Burke Mountain Academy
East Burke, Vermont
Head of School: Willy Booker, ’96
Sports: Alpine and nordic ski racing
Grades: 8 through PG, 8th grade is Winter Term only
Category: Full year traditional ski academy
Application Period: 3/15/2018
Staff/Student Ratio: 1:3. We have 64 students 9 of them are winter term students.
Day School Cost: $42, 414
Boarding School Cost: $55,134
Financial aid: Yes
Academic Approach: BMA’s academic program is college-preparatory in nature, but our objectives encompass a large vision and a broader horizon, stretching beyond the traditional classroom and into one’s fuller, later life. All members of the community strive to instill and support the confidence to take intellectual risks, to value hard work, and to be driven to pursue individual intellectual growth. Since its founding, BMA has always provided in-depth narrative evaluations in lieu of grades to mark the completion of courses in our curriculum. Indeed, we believe that the primary motivation for academic work must come from within our students. Working toward some arbitrary measure of performance can undermine a central community value of BMA: learning for learning’s sake.
Athletic Approach: At BMA we value determination, leadership, community, and tradition. We pride ourselves on being a community of leaders in both the athletic arena and in academic life. Burkies are united as a community of unique and talented individuals who together create a common personality with hard work at the center of everything we do. The focus is consistent across our program on the effort and the process. BMA's athletic program is structured around the High-Performance Model, embracing all the nodes of performance to immerse our students in an elite athletic lifestyle: this means consistently working to improve our on-snow venue, mental training, nutrition, and equipment; implementing current research into youth athletic development, physical conditioning and sport science and delivering a comprehensive year-round program.
Notable Coaches: Bradley Wall ’97 Athletic Director; Kyle Darling Head Women’s FIS coach; JP Daigneault Head Men’s FIS coach; Sam Damon Head U16 Women’s Coach; Jeff Sirjane Head U16 Men’s Coach; Christine Booker Head U14 Coach.
Notable Alumni: Mikaela Shiffrin ‘13, Nolan Kasper ’07, Liz Stephen ‘05 (Nordic), Ida Sargent ‘06 (Nordic), Tommy Biesemeyer ‘08, Nina O’Brien ’14, Ronnie Berlack ’12, Erik Schlopy ‘90, Jesse Hunt ‘83, Chip Knight ‘93, Diann Roffe ‘85, Julie Parisien Nuce ‘89, Bryna McCarty ‘02 Thomas Grandi ‘90, Eric Villiard ‘89
Training Facilities: Burke Mountain Academy is on the side of Burke Mountain, and our students can walk to the base of our training hill. Over the last year, BMA and the ski area have partnered to invest $2M in enhancing what has already been widely regarded as one of the best training venues in the USA. Enhancements include a new high-speed T-bar, top of the line snowmaking upgrades and site work to excavate and widen our primary training venue. In addition, BMA’s agreement with Burke Mountain is one of our greatest strengths and a prime differentiator. BMA has unfettered access to training through the entire winter on a variety of trails, including but not limited to Warren’s Way, site of 2017 Women’s tech Nor-Ams, and Dippers, where we’ll be hosting men’s Eastern FIS Super G and GS series in March of 2018. Off snow, our athletes train in the Ronnie Berlack Center, the first of the US Ski Team’s designated High Performance Centers. The RBC is a 14,000 sq’ center for conditioning, sport science, research, athletic training and, most importantly: fun and games! We’re also proud to announce a recent upgrade to our equipment facilities in the form of reinvestment in the Glover Tech Center, home to a Montana Saphir automated stone grinder and full-time technician and equipment manager.
Burke Mountain Academy Mission Statement: Burke Mountain Academy Mission Statement: Burke Mountain Academy provides passionate ski racers the opportunity to pursue their limitless academic and athletic potential in a community based on trust. We embrace an ethos in which hard work is held in the highest esteem, and believe risking failure and learning from success are exceptional preparation for life beyond Burke.