Windells Academy Begins Summer Semester


Action sport high school Windells Academy will begin their summer semester on June 4.

The boarding school, which is located in Mt. Hood, Oregon, offers courses for serious student athletes, ages 14 to 18. The courses are in conjunction with accredited programs Kaplan High School and Advantages Online Private School. Students daily split their day between learning from elite trainers on the mountain and learning in the classroom for a minimum of four hours daily earning high school credits.

In 1988, Tim Windell, a 9-time National Campion and 2-time Vice World Champion snowboarder, founded the school. The school builds half-pipes, cheese wedge jumps and is the world’s only privately owned campus. It features a permanent, year round half-pipe and ski runs, as well as BMX dirt bike paths and indoor skate parks.

The summer semester is priced at $16,500.

Graduating seniors have been accepted to a number of colleges including: University of Massachusetts, University of Vermont, University of Colorado, Colorado State, University of Utah, Westminster College, Montana State, University of Arizona, Arizona State, Northern Arizona University, and University of British Columbia.

To prepare for college, the academy also offers a SAT prep class. Students had scores that went up by as many as 500 points from the prep course.

As far as the action sports experience is concerned, students have opportunities to meet action sports industry leaders through industry trips. The trips have included visits to Nike, K2, Bonfire, Atmosphere and Mervin. Students taking media courses have worked with Windells videographers, photographers and editors.

Current Windells students have excelled in competitions this year. For example, Nicole Mcnulty came in fourth place at the snowboarding national championships. In addition, four skiers finished the year ranked in the world’s top 100 of professional free skiing: Nick Goepper finished the season ranked 14th, Maggie Stout 18th, Jared Karon 50th and Chris Verrue 80th. These students signed sponsorships with Surface Skis and Smith Optics.

“This program is for serious students and serious athletes. Dedicated students will have the chance to achieve the same level of success as some of our current students,” said Mike Hanley, President of Windells Academy.