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Summer Program Overview and Course Catalog

Transformative High School Summer Programs (for credit) to change your mindset for good.

Program Overview

Designed and delivered by Tahoe Expedition Academy’s leadership and faculty, TEA High School Summer Program brings the school’s innovative experiential approach into the summer months and opens up access to any local high school student looking to experience a more hands-on learning environment and get high school credit.

To do this, TEA is offering fully accredited high school courses that connect traditional academic content and skills to the world beyond the classroom.

Powered by Constructive Adversity, these 6-week summer programs integrate academics, character, and adventure and push students to the limits of their intellectual, social-emotional and physical boundaries, where the learning really happens. At the end of the program, students create a final product that demonstrates their understanding and potential solutions to a real-world problem.


  • Offer transformative experiential learning opportunities for high school students that engage with solving real-world problems
  • Include travel to local, regional, national and/or international destinations so students can develop a worldview and global understanding of important and relevant issues
  • Issue one full Lab Science credit from a WASC accredited school that is UC a-g approved

2019 T.E.A. Summer Experience Course Catalog

T.E.A. 101: Where Did the Water Go?

Subject: Physical Science
Credit: 1.0 full Lab Science credit from a WASC accredited school that is UC a-g approved

Water acts as a crucial link between society and the environment. This relationship presents itself often as a problem involving “water scarcity.” As new water crises are continuing to emerge we must look to how we have dealt with water scarcity in the past to figure out what we have learned and what solutions to bring to the future. The underlying question for this expedition is: Is water a human right or is it a commodity. Assuming water is a human right and not a commodity, how do we provide equal access to water where it is increasingly scarce?

From a Physical Science perspective, students investigate the natural phenomena causing the water scarcity issues and the decrease in available clean water. They will also look at the difference between what is occurring naturally and what is being caused by humans. In order to understand how to reverse these issues, students will seek to understand how they happened in the first place.

Problem Statement:
Water, as a natural resource, is a crucial link between society and the environment. Any water scarcity issue that has existed is becoming increasingly worse, and new water crises are continuing to emerge. Assuming water is a human right and not a commodity, how do we provide equal access to water where it is increasingly scarce?

Guiding Questions:

  • Environmental – Who struggles with or from water?
  • Legislative – What is being done to legislate water equality?
  • Who owns water?
  • Is water a commodity? Or is it a basic human right?
  • How has the availability of water mitigated human movement and conflict?

Learning Targets:

  • I can defend the concept of water as either a basic human right or a commodity.
  • I can articulate the social and political consequences of reduced water availability.
  • I can explain the natural processes on Earth that contribute to the movement, storage and access to water around the world.

Program Logistics

Who: 8-16 students, 9-11th grade

What: Summer Program course engaging with experts to learn character, adventure, and academics related to physical science and the ever growing issue of water scarcity.

Cost: $2,500. TEA for FREE for those students who qualify financially.

When: June 24, 2019 – August 2, 2019 (no class week of July 1-5, 2019)

Where: Tahoe Expedition Academy @ Martis Valley Campus, Truckee, CA and Tahoe Area

Why: Earn 1 year of lab science credit while engaging in real-world problem solving and constructive adversity.

How: Students will participate during normal school day times (8:30-3:00). Any off-campus activities will be transported via car or bus. All food and meals provided by the student.

Want to learn more and/or apply for a program scholarship? Complete this inquiry form to begin.