TEA Adventures

Bears Ears Expedition – Conflicts of Interest

A group of our high school students traveled to southern Utah in an effort to better understand the controversy surrounding the Bears Ears National Monument. The students met with various stakeholder groups representing tourism, uranium mining, and Native American activism.

Let Food Be Thy Medicine

In the spring of 2019, a group of our High School students traveled to Hana, HI to learn about our current food situation and how it affects us all. They learned how to navigate and care for themselves through proper food and diet choices, as well as how to meal plan and budget their dietary choices.

The Inaugural TEA Sliced Cooking Challenge

What do you get when you combine an impromptu home economics cooking lesson with a week-long film study to Hollywood? You get the Inaugural TEA Sliced Cooking Challenge.

2019 Commencement Ceremony Full Video

The Tahoe Expedition Academy Class of 2019 was our third-ever graduating class. In this hour-long ceremony, you will hear from each of the graduates (who share some amazing anecdotes from their time at our school), TEA’s Athletic Director Eric Martin (who shares some indispensable “real world” advice for our grades), TEA’s Co-Founder Taylor Simmers, and our Middle School / High School Program Director Mara Jenkins.

Gun Control vs. Gun Rights: The Great Debate

The debate on gun control vs. gun rights is escalating to unprecedented levels in America. A spate of recent mass shootings in the United States has ignited an emotional response to the issue of gun rights, usage, and control in virtually all Americans. Through this intensive, students had the opportunity to examine this extremely controversial issue through multiple lenses.

TEA Earth Warriors Win 4th-Place in the Annual Shane McConkey Foundation Eco Challenge

TEA’s Environmental Club, the Earth Warriors, were recently awarded 4th-place in the annual Shane McConkey Foundation Eco-Challenge. The purpose of the contest is to create a more environmentally friendly community through student-driven work.

TEA Middle School Students Receive Three Honorable Mentions in the NPR Student Podcast Challenge

TEA Middle School Students recently created a series of podcasts for the NPR Student Podcast Challenge. Needless to say, we could not be any more proud of Beth and her students! Check out this post to listen to the podcasts that received honorable mention.

From the Backcountry to Basecamp: How Fieldwork Strengthens Relationships By Carolyn Highland

Written by our very own 4th-Grade Crew Leader Carolyn Highland, this story shares a teacher’s perspective of how spending time together in the wilderness helps students thrive in traditional academic classroom settings.

Join TEA Student Sadie Tucker for One of Her CD Release Parties

Last year at her 8th-grade Passage, Sadie shared that she had decided to record an album of original songs that she had written over the course of her time at TEA. Over the summer/fall, she spent a great deal of time in the recording studio with Emily Tessmer, laying down all the tracks. It was a labor of love for sure that took about six months of diligent work.

Class of 2019 College Acceptances

We would like to congratulate the Class of 2019 on all of their achievements! College acceptances for our third class of graduates from TEA are in, and we are very proud to share those results. 100% of our graduates continuing on to college were accepted to 4-year colleges and universities with a scholarship total over $173,000.

Middle School Students Study the Balance of Power in Santa Cruz and Monterrey

Led by TEA Middle School Teacher Beth Vallarino, our students visited Monterrey and Santa Cruz to experience the impacts of plastics on our environment, the causes and impacts of homelessness, and the benefits and drawbacks of a vegan/vegetarian diet.