After 20 years as a private, tuition-based secondary school for dedicated winter athletes, The Winter Sports School became a Utah State Charter School in 2014 -- the first public educational opportunity of its kind in the history of the United States.
The Winter Sports School runs its classes from April through November each year, leaving our students completely free to pursue their athletic ambitions to their fullest potential each winter, with no compromises between their athletics and academics. No other school provides such an opportunity.
We do not have in-house athletic teams. Thoughout the year, our students are free to train and compete with whichever coaches, support staff, and team members provide the best individual fit. No other school provides the same level of flexibility.
When it comes to academics, our results are superb. Recent graduates have gained acceptance at such institutions as Dartmouth, Brown, Stanford, Williams, Middlebury, Wesleyan, Hamilton, Babson, Johns Hopkins, Colby, Bates, NYU, University of Southern California, Cal Poly... and the list goes on. Furthermore, feedback from those institutions confirms that our graduates arrive very well prepared for their college studies.
Athletically, our results are unparalleled. Our alumni base of about 350 graduates has collectively won over 170 World Cup podiums, 73 World Cup Titles, 10 Overall World Cup Titles, 25 World Championship Medals, 12 Olympic Medals, and 4 Winter X-Games Medals. Some of their names may be familiar to you: Steve Holcomb '97, Julia Mancuso '00, Ted Ligety '02, Andrew Weibrecht '03, Bryan Fletcher '04, Joss Christensen '09, Alex Schlopy '09, Vincent Gagnier '10, Sarah Hendrickson '12, and more. During the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, 10 of the United States athletes were WSS alumni, and they won 6 medals between them. No other secondary school in the nation comes close.
And now, we've taken our program public. In April of 2014 we opened our doors for the first time as a State Charter School, tuition-free for all Utah State residents. Our program is now available to all local, dedicated student athletes regardless of financial considerations.
But we need your help. This change has almost tripled our enrollment, yet we still have a lengthy waiting list and are unable to fully satisfy demand for our program. We are now on a mission to raise funds so we can grow our physical plant and increase our capacity to accommodate additional students. Please support all deserving students wishing to attend our program, and please accept our deepest thanks in advance.
The Winter Sports School in Park City