Franconia Ski Club: Winterm Academics

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By working together, Knower Academics and Franconia Ski Club offer intensive training and quality academic programming that helps students push their potential – both on and off the ski slopes.

— Catherine Knower, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Knower Academics

Educational Programming
for Snow Sport Athletes

Stay up to speed on and off the slopes

Together with our partners at Franconia Ski Club, Knower Academics offers instruction that empowers our snow sport athletes to maintain academic excellence while they train and compete at Cannon Mountain. Our academic winterm programs for 2020-2021 have been designed with FSC families and board members to dovetail with training schedules, manage diverse curriculum models, and provide academic structure. Families will also have options to customize their program to fit each student’s learning needs.

Win•term (n): contraction /ˈwinˌtərm/

  1. winter term
  2. an academic period that runs in tandem with the ski season
  3. alternative academic options used by snow sport athletes to accommodate rigorous training and competition

Every student in this program will have a custom learning plan, developed together with their families and schools and guided by the student’s own goals and input. Knower will spearhead communications with schools to align curriculum or coordinate work exchange and keep families updated with regular reports and lesson summaries. Knower educators, in addition to their expertise in teaching specific subject material, are experienced in supporting students with executive functioning, study and organizational skills, and standardized test preparation.


Winterm Timeline

Winterm Academic Programming Options
for Franconia Ski Club Athletes


grades 6-8

For the winter months, replace your current school with class on the mountain
for All Grade Levels

For the winter months, replace your current school with 1:1 individualized academic classes
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for All Grade Levels

Receive extra support or coaching for the classes in which you are currently enrolled, or for test prep
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Winterm at Cannon Mountain

Attend school on the mountain, all winter long.

Our winter curriculum has been thoughtfully designed to integrate with sending schools, and the schedule of weekly classes dovetails perfectly with FSC training and competition. Knower Academics will connect with each student’s current school to determine the best approach to curriculum, teach all material, and develop a transition plan back to school in the spring.

Program Details

of Middle School Winterm

The Middle School Winterm program will run from early December to the end of March. The specific dates will be finalized as the details of competition and training schedule solidify. There will be a total of fourteen weeks of class, with some time off for holidays, training camps and competitions.

Classes, Curricula & Coursework
for Middle School Winterm

The Zoom question…

Knower Academics began using online interactive sessions to support snow sport athletes back in 2005. Due to competition and training schedules, we needed a way to continue to support students while they were traveling. With 10+ years of teaching one-to-one in our online classrooms, first by Skype, then Web-Ex, and now Zoom, our instructors have found ways to teach effectively through interactive online instruction. Knower instructors establish guidelines and expectations for students using Zoom. Yes, you need to get dressed and out of bed! We also use screen sharing, annotation tools, and recording tools, as well as interactive documents and whiteboards such that students and instructors can both actively discuss and workshop problems and topics together. Knower Academics teachers are experienced in using interactive teaching tools and screen sharing to create an engaging and effective learning experience for students. If you would like to see a demo of how we use Zoom in a way that actively engages our students, please contact our office.

Students will participate in science and humanities classes as a group, with instruction differentiated by grade according to Knower’s own curricula. Math instruction will be fully individualized and taught in a one-to-one instructional format. Middle school coursework will engage students with project based learning in a nurturing, small-group setting. Students will complete assessments, both formative and summative, as well as additional independent assignments, exercises and activities to demonstrate their learning.

Science & Humanities Curricula
With the understanding that students will join our program from diverse academic backgrounds, our humanities and science coursework will focus on standards, concepts and skills. KA instructors draw upon sources and content relevant to the winterm experience, but teach and assess students with Common Core aligned standards and Next Generation Science Standards. Students will receive six hours of small-group classroom instruction each week in humanities and science, as well as additional applications, projects, assignments and assessments. Instruction for these classes is slated to occur in-person.

Mathematics Curricula
Our winterm students join us from many different schools, and need to stay up to speed in their school’s own curriculum in order to align with their classmates when they return. Each student in the winterm academic program will receive 2 hours of individualized academic instruction with Knower, each week. The instructional format of IA classes may be in-person or interactive online so that we can find the best-fit of schedules and teaching styles. Most students use these sessions for fully individualized, scaffolded math or language instruction. In between instructional sessions, students will complete a mix of flipped classroom assignments, active retrieval practice, projects, applications, and homework assignments.

Knower Academics will reach out to establish a work exchange with the sending school and teach each week’s material. If the school requires the student to unenroll, Knower will use common core aligned curriculum and our own depth of teaching experience to mirror the scope and sequence of sending-school topics. Plus, we are available to continue one-to-one sessions for the student’s transition back to their sending school, to help ease the shift as needed.

Additional Classes & Supports
for Middle School Winterm

Families may fully customize their winterm program with additional one-to-one classes. For example, students might add more rigor to their schedule, such as a foreign language or special tutorial to bring their coursework to an advanced level. Additional one-to-one sessions are also the perfect opportunity to add focus on developing study and organizational skills at a foundational or advanced level, or to receive extra support in a challenging subject. Knower Academics instructors also specialize in standardized test preparation, so families looking for a jump start of SSAT, PSAT, SAT or ACT preparation can find that here as well.

Weekly schedule
for Middle School Winterm

IMPORTANT: This is a TENTATIVE schedule, still under construction. The specific hours when students are required to be on the mountain and in the classroom are still to be determined. Work from home options will likely be available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Though this schedule is still subject to change, on Mondays we will likely divide into groups where some students will have math in the mornings and other students will have math in the afternoons. On Wednesdays, both math groups will have sessions in the afternoon. Friday lesson plans will remain flexible so students can focus on completing all required work before their weekend races.

Individualized Academic scheduling windows

Math, Language, or elective
FSC TrainingFSC TrainingFSC TrainingFSC Training
Science & Humanities
Small group classes, grades 6-8

Next Gen & Common Core Aligned Skills & Project-based Learning
Individualized Academic scheduling windows

Math, Language, or elective
Science & Humanities
Small group classes, grades 6-8

Next Gen & Common Core Aligned Skills & Project-based Learning
Individualized Academic scheduling windows

Math, Language, or elective
Individualized Academic scheduling windows

Math, Language, or elective,
weekly wrap up,
portfolio building

Features & Tuition


  • School on the mountain, with Knower Academics, from early December to late February or early March
  • 14 weeks of total programming
  • School outreach and curriculum
  • Individualized math instruction: 120 minutes per week, paired with approximately 4 hours weekly coursework
  • Student email account and learning management system
  • Graded summative assessment and portfolio creation
  • 6 hours weekly small-classroom humanities and science instruction
  • Coordinated transition plan into the program in December and back to school in the spring
  • Integrated communications with family and schools
  • Schedule dovetails with FSC training and competitions
  • Support for additional subjects and other Knower 1:1 offerings available at added cost


  • $6,000 per student
  • Non-refundable $500 deposit
  • Commitment deadline of October 15th

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