Lake Tahoe Preparatory School

Lake Tahoe Preparatory School Photo #1 - Lake Tahoe Prep is a coeducational boarding school for students in grades 9-12 located in Olympic Valley, California. With a student body of 70 and student to teacher ratio of 7:1, we lead a program built upon personalized attention. Our students benefit from our robust curriculum approved by the University of California.
Lake Tahoe Preparatory School Photo #2 - Students may ski or snowboard daily during the winter months. Lake Tahoe Prep is located 1 mile from Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Ski Resort.
Lake Tahoe Preparatory School Photo #3 - The LTP Courtyard separates the dormitories and gives students a quiet place to converse. Students reside in one of three dormitories on campus. The new dormitory uses south-facing solar panels to take full advantage of the average 300 days of sunshine to reduce our environmental footprint.
Lake Tahoe Preparatory School Photo #4 - Lake Tahoe is a premier world-renown resort destination year-round. The blue skies, clear water, dense forests, and deep snow make it a haven for for everyone - from outdoor enthusiasts to authors and explorers.
Lake Tahoe Preparatory School Photo #5 - Our small class sizes, averaging 7 students, allow teachers to provide increased individual instruction.
Lake Tahoe Preparatory School Photo #6 - Students may take full advantage of the LTP Art Studio. The Art Studio offers resources for drawing/sketching, painting, photography, and ceramics.
Lake Tahoe Preparatory School Photo #7 - Many students enjoy recording music in the recording studio.
Lake Tahoe Preparatory School Photo #8 - Students reside in adult-supervised dormitories. Due to Covid 19 the students are living in private rooms. Rooms are furnished with beds, dressers/clothing storage, desks & chairs, in-room dormitory refrigerators, and individual combination in-room safes for students to store their valuables. Most dorm rooms include en-suite bathrooms.
Lake Tahoe Preparatory School Photo #9 - LTP serves house-made meals. A fresh salad bar is available each day, and there are ample, year-round fresh fruits and snacks between meals. We also offer vegetarian options and can accommodate some special dietary needs.
Lake Tahoe Preparatory School Photo #10 - Students enjoy daily outdoor afternoon activities.
  • At Lake Tahoe Preparatory School, we believe all our students deserve a robust education designed to meet them where they are in their academic journey, and those journeys are very different depending on the student.Our unique program fosters the success of each and every student.
  • Our low student to faculty ratio of 7:1 inspires a superior academic program built on individualized learning and meaningful relationships.
  • Our students benefit from taking part in the best outdoor sports Lake Tahoe offers, including big mountain skiing, and our wellness model prioritizes the physical, emotional, and social health of our students.
  • Lake Tahoe Preparatory School provides a nurturing environment for each student to develop competency and confidence along their academic and social journeys.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
National Independent Private Schools Association
Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedMild Learning Differences
Year Founded1978
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost$4,000
Summer Program Cost NotesTuition for each 3-week session
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students70 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade Lake Tahoe Preparatory School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers10 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size7 students
Number of AP Courses15 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesBiology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, English Language & Composition, English Literature & Composition, Physics B, Psychology, Spanish, U.S. Government & Politics, U.S. History, World History
Average SAT score1350
Average ACT score25
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$55,000
Tuition NotesTuition shown for: Nine-month Boarding StudentFor more information on tuition, please visit
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorAdrienne Forbes


Total Sports Offered19 sports
SportsAlpine Skiing, Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Cycling, Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, Rock Climbing, Snowboarding, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, WeightliftingAlpine SkiingBadminton,
Cross CountryCycling,
Freestyle SkiingGolf,
KayakingMountain Biking,
Nordic SkiingRock Climbing,
Ultimate FrisbeeVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.26 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Chess Club, Community Service Projects, National Honor Society, Student Newspaper, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Ceramics Club, Music Lessons

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding, Backpacking Club, Badminton Club, Basketball Team, Bouldering, Camping, DISC GOLF, Hiking, Indoor Rock Climbing, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, River Rafting, Swimming, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Yoga

School Notes

  • Lake Tahoe Preparatory School meets students where they are in their academic journey. We champion lifelong intellectual curiosity, physical fitness, and personal resilience. We achieve 100 percent university acceptance, and our students graduate ready to learn, ready to launch, ready to lead.
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