Our Story

Lake Tahoe School, originally founded in 1997 under the name Incline Academy with a mission to provide a carefully articulated, highly academic program, quickly grew, adding grades yearly, into a Pre-K through Eighth Grade School by 2001.

Incline Academy became Lake Tahoe School (LTS) in 2002 and then within a year, its visionary Board of Trustees, acquired a new three-story building with room for 24 classrooms and appreciable office space. In the spring of 2011, LTS appointed Mrs. Ruth Huyler Glass as Head of School. Mrs. Glass’s career as an educator and leader in independent schools has provided a wealth of experience and expertise essential to running a great school: faculty recruitment, management and development; curriculum design and implementation; budgeting; admissions; and fundraising. Mrs. Glass will retire at the end of June 2018.

A highly dedicated team of teachers, administrators and staff totaling 29 professionals (44% holding advanced degrees) with an average of 10 years teaching experience, sits at the core of LTS’s success. The student: teacher ratio is 6 to 1 with an average class size of 14. A dedicated Board of Trustees, steadfastly working to support the creation of a superlative independent school in the Lake Tahoe region, helps to guide and support LTS and the Head of School. Its recent approval of a campus renovation and expansion plan that will greatly benefit the School and entire Incline Village community is an example of its vision for the future.

The current trustees represent a balance of skills, interests, and experience that together provide an essential environment of effective governance and a philosophical foundation for the future growth and success of the school.

The bright future ahead for LTS remains rooted in the founding vision of creating an educational community focused on honoring the individual creativity and passion inherent in every child. This continues to nurture disciplined minds, strong character, healthy bodies, and creative spirits among all LTS students.

Lake Tahoe School is currently accredited by The Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS) and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).

LTS At a Glance:

  • Founded: 1997
  • Type: Co-ed Day School Grades: Pre-K – 8th grade Enrollment: 148
  • Pre-Kindergarten: 21 Elementary: 84 Middle: 43
  • Athletics: 95% participation in interscholastic sports Student-Faculty Ratio: 6 to 1
  • Average class size: 14 Administration, Faculty, and Staff: 29 Full & Part-Time
  • Annual Budget: $3.6 million
  • Financial Aid: Awarded to 21% of students
  • Professional Affiliations: NAIS, NWAIS