During their years at SMS, our student athletes learn to demand excellence from themselves, to balance high expectations, and to maintain a rigorous schedule. Small classes emphasize the dynamic learning environment, ensuring each student athlete receives the attention he or she deserves. During the winter, the academic schedule is purposely constructed to cater to the aspiring world-class athlete without diminishing academics. In 2014-15, SMS opened the Patti Kaltsas Education, Arts & Student Center and the Air Awareness Center. The main academic building houses science labs, 12 classrooms, and a library. The new Student Center has an auditorium, common areas, art classrooms, gallery space, game rooms and student gathering spaces.
Since 1972, Stratton Mountain School (SMS) has provided an integrated academic and athletic program that supports physical, mental, and emotional growth in our student athletes. Our unique approach ensures that SMS student athletes participate in a rigorous, college-preparatory education while pursuing national and international competition. Our college placement is among the best in the country with the class of 2014 being accepted to Boston College, Brown University, Dartmouth College, Johns Hopkins University, Middlebury College and Williams College, among many others.
The SMS alpine program is a 12-month program of dryland preparation, on-snow training, and competition. During the winter season, our top-level ski racers represent SMS at international and national competitions such as World Juniors, NorAms, U.S. Nationals, U18 and U16 Nationals, Can-Am and European FIS events. In 2014, SMS had a World Juniors podium (third in super combined), two national champions, U.S. Nationals U18 first-place downhill finisher and U16 Nationals champion (dual panel slalom).
The SMS nordic program’s unprecedented national and international success has produced more than 14 nordic Olympians in the past eight Winter Olympics. The program also claims a continuous streak that extends beyond 18 straight years with at least one World Junior team member and at least one Junior National gold medalist. USSA has recognized the program three times as the USSA Club of the Year.
The SMS Snowboarding Program began in 1993 as one of the first programs of its kind in the country. In its short history, the program has earned three USSA Snowboarding Program of the Year titles and is recognized worldwide as one of the best teams in the country. SMS athletes are present in every level of competitive snowboarding and have worked their way onto podiums of the Revolution Tour, FIS Junior World Championships, the FIS World Cup, US Grand Prix, X Games, the US Open, and the Olympics.
The SMS Freestyle Program began in 2007. The small group winter-term athletes that attended SMS were hugely successful the first year, all qualifying for Junior Nationals. In 2013, the Freestyle Program grew to a full-term program with a dedicated, full-time staff, growing to 12 athletes by its second year. SMS launched a Freeskiing Program beginning in 2010 and increased its coaching staff in 2014 to accommodate this growing program.
Head Coaches: Alpine Program Director & Head Men’s Coach Mike Morin, firstname.lastname@example.org; Nordic Program Director Sverre Caldwell, email@example.com ; Snowboarding Program Director Ross Powers, firstname.lastname@example.org; Freestyle Program Director Deb Newson, email@example.com; Freeskiing Program Director Jesse Ramirez-Mallis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Coaching Staff: Womens’ Alpine, Micah Lashar, Jamie Wylie, Dylan Snell, Morgan Korpi, Tony DiGangi. Mens’ Alpine, Mike Morin, Sylvan Kaufman, Erin Mascolino, Daniel Pawlak, Martin Wilson. Alpine U14, Kazunaga Kusumi, Joseph Healey, Steve Lathrop. Snowboarding, Ross Powers, David Redden, Scott Johnston and Chad Otterstrom. Freestyle, Deb Newson, Sam Tarrant. Freeski, Jesse Mallis, Tim Massucco. Nordic, Sverre Caldwell, Matt Boobar, Chase Marston, Poppet Boswell, Pat O’Brien.
Since 1972, 42 SMS alumni have competed in the Olympics, and more than 100 athletes have achieved placement on national teams throughout the world. Olympic gold medalists: Ross Powers (halfpipe) and Kristen Luckenbill (soccer). Silver medalist: Lindsey Jacobellis (snowboardcross). Bronze medalist: Alex Deibold (snowboardcross).
Nestled at the base of 600-acre Stratton Mountain in Vermont, Stratton Mountain School has immediate accessibility to the state’s best alpine, freestyle, freeskiing, Nordic and snowboarding terrain. The campus was built in 1999, and in 2014, SMS constructed the Patti Kaltsas Education, Arts & Student Center and Air Awareness Training Center outfitted with trampolines and a skatepark. The SMS athletic facility has 1,000 square feet of lifting space, 26 spin bikes, lifting equipment, and a training room with hot/cold tubs staffed by a certified athletic trainer. SMS boasts one of the best snow sports training facilities in the nation.