Loon Mountain: Winterm Academy

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It used to be that students either excelled at sports or excelled at school. This generation of students is learning how to excel at both, and the amazing gift of winterm shows students how to grow their minds and their athleticism symbiotically. Students enrolled in our winter academy will face academics at a high-bar, challenging them to learn the academic skills they need to balance their athletic pursuits with high academic standards.

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

Better-than-Middle School

Winterm Academy at Loon Mountain

Knower Academics proudly introduces a top-quality academic option for young skiers who want to train full-time at Loon Mountain. For the 2021-2022 winter season, Loon Race Team participants (grades 6-8) are welcome to join Knower’s Winterm Academy. Class times will integrate with the LRT training and race schedule. For the duration of LRT’s Winterm Program, students will have a blend of 1:1 individualized academic instruction, small-classroom instruction, and guided study periods in the homework café. The program also includes two weeks of 1:1 transitional support for a smooth landing back at the student’s school.

High school students and students younger than 6th grade are invited to enroll in one of Knower’s custom winterm programs.

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

 

When we say, “better-than-middle school,” we mean it.

Learning at its finest.

The opportunity to ski for the Loon Race Team hones your mental edge on the mountain. Our Winterm Academy curriculum capitalizes on this incredible learning environment and incorporates widely-adopted Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science Standards to create a learning experience that is academically rigorous, substantive, relevant and credible. Our winterm curriculum has been thoughtfully designed to integrate with sending schools and to allow each student the opportunity to thrive in the small class environment and custom 1:1 sessions. Knower Academics will connect with each student’s sending school to determine the best approach to curriculum, ensure all material gets covered, and develop a transition plan for return in the spring.

WINTERM ACADEMY DATES

  • Family Consultations: August
  • Enrollment deadline: August 30th
  • Outreach to sending schools: September – November
  • Orientation week: December 1-3
  • Classes begin at Loon: December 6
  • Exam week: March 7-11
  • Portfolio week: March 14-18
  • Transition support: March 21-April 1

Please note that these dates are subject to change.

Need different dates? Not a problem. Knower instruction is well-tuned to travel with students and meld with their availability. Contact us to schedule a consultation and design your learning plan.

 

WINTERM ACADEMY PROGRAM COMPONENTS

Structured
WINTERM
ACADEMY
CLASSES
plusOne-to-One
INDIVIDUALIZED
ACADEMIC
SESSIONS
plusSupportive
HOMEWORK
CAFÉ

Environment
plusMotivating
EARN
YOUR TURN

Approach

 

Winterm Academy Classes

✔ English     ✔ History     ✔ Science     ✔ Health     ✔ Language Arts

The curriculum question…

Knower Academics has over 10 years of experience aligning our curriculum with schools from all over the country. We use Common-Core aligned and Next-Gen standards to provide sending schools with a detailed record of the skills students learned and the level of mastery they achieved. Narrative grade reports paired with learning artifacts provide a paper trail of assessments. Together with this documentation, the winterm transcript we share with sending schools provides clear illustration of the substantive education students complete with Knower. Knower will spearhead communications with schools to align curriculum, coordinate work exchange and keep families updated with session logbooks and frequent reports.

Humanities & Health-Science are taught in a small classroom environment. Students will receive six hours of intensive small-group classroom instruction each week in humanities and science, as well as additional classwork, applications, projects, assignments and assessments. Instruction for these classes is slated to occur in-person on the mountain. 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. Our curriculum structure takes advantage of the amazing symbiosis between learning and training, while providing records of learning that are credible and easy for sending-schools to translate. Our winter academy students are building the same core skills as their peers at home, while the lessons learned in training on the mountain transform their mindset and ignite their motivation. Instruction, lesson planning, homework and assessment is further differentiated by grade to ensure that we meet each student where they are.

Looking for an English or history class that is precisely aligned with your sending school?
Not a problem. Contact us to discuss how our specialists can accomplish this with additional one-to-one instruction.

Individualized Academic Sessions

✔ Math     ✔ Electives     ✔ Foreign Language

Mathematics, Languages & Electives are taught in a one-to-one environment. This allows us to provide individualized curriculum and scaffolding for the content that students will build upon in the spring. Individualized Academic (IA) sessions are designed to mirror the scope and sequence of a specific class at the sending school. Each student in the winter academy program will receive either 3 or 6 individual, one-to-one sessions each week, depending on the chosen enrollment level. (See Winterm Academy Program Levels, below.) The instructional format of math class 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 and 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 will continue one-to-one sessions for two weeks through the student’s transition back to their sending school, to help ease the shift as needed.

Homework Café

✔ Structure     ✔ Supervision     ✔ Community     ✔ Study habits     ✔ Executive skill building

Flipped classroom assignments, active retrieval practice, projects, applications, and homework assignments all happen in the Homework Cafe. This guided study period offers a consistent schedule of dedicated, in-person learning, supports the development of executive functioning skills, and serves as a scheduling window for IA sessions. Guided study will be available 9 hours each week to support strong work habits and build independent learning skills.

Earn Your Turn

✔ Communication     ✔ Accountability     ✔ Character

Athletic training and academic learning are BOTH important; we show students that this is true with our Earn Your Turn communication. Our weekly class schedule allots dedicated time to reflect upon work completion and report to families and coaches about each student’s academic engagement, flagging cases where students may be falling behind. The opportunity to ski for LRT and other elite race teams is a privilege earned by hard work and dedication to both athletics and academics. A key learning objective for our middle school winterm is building a foundation of academic responsibility that students can continue to bolster as racing intensifies and academic demands increase in high school.

 

ACADEMIC SUPPORT TOOLS

Learning Tools & Materials

✔ Assignment portal     ✔ Study & organizational skills     ✔ Transparency

  • We will provide students with their own myknower.org account with access to email and Google suite applications.
  • Instruction will integrate the use of time and task management tools, such as kanban boards, planners, task lists and calendars.
  • Homework assignments and study-guides will reinforce the importance of daily review and systematic preparation for assessment, with methods such as Knower’s ARC Review™ and unit-based filing.

Additional Classes & Supports

✔ Support for learning differences     ✔ Standardized test prep     ✔ Enrichment

Families may fully customize their Winter academics with additional one-to-one classes through Knower. For example, students might add a special tutorial to bring their coursework to an advanced level, or slow down to review foundational concepts or provide reteaching and review to support a learning difference. 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 on SSAT, PSAT, SAT or ACT preparation can find that here as well.

EXAMPLE WEEKLY SCHEDULE

 MONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAY
8am
to
12pm

One-to-one
scheduling windows

TRAINING

TRAINING

TRAINING

TRAINING
12:00pm
to
12:30pm

Lunch



12:30pm
to
3:30pm
Homework Café
group study
&
Individualized
Academics

one-to-one
scheduling
windows
Meeting
classroom

Health-Science
classroom

Humanities
classroom
Homework Café
group study
&
Individualized Academics
one-to-one
scheduling windows

Earn your Turn
with coaches

Health-Science
classroom

Humanities
classroom
3:30pm
to
6:30pm

One-to-one scheduling windows

WINTERM ACADEMY PROGRAM LEVELS

Participants may choose from two program levels to customize their Winterm program.

  • Level 1 allows for Individualized Academics (IA) instruction in ONE subject ONLY, typically math.
  • Level 2 allows for IA instruction in TWO subjects, or one subject PLUS support for learning differences.
 LOON MOUNTAIN WINTERM ACADEMY
14 weeks
TRANSITION
2 weeks after LRT
Classroom Instruction in Humanities &
Health-Science
One-to-one
IA Sessions
Access to
Homework Café
One-to-one
Return to School
Support Sessions
LEVEL 1
6 hours per week3 sessions per week
45 minute sessions
9 hours per week2 sessions per week
45 minute sessions
LEVEL 2
6 hours per week6 sessions per week*
45 minute sessions
*Priority in-person scheduling
9 hours per week4 sessions per week
45 minute sessions

Note: families will have the option to add extra 1:1 sessions as part of their registration, if further customization is needed.

WINTERM ACADEMY FEATURES & TUITION

Includes:

  • School on the mountain, with Knower Academics, from November 30 – March 18
  • Transition support from March 20 – April 1
  • 14 weeks of total programming
  • School outreach
  • Common core and next gen aligned curriculum
  • Small classroom instruction in english, history, science, and health skills and standards
  • Guided study and executive skill support in the homework café
  • Individual session logbooks
  • Parent/teacher conferences and progress reports
  • Individualized, scaffolded math or language instruction:
  • Student Google account and learning management system
  • Graded summative assessment and learning artifacts
  • Parent teacher conferences, progress reports, narrative report card and transcript
  • Coordinated transition plan into the program in December and back to school in the spring
  • Integrated communications with family and schools
  • Schedule dovetailed with LRT training and competitions
  • Support for additional subjects and other Knower 1:1 offerings, available at added cost

 

Winterm Academy Tuition

Winterm Academy
& transition support
WITH 8 STUDENTSWITH 5 STUDENTSWITH 3 STUDENTS
LEVEL 1$8,000
per student
$11,000
per student
$14,000
per student
LEVEL 2$15,000
per student
$18,000
per student
$21,000
per student
Non-refundable deposit$2,000

 

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