TEA ADVENTURES

Introducing the Class of 2024 Senior Projects and Your Opportunity to Get Involved

A successful individual Senior Intensive is a graduation requirement, but more importantly, it is an opportunity to demonstrate your highest level of learning at TEA.

Springtime on a Farm in Cool, CA

TEA 7th Graders had a productive trip to 49er Farm last week, where they helped prep the garden for Spring planting. It was hard, messy work and the students even impressed themselves with how much they accomplished. But they also got to enjoy a beautiful sunset, and some quiet moments of reflection on this beautiful property in Cool, CA.

Alumni Spotlight: Gianna Putnam

Giana set off in fall of ‘20 for Chapman University, excited to study health sciences with a minor in Nutrition. However, her journey to her bachelor’s degree (expected June 2024) was not a straight line and she definitely exhibited TEA character traits of advocacy, perseverance and responsibility in order to pursue her passion. We recently caught up with her and are excited to share the following Q&A.

4th-Graders Combat Foul Weather With Positive Attitudes on Recent Coast Trip

A recent 4th grade trip to the coast is a great example of why we do what we do here at TEA.Students were challenged by rain, car travel and homesickness…but they still rallied, found the positivity, and had quite a bit of fun. Along the way they examined examples of erosion at Stinson Beach, spoke to a ranger about the slow and fast changes happening at Point Reyes, learned about the history of the mission system in Sonoma, and made the most out of campsite living through both sunshine and quite a bit of rain. 

2024 Junior Theater Festival Appreciations and Reflections

Tahoe Expedition Academy’s first-ever appearance at the JFT could not have gone better! Thank you to each and everyone of you who made it possible. In particular, we’d like to appreciate our very own Beth Gamboa for not only her tireless commitment to our school, but for also demonstrating the same passion for our students and their craftsmanship as she did in her recap that was recently shared with our parents! We love you Beth!

Fall 2023 Middle School Choir performance of “Africa”

A huge thank you to the Middle School Choir for spending their first semester with Miss Emily! We are so excited to see where we go from here. Keep singing & keep shining!

2nd-Grade Visit to the Nevada Humane Society in Reno

For the past several weeks our 2nd-grade crew has been learning all about our four legged friends and how we can best love and care for them through their “Humane Education” project. Their guiding question for the project is “What problems do animals in the Tahoe/Reno area face?”

The goals of this service learning unit are based around developing empathy and building knowledge around government, animal welfare and while practicing writing and presentation skills. Check out this trip report from our 2nd-Grade Crew Leader Marisa Capellan and the Half Moon Crew’s field study to nearby Reno, Nevada.

Pivot! A 5th-Grade Pacific Coast Overnight Recap

5th-Graders rolled with the changes on a recent trip to the coast. Heavy rain sidetracked a hike and illness derailed an expert meeting, but that didn’t stop the crew from enjoying an exciting few days. All in all – quite a productive learning experience despite a few hurdles. Way to pivot, Thunder Cliff Crew! Check out this trip report and photo gallery from their crew leader, DC Larrabee.

December 2023 Alumni Panel 

Our TEA Alumni Panel was held via Zoom on Tuesday, December 19th with representatives from TEA’s 2019 and 2023 graduating classes. Alumni graciously agreed to answer parent and student questions on a wide range of topics including how their experience/s at TEA have impacted their success in college and work.

Winter Celebration of the Arts 2023

Congratulations to all of this year’s performers! We appreciate all of the craftsmanship that went into each and every performance. A very special thank you to our music teacher, Emily Tessmer, for everything she does! And thank you to TEA Parent extraordinaire, Dave Zimmerman, for all of the production work and time spent with our after school Rock Bands! Enjoy the recordings!

Alumni Spotlight: Mitchell Martin

Mitchell Martin graduated from TEA in 2017 with just 5 other students, all of whom were true pioneers. They were our first! Our first high school students, our first students on the Martis Campus, our first students to get into college after embarking on our “non-traditional” path, and our first ALUMNI.