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A Message from the Head of School

Carrabassett Valley: from here on, your life will never be the same.
This iconic message rings true for visitors and residents alike, life in Carrabassett Valley is like no other. Sugarloaf Mountain and the rugged surrounding terrain have shaped a close-knit community between the town, the resort, and Carrabassett Valley Academy.
Carrabassett Valley Academy is located at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain, Maine's largest ski resort. CVA student-athletes have direct access to world-class training venues and a longer at-home training season. CVA has a unique location along the 45th parallel and is the northernmost ski and snowboard academy in the East. Our colder temperatures allow for extended snowmaking to start on-snow training at home earlier and the ability to keep our snow later into Spring.
The CVA experience cannot be found anywhere else. A balanced schedule between academics and athletics, individually tailored and supported, allows our students to focus equally on the pursuit of their athletic and academic dreams.
Character development is the responsibility of every member of the CVA Community. In classrooms or on the hill, students are instilled with values of kindness, respect, commitment, and gratitude. Carrabassett Valley Academy’s individual student-centered approach and optimum balance between athletics, academics, and responsible community living, guides our students to reach their full potential both on and off the mountain.
My family and I have been living, learning, and celebrating the successes of our students for over twenty years. I invite you to discover what makes CVA special. Come train with the team and meet our community of students, teachers, coaches, and staff. See what it is like to be a Big Dog!
Kate Webber Punderson '89
Carrabassett Valley Academy Head of School

Mission Statement

Carrabassett Valley Academy empowers student-athletes to pursue their dreams by balancing world-class competitive skiing and snowboarding with college-preparatory academics. Students thrive within a positive, supportive community committed to individualized growth and success at CVA and beyond.
Carrabassett Valley Academy prohibits discrimination against or harassment of any member or group based upon age, gender, race, color, religion, disability,  categories sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic predisposition, ancestry or other categories protected by Maine or federal law. CVA does not discriminate on these bases in the administration of its admission process, scholarship and aid programs, educational policies, athletics, or other school-administered programs.
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