In 2011 we designed a new school model to update education for today’s world.
Powered by Constructive Adversity, we are empowering a new generation of creative problem solvers with a social conscience. And we are growing TEA’s magic in order to reach thousands of young people far beyond the shores of Lake Tahoe. Come and learn more about our vision for a new kind of education – one specifically designed to harness the power of young people in today’s new economy.

Tahoe Expedition Academy is a fully accredited PreK-12th-Grade Private School located in Martis Valley, between the north shore of Lake Tahoe and the town of Truckee, California.


The intentional construction of and engagement with adverse environments in order to build character,
promote ethical engagement, and create knowledge and skills.

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Is TEA Right For You?

Our Approach is Simple: Everyone who wants to reach their potential should apply. In order to provide the best possible learning environment, we want to enroll students and families who are the right fit for our school.

While income from tuition is a necessity for our operations, we are committed to making our unique educational program accessible to those who value the experience they will gain from TEA.

Walking the Walk


We are committed to providing the financial assistance necessary to ensure we are enrolling the best students and families. Plain and simple: If you can contribute to our community, then we want you here.

This means that regardless of your financial situation, a TEA education is completely within reach. And that includes all adventures and trips, the cost of which is included in tuition. We cannot overstate what an important difference this makes.