Built on a Tradition of Excellence

SMS at a Glance

Mission Statement

Stratton Mountain School provides a unique environment that offers each student the opportunity to pursue excellence in competitive winter sports and college preparatory academics while developing strong personal values.

Founded in 1972

SMS was founded in 1972 by Warren Hellman and Donald Tarinelli.

At a Glance

  • College preparatory academic program with an impressive college acceptance record
    • Full Term Program: (September–June) open to grades 8–12 & postgraduate
    • Winter Term Program: (November–March) open to grades 7 & 8
    • Postgraduate Program: provides the opportunity to train and compete in an elite, structured environment before moving on to a college or a national team.
  • Alumni include:
    • 42 Olympians with more than 66 Olympic Team placements.
      • 2 Gold Medalists
      • 1 Silver Medalist
      • 2 Bronze Medalists
    • Over 100 National Team members
    • Countless NCAA Team members
    • Leading professionals in fields such as medicine, law, business, film, and sports.

Winter Athletic Programs

  • Alpine Skiing
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Freeskiing
  • Freestyle Skiing
  • Snowboarding

Fall & Spring Sports

  • Soccer
  • Cross–Country Running
  • Mountain Biking
  • Lacrosse
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Skateboarding
  • Tennis

Campus Overview

The SMS campus is located at the base of Stratton Mountain in the heart of Southern Vermont’s Green Mountains. Facilities include:

  • Athletic Facilities
    • Air Awareness Center
    • The Greg Needell Gymnasium
    • The Greg Needell Strength Conditioning Room
    • Luckenbill Field
    • Sports Medicine Training & Rehabilitation Room
  • Ski & Snowboard Tuning Rooms
  • Patti Kaltsas Education, Arts and Student Center
  • Residential housing for students and staff
  • Academic, Dining, and Administrative Buildings
  • Outdoor Ice Skating Rink
  • Outdoor Paddle Tennis Court

2016-2017 Enrollment

Grades: 7–12 & Postgraduate
Total Students: 137
Full Term Students: 115
Winter Term Students: 21
Boarding Students: 69
Day Students: 68
International Students: 15

2016-2017 Class / Athletic Statistics

Average Grade Size: 25 students
Average Class Size: 10 students
Alpine Program: 81 athletes
Snowboard Program: 15 athletes
Nordic Program: 19 athletes
Freeskiing Program: 10 athletes
Freestyle Program: 12 athletes

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