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Tahoe Expedition Academy School
Tahoe Expedition Academy School
Tahoe Expedition Academy School
Tahoe Expedition Academy School
Tahoe Expedition Academy School
Tahoe Expedition Academy School

Why TEA?

Using experiential learning as a framework for our approach, we teach core and enrichment subjects in a hands-on environment. In addition to gaining knowledge and skill in science, math, social science, art, music and Spanish, daily emphasis is directed toward literacy development, study habits and academic skills. Moreover, we promote character development, engage our students in adventure and participate in field studies that extend content and skills beyond the classroom walls and into natural environment and the community. To continue the active learning outside of the school day, the school offers a host of extracurricular, athletic and summer activities, which also take advantage of the splendor of the Lake Tahoe Basin and the area’s vast natural resources.

At Tahoe Expedition Academy, we believe students are born to learn. To help each student realize their potential, our teachers design authentic, engaging and meaningful learning experiences. These project-based, place-based, interdisciplinary academic lessons follow an 'inch-wide, mile deep' approach. They allow our students to understand subjects from multiple perspectives and lead them to various types of media, primary sources and local experts. Students complete case studies on important local issues, volunteer for service and contribute time and energy to our community and create products with real-world relevance, applicability and publicity. In the end, our primary goals are to ensure our students achieve their personal summits, value the learning process and enjoy coming to school each day.

How To Apply (PreK - High School)

Greetings Students and Families,

We are excited that you are interested in applying to our school. The steps below will guide you through the Admissions process. By completing this process, we can learn more about one another to see, in simplest terms, if we are a good fit. If you have any questions about the process, guidelines or information contained here within, please


How to Apply (All School)
  1. Submit an
  2. to schedule a Campus Visit and Tour.
  3. Schedule a Shadow Day. Submit a and
  4. Submit a completed
  5. Schedule and conduct a Home Visit.
  6. Apply for
Contact Admissions
1. Submit an Inquiry Form
Complete an Inquiry Form to tell us about yourself and to let us know that you are interested in learning more about our school. You can find the form online, or we can send one to you. When we hear from you, we can enroll you in our Admissions process and set up a Campus Visit and Tour as a next step.

2. Schedule a Campus Visit & Tour
We encourage each family and child to visit our school facility and speak with one of our staff members and administrators during a tour. This opportunity provides the family and child to acquire a first impression of our school and see our students in action. Tours and visits are scheduled after an initial Inquiry has been submitted or an application has been submitted.

3. Submit an Application and Application Fee
The application must be submitted after a Shadow Day has been conducted. Applicants in High School are required to submit their personal statement before the On-Campus Interview.

A non-refundable $90 application fee is required for each application. However, if paying the application fee causes financial strain, then you may be eligible for a fee waiver. Contact us at if you would like to apply for a fee waiver or if you have any questions about the application process.

4. Shadow Day (Required for students entering PreK-8th Grades; Recommended for High School)
The Shadow Day allows the child, family and school to determine whether or not there exists a good fit. By participating in a full day of classes, the child meets current students, teachers and administrators and gains a clear sense of the day in the life of a student at Tahoe Expedition Academy. A Shadow Day is required for all students entering PreK-8th Grades, can involve more than one school day, and it is available and recommended for High School students. A Shadow Day can only be completed after a tour has been given, and the Medical and Emergency Information form and Waiver have been turned in.

5. Interview (High School only)
An interview is a required part of the Tahoe Expedition Academy application process for students entering High School, if a Shadow Day has not been conducted. It consists of a one on one, 30-minute conversation on campus between the applicant and an admissions team or faculty member. If necessary, this interview can be conducted online.

6. Apply for Financial Aid
Financial aid is available for students entering K to 12th Grade. Award is based on financial need. Applicants can be awarded up to 50% of tuition. We work with School & Student Services by NAIS to process financial aid applications. If interested, you can complete an application at for a nominal fee of $45.

After the completion of the Admissions Application and Scholarship Application, the Committee will make a determination of aid based on the recommendation from SSS, as well as funding availability and other internal metrics.

8. Home Visit
The Head of School or Admissions Director conducts a home visit at the family's residence as the final piece of the admissions process. When possible, High School students will also have a home visit. This opportunity provides parents and students to ask any lingering questions about Tahoe Expedition Academy, and it provides the school with insight into the family and child's world. Typically, these visits occur in the evenings during the year.

Contact Admissions

How To Apply (High School)

Greetings Students and Families,

We are excited that you are interested in applying to Tahoe Expedition Academy. The steps below will guide you through our Admissions process. By completing these steps, we can learn more about one another to make an educated decision about your child’s potential matriculation in our school. We look forward to beginning this process together and toward developing a solid relationship built upon mutual trust, thirst for adventure and zeal for knowledge.

Sincerely,

DC Larrabee and Taylor Simmers, Co-Heads of School

Lake Tahoe school, Expedition Academy

Key Dates

PreK - 11th Grade Applications due by:
  • Early Action: 12/19/14
  • Regular Decision: 2/13/15
  • Rolling admissions continues after 2/13/15
  • Re-Enrollment Agreements sent out 2/23/15; due 3/6/15
PreK - 11th Grade Acceptances mailed by:
  • Early Action: 1/16/15
  • Regular Decision: 3/20/15
  • Rolling admissions acceptances continue after 3/20/15

Do you have an inquiry?

Contact Information

Courtenay Wallpe
Direct line: (530) 546-5253
Mailing Address

Office of Admissions
Tahoe Expedition Academy
8651 Speckled Ave.
PO Box 1272
Kings Beach, CA 96143

Steps to Apply

How to Apply (All School)

    Step 1: Submit an Inquiry Form
    Step 2: Schedule a Campus Visit and Tour
    Step 3: Submit a completed Application
    Step 4: Schedule a Shadow Day
    Step 5: Apply for Scholarship and/or Financial Aid (if applicable)
    Step 6: Schedule a Home Visit (PreK-8th Grade)
    Step 7: Application for admission is granted or declined


How to Apply (High School – 9th Grade for the SY2013-2014)

    Step 1: Submit an Inquiry Form
    Step 2: Schedule a Campus Visit and Tour
    Step 3: Submit a completed Application
    Step 4: Register for and take the SSAT
    Step 5: Apply for Scholarship and/or Financial Aid
    Step 6: Schedule an on-campus Interview
    Step 7: Application for admission is granted or declined


Submit an Inquiry Form
If you are interested in learning more about our school and the admissions process, contact DC Larrabee @ . When we hear from you, we will send you an online Inquiry Form and contact you to set up a Campus Visit and Tour as a next step. Or you can find our Inquiry Form on our website, which, when submitted, will go to our Admissions TEAm.

Schedule a Campus Visit & Tour
We encourage each family and child to visit our school facility and speak with one of our staff members and administrators during a tour. Campus Visits and Tours can be scheduled throughout the school year, after an Inquiry Form has been submitted. This opportunity provides the family and child to acquire a first impression of our school and see our students in action. If a campus tour is not possible, we can conduct a Skype interview and informational session.

Submit an Application
Parts I and II of the application must be submitted before a Shadow Day may be conducted. However, we realize that the Parent and Student Statements in Part II of the application may take additional time, so those responses can be submitted at a later date. Part III of the application needs to be received before admittance can be awarded.

Application Sections
  • Part I: Inquiry Form
  • Part II: Written Responses, Medical and Emergency Contact Information & Waiver and Health Inventory / Permission to Treat
  • Part III: References and School Records
Application Fee: A non-refundable fee of $90 is required for each application before a Shadow Day can be conducted. However, if paying the application causes financial strain, then you may be eligible for a fee waiver. Contact us @ (530) 546-LAKE (5253) or if you would like to apply for a fee waiver.

Register for and take the SSAT
Applicants entering high school are expected to register to take the SSAT some time between December 2012 and March 2013. Tests are given locally at North Tahoe High School on a monthly basis. You can sign up @ www.ssat.org. Please ensure you report your scores to Tahoe Expedition Academy. Our 4-digit member code is #7601. The SSAT scores must be received before admission can be granted.

Shadow Day
The Shadow Day allows the child, family and school to determine whether or not there exists a good fit. By participating in a full day of classes, the child meets current students, teachers and administrators, provides us with assessment information and gains a clear sense of the day in the life of a student at Tahoe Expedition Academy. (Required for all students entering PreK—8th Grades).

Apply for Scholarship and/or Financial Aid
Through the Parasol Foundation in Incline Village, NV, scholarships and financial aid are given on a first come, first serve basis for families who qualify. Interested families can contact the school or the Parasol Foundation directly for more information about the options available.

Home Visit
A home visit by the Co-Heads of School at the family’s residence serves as the final piece of the admissions process for students entering PreK—5th Grades). This opportunity provides parents and children to ask any lingering questions about Tahoe Expedition Academy, and it provides the school with insight into the family and the child’s world. Typically, these visits occur in the evenings. (Required for all students entering PreK—5th Grades).

Interview
An on-campus interview acts as the final step in the process for students entering 6—9th Grades for SY2013-2014. The interview consists of a one on one, 30-minute conversation on campus between the applicant and an admissions team or faculty member. (Required for all students entering 6—9th Grade).

Affording TEA

Tuition

Please contact TEA's Office of Admissions for detailed tuition and financial aid information.
Payment Plans

TEA offers three payment plans:
Option 1: Payment in full due August 1st.
Option 2: Split payment; 1st half due August 1st & 2nd half due December 1st.
Option 3: Payment in 10 monthly installments (Aug 1st – May 1st). A 3% participation fee will be applied.
Financial Assistance

Financial aid is available for students entering K to 12th Grade. Award is based on financial need. Applicants can be awarded up to 50% of tuition. We work with School & Student Services by NAIS to process financial aid applications. If interested, you can complete an application at for a nominal fee of $45.

After the completion of the Admissions Application and Scholarship Application, the Committee will make a determination of aid based on the recommendation from SSS, as well as funding availability and other internal metrics.

Admissions F.A.Q's

How does our Admissions TEAm determine admittance?
We evaluate each candidate based our three primary facets: academics, character and adventure. Our multi-faceted admissions process allows us to interact with the student in a variety of settings and provides us with substantial information about these areas. Further, we admit students from families who demonstrate a commitment in our educational approach and support our school’s Vision and Mission.
What does Tahoe Expedition Academy look for in a student?
We are looking for adventuresome, courageous and community-minded students of demonstrated motivation, ability and character who will contribute to Tahoe Expedition Academy beyond the classroom and into the field, where they will meet with experts and take their learning to another level. We are a school where teachers believe in the potential of every student; together we work to build and sustain a community of learners who demonstrate respect for oneself, others and the natural environment.
What is Early Action and how does it work?
Early Action is the first Round of our Admissions Process and allows families / students to apply to Tahoe Expedition Academy early in the school year, if they have thoroughly researched their options and decided that our school is the first choice. The number of Early Action acceptances depends on availability in the designated class. Early Action is open to all students entering PreK-3. Applicants are required to have all of their admissions materials submitted and to complete the entire Admissions process, including the Home Visit and Interview, in order to be considered for admission during the Early Action round.
Due Dates for New Student Applications:
* Note: The number of spots available for Early Action depends on availability in the designated class.

PreK - 11th Grade Applications due by:
  • Early Action: 12/19/14
  • Regular Decision: 2/13/15
  • Rolling admissions continues after 2/13/15
  • Re-Enrollment Agreements sent out 2/23/15; due 3/6/15
PreK - 11th Grade Acceptances mailed by:
  • Early Action: 1/16/15
  • Regular Decision: 3/20/15
  • Rolling admissions acceptances continue after 3/20/15
How many students will be admitted?
With low student to teacher class sizes, we choose our acceptances carefully. The number of students admitted depends on the quality of the applicants and the availability in existing classes.
If accepted, do I need to pay a deposit?
The application fee of $90 covers costs associated with the admissions process, except the SSAT test for incoming high school students. When a family accepts an offer of admission, they are asked to provide a deposit equal to 15% of tuition.
Are siblings and legacies given priority in the admissions process?
While we value our longstanding relationships with sibling and current / past families, we cannot guarantee admission to students based on a prior association with Tahoe Expedition Academy. Sibling and legacy candidates must undergo the same admission process as all other applicants and will be admitted based on merit.
Will there be a New Family Orientation?
In addition to our all school camping trip and class parties near the beginning of school in August, we hold a New Family Orientation, when families and students can ask questions, meet families and teachers and see classrooms.

8651 Speckled Ave. Box 1272, Kings Beach, CA 96143 Main:530-546-LAKE

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