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Custom Learning Academy provides flexibility, advanced placement courses

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Custom Learning Academy provides the academic foundation for students willing to throw open the doors of opportunity.

Kindergarten through 12th-grade CLA students pursue personal enrichment experiences, excel in academic endeavors and have time to fulfill personal goals.

Reno mom Heather Salan said, “My son Maxx struggled academically in public school. CLA gave him the opportunity to master concepts, by having more time with his teachers in his small classes, support through individual tutoring and second chances on tests.”

Truckee mom Anna Koenig said her son Jude has the opportunity to learn at a year above his grade level: “CLA meets our needs not just academically, but with a strong emotional aspect too — education about the entire child is so important.”

Custom Learning Academy is a school that “revolves around your schedule, rather than you revolving around a school schedule,” said senior Billy Ballinger, who joined CLA from Woodside, Calif. “The hours in school are built around my needs so I can be on the hill ski training more often than if I were attending Woodside High School.”

His Squaw Valley Ski Team Coach Ollie Russell said, “Billy is a great athlete and has progressed very fast in the sport of ski racing considering that he had a late start in the sport.”

Ballinger plans to take a post-graduate year to continue his ski racing pursuits or attend one of his first choice colleges in which he has been accepted.

Julia Cashell is another ski racing senior who will decide whether next year takes her to Europe or to an East Coast NCAA ski racing college.

Graduated CLA student Mark Engel is racing for the University of Utah and was a past competitor on the U.S. Ski Team.

CLA educates student ski racers from lower school grades to graduating seniors who are competing on teams all over Truckee-Tahoe.

Sixth-grader Stefano Farnedi joined CLA last year from Orinda, Calif. Farnedi’s academic schedule makes room for his weekly junior flight lessons at the Tahoe-Truckee airport and skiing with the Squaw Valley Ski Team.

CLA students are not all ski athletes.

Blake Crosby is a graduating senior and has been accepted to the University of Reno, Nevada as a pre-med chemistry major and playing Division I football. Blake played football for Truckee High School. This spring he is taking two electives at THS and five core classes at CLA. According to director Lisa Crosby, M.Ed., CLA provided the advanced math and science classes Blake needed during middle school not available at other area schools in the area. This year Blake will complete advanced placement statistics after taking AP calculus last year. He has completed biology, chemistry, physics and AP environmental science.

Truckee resident Paul Cowie said, “CLA made it possible for my son to attend UCLA, his first choice college, because his math skills increased significantly. My son is doing well in college and thriving because of the academic program at CLA.”

Eleventh-grader Ewen Sanford came to CLA from Naples, Fla. last year.

“I came from a tough social and academic spot in Florida. Since my move to Truckee and attending CLA, I have made positive choices for myself, created personal relationships with my teachers, found life-long friends and now, and want to be, college bound,” said Sanford.

Custom Learning Academy has one-on-one tutoring and is also a private K-12 school located in Tahoe Donner. The physical education schedule includes access to Tahoe Donner amenities, utilizes KidZone Museum and the Truckee-Donner Recreation and Parks District Community Recreation Center.

Classes can be conducted via Skype upon request. Custom Learning has a 10-1 student-teacher ratio of world-traveled teachers with a strong set of electives.

Contact Custom Learning Academy at 530-587-5470 or www.customlearning.org for more information.


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