Tahoe Expedition Academy

  • TEA stretches the imagination by teaching outside the walls of a traditional classroom.
  • Students are not confined to a desk or a standard.
  • Instead, they engage in real-world experiences designed to push them to the boundaries of their intellectual, social and personal comfort zones, where the learning really happens.
  • TEA students spend 30-40 days a year in the field interacting with real-world experts and professional organizations.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded2011

Student Body

Total Students303 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Tahoe Expedition Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers35 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Prepared for outdoors at all times)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$20,000
Tuition NotesSpecific tuition rates vary by grade.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$13,000
Admissions DirectorMichael Kinnaman
Admissions AssociateSharie Lewis


Total Sports Offered17 sports
SportsAlpine Skiing, Archery, Basketball, Cross Country, Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Nordic Skiing, Rock Climbing, Sailing, Snowboarding, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballAlpine SkiingArchery,
BasketballCross Country,
Freestyle SkiingGolf,
LacrosseMountain Biking,
MountaineeringNordic Skiing,
Rock ClimbingSailing,
Track and FieldUltimate Frisbee,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.5 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Blacksmithing, Reading club, Robotics Club, Spanish Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:

School Notes

  • Constructive Adversity: TEA`s educational program is centered on this innovative learning theory, designed by TEA`s Co-Founder. We define Constructive Adversity as the intentional construction of and engagement with adverse environments in order to build character, promote ethical engagement and create lasting knowledge and skills. In simpler terms, Constructive Adversity means using intellectual, social and physical challenges to help students engage, grow and thrive. Learn how to excel in dynamic and challenging environments by training in a controlled risk environment. Deepen learning through real-world experience, authenticity, and active learning. Create engaging, authentic and meaningful learning experiences that give purpose, relevance, and meaning to every child`s education.
  • Academic Excellence: First and foremost, TEA is an academic institution that prides itself on providing the core content and skills students need to thrive in school and beyond. Through our academic programs students can expect to:
    • Develop core content and skills for college, career and life readiness.
    • Engage actively in real-world learning by working with industry experts, conducting fieldwork and creating authentic products.
    • Work with incredible TEAchers who view the world as a classroom.
  • Character Building: Building character is not an add-on at TEA, but rather it is embedded into the Crew`s daily routines, integrated into the academic program and cultivated through direct practice, intention and real-world adventures. Through our character building programs our students will:
    • Give back and advocate through service learning and doing good for others.
    • Strengthen critical social-emotional learning character traits.
    • Be known well and participate in the CommuniTEA and beyond.
  • Real World Adventure: This is where the magic happens and the deep, lasting memories are created. Wouldn`t you want to go to a school where Real World Adventure is valued as much as academics? Through our adventure programs our students will:
    • Experience learning firsthand through hands-on exploration.
    • Build physical strength, stamina, and ability through active learning.
    • Receive consistent exposure to numerous cultures, industry experts and facets of nature
  • Make a Positive +Impact: This is why we do what we do to give young people the know-how, skills, and opportunities to improve their own lives and positively impact the world around them. We do this work now when students are in their formative years and they are shaping who they are as human beings. We do not prepare students for the future. We prepare them for today

TEA focuses on the cultivation of eight essential character-based values enabled and strengthened by incredible teachers and role models, Constructive Adversity and real experiences.
  • Performance Character Values & Habits of Scholarship
    • Collaboration: learning how to work together in a variety of environments
    • Craftsmanship: attending to the quality of work in the things we createPerseverance: having resilience in the face of adversity
    • Responsibility: taking accountability and ownership for one`s actions and interactions
  • Relational Character Values
    • Empathy: showing the ability to understand and share the feelings of another
    • Stewardship: taking action and care of the environment
    • Advocacy: showing public support for people, causes, and initiatives
    • Gratitude: giving appreciation for one another, ourselves and our environment

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