Falls Creek Alpine Academy
The Falls Creek Alpine Academy Program was initiated in 2003 by a small group of families who live in the resort during the winter snow season.
The major goal of the Falls Creek Alpine Academy Program is to provide a secondary schooling environment that allows students to continue with their academic studies while living on the mountain, training and competing in ski race meetings.
For 2018 FCAA will also be operating a Primary aged academy program to cater for the younger students looking to get more time on snow. This is hosted separately to the secondary academy with a different location and staff.
School work is set by the student’s home school, and completed under the guidance of FCAA tutors. Students regularly receive work updates from their home school teachers, usually by email.
In the past, students have received 4 hours of tutoring, 4 times a week from 1-5 pm to fit in with the student’s race training schedule. The teacher student ratio is around 1:8.
Kerry Lee Dodd is returning in 2018 as co-ordinator of the Falls Creek Alpine Academy. Kerry has a long history with Falls Creek. Her family built and operated Attunga Lodge, she has worked in the Snowsports School as an instructor and supervisor of the children’s programs and as a teacher in the Falls Creek Primary School. She has also coached at Falls Creek Race Club and FCPS as well as managed many Interschools teams at Victorian and Australian levels.
Kerry Lee is a qualified secondary teacher (PE and Health) as well as a Level 4 APSI (Australian Professional Snowsports Instructor), Alpine Instructor and Trainer.
Student progress is assessed by home school teachers, tutors and students on an ongoing basis. Written progress reports are emailed to parents and home teachers at the end of July, August and at the end of the program.
The success of the program is a result of the independent learning focus of FCAA. Students are mentored in independent learning skills, planning, time management, communication and self responsibility to enable them to complete their studies. Students are often highly motivated to stay in the program and maintain a strong commitment to both their academic and ski racing progress.
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