NSA Campus NSA is located in an idyllic setting in the heart of the village of Lake Placid, New York. Our campus is on the shore of Mirror Lake with views of the spectacular Adirondack High Peaks. Given our central location, many alumni refer to our campus as being the entire village. NSA is within easy walking distance of the Olympic Center (home of the â€œMiracle on Iceâ€?), the Lake Placid Toboggan Chute, the Olympic Speed Skating Oval, and the best restaurants, shops and activities in the Adirondack Park. A mere 5-10 minute drive from our campus is the Olympic Sports Complex (bobsled and luge track, biathlon and cross country skiing), Olympic Jumping Complex, Whiteface Mountain Ski Area, and the Adirondack High Peaks. Our main building was built to house Italian athletes for the 1980 Winter Olympics and serves as our largest dormitory and classroom building.
The Olympic Village
OLYMPIC CENTER HERB BROOKS ARENA OLYMPIC MUSEUM
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OUTDOOR OLYMPIC SPEED SKATING TRACK
It is often said that Lake Placid is where “miracles are made.” It was at the Lake Placid Olympic Center in 1980 that the US men’s hockey team toppled the Soviet Union on its way to winning the gold medal. It is also where a 16-year-old figure skater named Sonja Henie won an Olympic gold medal in 1932 and charmed the world. Near the school is the speed skating oval. In 1932 local Olympian Jack Shea and teammate Irving Jaffee each won two gold medals, and in 1980 Eric Heiden won five gold medals. Home of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, Lake Placid is located in the center of the Adirondack High Peaks. The region offers endless opportunities for outdoor recreation, shopping, dining, and athletic training and competition. NSA is within easy walking distance of many Olympic venues, events and attractions.
Local athletic venues include: • Olympic Center • Olympic Jumping Complex • Olympic Sports Complex • Olympic Bobsled/Luge Run • Whiteface Mountain Other facilities: Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Palace Movie Theatre, the Lake Placid Olympic Museum
Annual Events: Empire State Games, Lake Placid Horse Shows, Lake Placid Ironman, Lake Placid Marathon and Half-Marathon
Mission National Sports Academy is dedicated to providing academic and athletic programs that meet the individual needs of committed student-athletes as they prepare themselves for national and international winter athletic competition, college and life.
NSA Fast Facts The National Sports Academy is a college preparatory boarding and day school founded in 1977. School Profile: • 18 Olympians • 85 students in grades 8-12, Post Graduate • Rigorous, college-prep curriculum • Average class size: 7 • Accreditation: New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) and National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) • 11 winter sports • Numerous Olympic, World Cup, National Team, and Division I, II & III athletes
Academic Philosophy Our program develops the intellectual and social skills that prepare our students for academic success. We believe students learn best when actively engaged in guided discovery. Our class sizes are small and our programs are designed to promote independence and responsibility. Students are able to pursue athletics at the highest levels by incorporating innovative technologies, flexible academic schedules, guided study while traveling, and promoting a culture of advanced planning on the part of the faculty and students.
â€˘ AP and Honors courses offered â€˘ TOEFL and SAT Prep Classes
Athletic Philosophy Athletics at NSA offer each student an environment to reach his or her individual athletic potential. Our athletic department creates a positive training environment through its coaching staff, programs, facilities, and training opportunities. Each of our students realize that he or she is part of the equation. To reach personal goals, studentathletes must be dedicated and hard working. They must have a lifestyle that includes physical fitness, a healthy diet, adequate rest and a positive attitude. Through commitment and close collaboration between the athletic department and the student, each athlete has the opportunity to realize his or her potential.
Advisor System Our students thrive in our collaborative approach to meeting their academic and athletic needs. In addition to teachers and coaches, student advisors and parents play important roles in their daily lives. We emphasize communication, so that a student’s full support system is notified regularly of athletic and academic progress.
• Advisors are the “point people” available to review course selection, grades, athletic progress and social issues with students and their parents • Students keep in frequent contact with their parents via phone, email, Facebook, Skype, and visits • Quarterly evaluations are sent home, which include grades and written progress reports.
College Guidance NSA’s college admission’s philosophy is “fit first.” We understand that no two students are alike and we make it a priority to find the college or university that best matches each student. Our college counselors help demistify the college application process by forming a close partnership with each student athlete. The following list represents a sample of institutions attended by recent graduates. • Boston College
• Middlebury College
• Brown University
• Colby Sawyer College • Skidmore • Clarkson University • Cornell University • Dartmouth College • Manhattanville • McGill University
• 9th, 10th, 11th grade guidance programs to prepare for senior year • SAT and ACT prep integrated into coursework as well as special classes for Juniors • NCAA Clearinghouse registration guidance
• St. Lawrence University • St. Michaels • University of Vermont • Williams College
Alpine Skiing The alpine ski racing program at NSA has a 33 year history of providing the finest opportunities for athletes in pursuit of high level academic and athletic performance. NSA’s students compete at local, state, regional, national, international, Olympic and World Cup ski races. On-snow training includes camps in Colorado, Oregon, Canada, Chile, and Europe. Program Highlights: • Training at Whiteface Mountain: site of Olympic and annual World Cup events • Greatest vertical drop east of the Rockies • FIS homologated race trails • Cross-training opportunities at other Olympic venues • Students carefully monitored in year long training programs • Division I, National, World Cup and Olympic competitors
Snowboard & Freeride The NSA snowboard/freeride program focuses on a well-balanced training regimen. We aim to create results based on fundamentals. Depending on ability, athletes compete in USASA, USSA, and FIS events. On-snow training takes place at Whiteface Mountain, host of the Snowboard/Freeride World Cup since 2005. Facilities & Opportunities • Olympic Jumping Complex • Whiteface Mountain • Off-season water ramp camps and dry land simulations • USASA, USSA and FIS events
Nordic Skiing Nordic Ski disciplines have a long tradition in Lake Placid where the Olympic Jumping Complex provides a variety of hills for early skills development through World Cup events. Off-season training takes place on plastic matting and porcelain tracks. There is a paved Nordic course for roller-ski training in the off-season. Facilities & Opportunities • Olympic Jumping Complex (K-90 and K-120) and Olympic Sports Complex • Eastern Regional, National and International competitions • NSA has had six Olympians, National and World Champions
Girls’ Hockey Our USA Hockey Under-19 National Tournament Bound Team program features membership in the Junior Women’s Hockey League (JWHL), the only pre-college girls league to play three 20-minute periods. We offer all the development aspects of junior hockey with the benefits of a prep school environment, and we offer three to four times more exposure than traditional prep schools. • Schedule of 70+ games in the U.S. and Canada, 3:1 practice to game ratio • Daily on-ice practice time over a seven month season • Off-ice strength and conditioning • Incredible ice and training facilities in Lake Placid • Extensive exposure to college scouts and coaches • 100% college placement
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Boys’ Hockey Our boy’s prep team is a member of the Academy East Hockey League (AEHL) and plays a 50-60 game schedule that includes exhibition, tournament and showcase events with teams from the EJHL, AJHL, and college JV programs. Our U18 team plays a 50-60 game schedule as well that consists of games against AEHL second teams, as well as games against EmJHL, ESHL, and AAA Midget teams from the United States and Canada. The program is designed to help players develop on the ice, in the weight room, and in the class room. • World Class Olympic Training Facilities • 4-5 on ice practices per week • Off-ice strength and conditioning programs • Players have the opportunity to move up to the prep team throughout the season • Exposure to NAHL, USHL, Div. I/III Men’s Hockey Programs across the country
Luge NSA has entered into an educational partnership with the USA Luge Association (USLA). Each year the USLA Educational Committee invites a number of their selected junior team athletes to apply to their Luge School, which includes enrollment at NSA, residency at the Olympic Training Center, and a training program with USA Luge.
• Travel curricula and online classes • 6 alumni/ae Olympians named to 13 Olympic teams • Incredible training facilities, including a full-length, certified Olympic luge track • Duncan Kennedy ‘85 is the most decorated single’s slider in U.S. history. • Chris Mazdzer ‘07 competed at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Figure Skating Figure skating has a long history in Lake Placid, home to the 1932 Winter Olympics, when Sonja Henie of Norway won gold, and the 1980 Winter Olympics, when Americans Scott Hamilton and Linda Fratianne gave memorable performances. NSA figure skaters of all levels can work with Olympic Center coaches to develop individual training programs to help them achieve the next level. • Three Olympic ice surfaces • 16 professional coaches available year round • Skaters range from regional level to world caliber • National competitors among NSA alumni/ae • Ice-time plans coordinate with NSA’s schedule • Synchronized skating
Residential Life All faculty and coaches serve as dorm parents. Each dorm floor, or house, has two sets of residential dorm parents. Our residential curriculum provides a safe, structured, and positive environment and offers opportunities to practice respect, responsibility and leadership. NSA traditions and community service projects include: • Awards Banquet • Advisor Dinners • Coffee Haus • Community Service Committee • Cultural Arts Club • Earth Day Celebration • Fundraisers for charities • Hockey Nights • Mountain Day • Parents Weekend • Senior Trip • Ski Night • Student Council • Trail Maintenance • Village Cleanup • Volunteering at Area Events • Winter Carnival • Yearbook Committee
A Typical Day Whether traveling by bus to Whiteface Mountain or walking to the Olympic Center, students begin their day with their coaches and teammates. Depending on the athletic program, a studentâ€™s training, travel and competition schedule varies. As a rule, morning training is followed by afternoon classes. 6:00 Wake Up 6:30-7:15 Breakfast 7:30 Athletes depart for training 11:30-12 Athletes return to school 12:00-12:30 Lunch 12:30 All school meeting 1:00-6:15 Classes 6:15-7:00 Dinner 7:30-9:00 Study hall 9:30 Residential hall check-in 10:15 Lights out
Admission to NSA We are looking for students with high standards of academic excellence, fitness, training and competition. If you have a passion for your winter sport, NSA may be the place for you. Our admissions staff provides careful attention to assessing applicants’ athletic and academic abilities, character and good citizenship.
• Application is encouraged in the fall of the prior school year • Admission is on a rolling basis, but space is limited • Prospective students have the opportunity to train with our athletes and attend classes • Financial aid is competitive and need-based To view the entire admissions process, please visit: www.nationalsportsacademy.com
Contact Us For more information, please call NSA at (518) 523-3460 Director of Admissions ext. 22 Alpine Program Director ext. 33 Head Boys Hockey Coach ext. 32 Head Girls Hockey Coach ext. 31 Head of School ext. 39 College Guidance ext. 61
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