TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Tahoe Expedition Academy is launching a new educational opportunity for students — a high school program. The program will start with a ninth grade class for the 2013-2014 school year. Each subsequent year, the school will add another grade level to eventually provide a ninth through 12th-grade curriculum. Professors from top universities around the country will teach the program.
Tahoe Expedition Academy, a private school headquartered in Kings Beach, California in North Lake Tahoe, currently offers pre-kindergarten classes, as well as elementary and middle school academic programs (kindergarten through eighth grade).
“What differentiates Tahoe Expedition Academy is our ability to utilize our unique setting as a base camp to create an experiential environment,” said DC Larrabee, co-head of Tahoe Expedition Academy and the director of science and adventure. “Essentially we make the outdoors a critical component of our learning environment.”
Tahoe Expedition Academy recently garnered attention for its collaboration with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association and the Incline Village and Crystal Bay Historical Society. Tahoe Expedition Academy students presented a two-year project at National Winter Trails Day (Jan. 12, 2013) that gave community members and visitors an opportunity to participate in “Hands on History” experiences that enriched their understanding and appreciation of Lake Tahoe’s past. As part of the project, students put together two “Time Machine” vaults at Spooner Lake and just above Tahoe Meadows off the Mt. Rose Highway. One vault focused on the story of the Washoe people and the other captured the pre-20th century Tahoe timber industry.
According to Taylor Simmers, co-head of Tahoe Expedition Academy, the “Hands on History” project is indicative of the school’s philosophy — learning by doing.
“Our educational model uses authentic experiences to learn about history, rather than just gleaning the information from a textbook. In the ‘Hands on History’ project, students had the opportunity to speak with professional archeologists and elders from the Washoe tribe in addition to visiting sacred sites, attempting to recreate a reed canoe and working on making projectile points with traditional primitive tools.”
For its new high school program, Tahoe Expedition Academy has identified three areas of focus: High-level academics and inspiring art programs; adventure, athletics and nutrition; and character, citizenship and service.
Since the school’s founding, Tahoe Expedition Academy has aspired to maintain a community of equity and excellence by admitting students of diverse cultural backgrounds, economics, perspectives and talents. The school currently offers financial aid, awarding scholarships to students based on demonstrated financial need and exemplifying strong academic merit. In fact, there are a number of partial and full-ride scholarships available now for the high school program.
For more information about Tahoe Expedition Academy, including details about the school’s mission, vision and core values; community and school culture; the admission process and tuition; academic programs, as well as its athletics and clubs; click to the school’s official website at www.TahoeExpeditionAcademy.org.