National Sports Academy (Lake Placid, New York)

National Sports Academy (Lake Placid, New York)
National Sports Academy
821 Mirror Lake Drive
Lake Placid, New York, 12946
Coordinates 44°16′58″N 73°58′54″W / 44.2827°N 73.9816°W / 44.2827; -73.9816Coordinates: 44°16′58″N 73°58′54″W / 44.2827°N 73.9816°W / 44.2827; -73.9816
Established 1977
CEEB Code 332761
Head of school David Wenn
Teaching staff 12 (as of 2007-08)[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 77 (as of 2007-08)[1]
Average class size 8
Student to teacher ratio 6.4 (as of 2007-08)[1]
Team name Mountaineers
Accreditation(s) NYAIS and NAIS

National Sports Academy is a private preparatory school for winter-sport athletes in Lake Placid, New York, United States.



The school began in 1977 as Mountain House, a winter tutorial program for student-athletes. The school changed from a winter-only program to a traditional school calendar in 1981, and changed its name to National Sports Academy on March 17, 1989.


The school is housed in the former Winterset Inn, which housed Italian athletes during the 1980 Winter Olympics.


The school's student athletes focus on one of ten winter sports: Alpine skiing, freestyle skiing, snowboarding, Nordic skiing, ski jumping, Nordic combined, biathlon, figure skating, luge, and boys’ and girls’ hockey. Academic studies are addressed by a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum and specialized curricula and tutors for students who travel to compete.

Extracurricular activities

Student groups and activities at National Sports Academy include a community service committee, a cultural arts committee, Coffee Haus, dodgeball club, ping pong tournaments, student council, a sustainability and stewardship council, ultimate Frisbee club, and yearbook.

Notable alumni

National Sports Academy has had 32 National team members, 21 members of the U.S. Ski Team, five Members US Jr. Luge Team, and its alumni have won five National Nordic Skiing Titles, 5 Nordic Skiing Medalists, eight Jr. National Skiing Titles, and one Women's National Luge Champion


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