Craftsbury Outdoor Sports Academy

Beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year, Craftsbury Academy and the Craftsbury Outdoor Center are joining together for a collaborative academic/athletic venture that we are calling the Craftsbury Outdoor Sports Academy. Craftsbury Nordic Ski Club athletes will be given the opportunity to combine their existing Nordic ski training at the Outdoor Center with the academic program at Craftsbury Academy.

The Outdoor Center will provide coaching support through its existing Nordic programming and the Academy would support those goals by offering participating students class scheduling flexibility. By providing a schedule that allows for specific, scheduled morning free periods and some longer-term academic flexibility for travel, the Academy will allow participating students more time at the Outdoor Center, pursuing their training and racing goals, while still largely participating in the Academy’s excellent public school curriculum. There will be online class options and tutoring available to accommodate the times students miss regular school periods for morning training.

Our mission is to provide expanded educational and athletic opportunities to Vermont students by integrating Craftsbury Academy and Craftsbury Outdoor Center programs.


  • Attract more students to Craftsbury Academy and the excellent academic opportunities that it offers.
  • Enable Craftsbury Nordic Ski Club athletes to further their athletic goals while remaining in local public schools.
  • Further cement the life lessons taught through training and competition in outdoor sports.
  • Simplify daily academic/athletic schedules for existing Craftsbury Nordic Ski Club families and improve communication between coaches and school staff.


The program will be primarily staffed by current Craftsbury Outdoor Center and Craftsbury Academy employees.

A pilot program will be launched for the 2017-2018 school year for 3-6 students. See the following page for dates and deadlines.

In the first year, the applicant pool will be restricted to current Craftsbury Nordic Ski Club athletes. Students must be entering at least 7th grade to apply. Students not yet in high school will typically not participate in morning training but will participate in afternoon training. Beyond the 2017-2018 school year, admission as a full-time athlete to the Craftsbury Nordic Ski Club is a prerequisite to attending the Craftsbury Outdoor Sports Academy.

Applications will be made available on March 1, 2017, and will require the following:

  • Academic transcript
  • Letter of recommendation from a current teacher (for applicants not already attending Craftsbury Academy)
  • Personal essay
  • Current training log for U16s and up

Click here for the COSA application.
Click here for the teacher recommendation form.

Dates and Deadlines:
Late February, 2017: school choice request forms due to your home school (deadline varies depending on school--for some it is as early as 2/22!)
March 1, 2017: school administrators must submit school choice requests to Winooski Valley Regional Public School Choice Collaborative
March 1, 2017: COSA applications available
March 20, 2017: COSA applications due
April 1, 2017: COSA decisions sent out and school choice lottery results announced
April 15, 2017: Winooski Valley Region Public School Choice Collaborative commitments due
May 1, 2017: commitments due to COSA

Structure and schedule:
8:00 am - School begins with first period at CA (Mon - Fri)
9:40 am - Bus to COC for morning training (Tues, Thurs) *for U16s and up only
11:00 am - Return bus to CA for lunch (Tues, Thurs)
2:40 pm - Final period ends at CA
3:00 pm - Bus arrives at COC (Tues - Fri)
3:30 pm - Regular practice begins at COC (Tues - Fri)
5:00 pm - Regular practice ends at COC (Tues - Fri)

Teachers and students will work together to make up missed class time, whether through online study or tutoring.

Out-of-town students without school choice will be required to pay tuition set at the real per-student cost to Craftsbury taxpayers. The 2017-2018 school year tuition cost is $17,900. Craftsbury Academy will still allow up to 3 students to attend via the current lottery system. While Outdoor Sports Academy applicants are welcome to apply via the lottery system, know that lottery spots will continue to be open to any students whose school participates in the Winooski Valley Region Regional Public School Choice Collaborative. Selection via the lottery is based on a random draw done by the Winooski Valley Regional Public School Choice Collaborative; results of that draw are announced April 1, 2017.

Additionally, program participants would be expected to pay the program fees for Outdoor Center programs. Craftsbury Outdoor Sports Academy students will pay a higher cost for ski programming due to the extra sessions. Regular fees for the Eastern Cup racing program are anticipated to be approximately $400 for summer/fall 2017 and $500 for winter/spring 2017-2018. For COSA students, the winter fee is expected to be approximately $800.

The Craftsbury Nordic Ski Club currently offers scholarships for program participants in need. The club intends to continue to make those scholarships available for the skiing portion of the program. Funding has not yet been identified for families hoping to offset tuition costs, but we will continue to explore possibilities.

Depending on home locations of students, there are various options. Craftsbury Academy buses currently pick up students in the morning in Wolcott (at Wolcott Elementary and at the Mennonite church on Route 15), Hardwick (at the intersection of Routes 14 and 15), and Greensboro (at the Lakeview school). Craftsbury Academy and the Outdoor Center will work together to transport students between the school and the Outdoor Center. We are also looking into other transportation possibilities with various local transportation organizations. The intention is to minimize the driving burden on parents, but our planning is somewhat limited by not yet knowing from where prospective students will be coming.

Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA
Maintain and update a training log
Regularly attend training sessions year-round, including summer
Maintain satisfactory communication with teachers and coaches
If appropriate, conduct a relevant independent study to earn PE or elective credit

Merri Greenia, Craftsbury Academy Principal: or 802-586-2541
Anna Schulz, CNSC Coach: or 802-586-7767x344
Audrey Mangan, CNSC Coach: or 802-586-7767x344


As a COSA athlete, would I be able to compete in the VPA for Craftsbury Academy’s fall and spring sports teams? 

We’re still looking into this, but the tentative answer is yes. Other ski academies do have fall and spring sports teams that compete in the VPA. Craftsbury Academy doesn’t currently have a cross-country running team, but individual students may petition to compete in the VPA as independents. CA may form a cross-country team if there is enough interest from current and incoming students. Students interested in playing soccer or running cross-country in the fall will need to discuss their fall training plan with both skiing and fall sport coaches.

As a COSA athlete, would I be able to compete in the VPA for Craftsbury Academy’s ski team? 

It depends. Eighth graders in the COSA program may compete in middle school VPA races because they will not exceed the maximum number of practices per week (five) in which VPA athletes are allowed to participate. Ninth graders and above, however, may not compete in high school VPA ski races. By attending morning training sessions in addition to afternoon and weekend practices, this age group will exceed five practices per week.

What happens if I apply for one of the three lottery spots this year at Craftsbury Academy via the Winooski Valley Region Regional Public School Choice Collaborative but don’t get one? 

You may still pay full tuition to attend Craftsbury Academy, and you may always apply to the lottery in future years.

If I live in a town like Wolcott, Stannard, Walden, Coventry, and others who currently have school choice, will I be able to continue to use school choice to attend Craftsbury Academy? 


Can I just buy property in Craftsbury to attend Craftsbury Academy without paying full tuition? 

In order to attend Craftsbury Academy without paying tuition, Craftsbury has to be your primary residence.