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About Us

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.

Today, 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 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: 136
  • Pre-Kindergarten: 21 Elementary: 75 Middle: 40
  • 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 28% of students
  • Professional Affiliations: NAIS, NWAIS

Our Location

World famous for its breathtaking views, endless recreational activities, and amazing weather, Lake Tahoe is difficult to describe in words. The Lake Tahoe School is located on the north side of the lake in Incline Village, Nevada. We are 45 minutes from Reno-Tahoe International Airport, a short walk to pristine beaches, a two-minute drive to Diamond Peak Ski Area, and across the street from the Incline Championship Golf Course. Needless to say, we like where we live!

Living in Incline Village, NV

Incline Village, nestled on the Northeast edge of Lake Tahoe, is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream location across all four seasons, with world class skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking, boating, etc. Incline is home to some of Lake Tahoe’s most relaxing beaches and is nearby some of the world’s most stunning winter mountain retreats.

Incline Village welcomes those who embrace all that it has to offer. In addition to being a tax haven, residents have access to three private beaches for paddle boarding or kayaking, swimming in the lake or in the local outdoor pool, beach volleyball courts, BBQs and stretches of beautiful sand. There are two world-class 18-hole golf courses, and a tennis center nestled in the woods. Mountain biking, boating, and hiking are also all very popular summer activities in Incline Village. You can camp at many places or even ride a near by ski lift up the mountain and hike to the higher elevations, taking in some of the world’s best vistas and panoramas. In summer, theatergoers congregate to see the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at nearby Sand Harbor.

When winter comes, there is no shortage of downhill skiing or boarding options. Diamond Peak is the locals’ favorite with one of the most spectacular views of Lake Tahoe from its mid- mountain lodge. Students at LTS are dismissed early on Thursdays during the winter session to ski at Diamond Peak with professional coaches and instructors.

A short drive away there are many more mountains to explore, including Northstar, Mt Rose, Alpine Meadows, Sugar Bowl, and the former Olympic site, Squaw Valley. Other winter activities that can be enjoyed just a few steps from your front door include snowshoeing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.

The Incline Village Recreation center offers a 37,000 square foot, first-class complex with a vast selection of programs and equipment for you and your family to enjoy, including an indoor pool, weight room, and basketball court, plus a variety of activities and fitness classes.

Incline Village, while being a small community, is home to many first class restaurants and is only 40 minutes from Reno and Carson City, Nevada, two hours away from Sacramento, and only four hours from the major cultural metropolis of San Francisco.

The beauty of North Lake Tahoe in both the summer and winter is spectacular, but living here is not for the faint of heart and requires residents to have fortitude to balance that beauty with the challenges that come with living in a mountain resort town. The cold months can be labor intensive in heavy snow winters like the current record-breaking pace this year – which, on the flip side, is making for absolutely incredible best-skiing-day-of-your-life powder skiing and riding conditions. Enjoyment of the winter months is a must, but many people “come for the winter and stay for the summer” as the balance and beauty of the seasons makes being a local worth it.