Winter Term Program Q & A

March 8, 2017

Over the past few months, we have fielded lots of questions about Winter Term. The questions have come from faculty, past parents, potential families, and alums; they have ranged from what is the objective, and future of Winter Term, to how old do students need to be and where do they live. All of the questions have been great and highlight the fact that Winter Term is a program people care about and want to know more about.

Both academically and athletically, the years spent in Middle School are critical in a student athlete’s development. High-quality training, paired with a large volume of purposeful training, is important for success in high school and beyond. The skills acquired and mastered at this age will be valuable for years to come.

Gould is fully committed to ensuring Winter Term is an integral part of the Gould community and remains the premier winter experience for On Snow Athletes. In order to ensure that Winter Term student-athletes are being provided exemplary educational experiences coupled with unparalleled training and coaching just six miles from Sunday River, we are excited to announce a few modifications to our already rigorous academic program.

Winter Term Q&A

What is the mission and vision of Gould’s Winter Term program?

Gould’s mission is Winter Term’s vision — “to prepare students to lead lives of purpose and action.” We want to provide students with an introduction to life at Gould while equipping them with the best on-snow coaching in the country and providing them with an unparalleled academic experience. As a result, Winter Term students enhance their academic aptitude, their abilities as on-snow athletes, and their personal potential as a human being.

We are committed to ensuring that the Winter Term program promotes academic, athletic, and social growth, and we the program will continue to be recognized as the best academic and athletic pre-high school experience for snow-sport athletes.

How many students are in Winter Term? What grades are students in and what On Snow disciplines can participate?

We can provide housing for up to 14 students in grades 7 & 8. We are accept applications for the following snow sport disciplines: Alpine, Freestyle, Nordic, and Snowboarding.

Where do Winter Students live?

Winter Term boarding students live in Vogt and Park House. Both are New England-style homes located on the Gould Academy and have full-time dorm parents.

What is the academic philosophy of Winter Term? Who teaches Winter Term students?

Winter Term academics fall under the leadership of Gould Academy’s academic program and are taught by Gould teachers. 

Winter Term students will take the following classes:

  • Math
  • World Language (Spanish & French)
  • Humanities (English & History with a focus on writing)
  • Science (Skill based)

In addition to core academic subjects, Winter Term students also experience classes in the arts, IDEAS Center.

Who is responsible for coordination with Winter Term Students’ homeschool?

The Winter Term Program Coordinator will coordinate with home schools and families about academic studies and will facilitate multiple checkpoints throughout the winter.

How do I apply or learn more about Winter Term?

The best way to learn more about Winter Term is to schedule a visit to campus. During your visit, you will be able to see Park & Vogt House, academic classrooms, and other facilities.

The Winter Term priority deadline for applications is April 15.

Students who complete the application prior to April 15 will be informed of admission and financial aid decisions by April 17.

Students who start the process after April 15 will be considered on a rolling basis if spaces are still available. Given the small size and unique qualities of the program, we anticipate a very limited number of spaces available after this date.

Is there financial assistance for Winter Term participants?

Merit Scholarships are available to offset the cost of tuition for the December 1 to March 1 program. Merit Scholarships and the amount of tuition assistance provided is determined by three factors:

  • On Snow results (times and podium finishes),
  • Academic aptitude (standardized testing, GPA, and teacher recommendations),
  • A commitment to community and personal growth (recommendations, student application, interview, and personal references).

For families desirous of receiving need-based financial aid for grades 9-12 must complete the financial aid application now.

Additional fees for Winter Term are: Ski equipment, entry fees, season pass, overnight travel to any races and membership to Speedworks tuning facility.


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