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At BMA, we help students maximize their academic and athletic potential in a community based on trust. We embrace an ethos in which hard work is held in the highest esteem, and risking failure and learning from success provides exceptional preparation for life beyond Burke.

Martha Coughlin '71 and Warren Witherell founded BMA in 1970 with the singular purpose of prioritizing ski racing for its students, a mission that continues to this day, 50 years later. Burke offers one of the world's most innovative and successful ski racing programs, and our athletes, known as Burkies, choose to come here to dedicate themselves to being the best they can be as students and ski racers. Here they balance competitive intensity with a close-knit community; they chase greatness with a commitment to character and values; that's the Burke magic.

We invite you to learn more about our school and to look at our student-athlete and alumane/i achievements, our program offerings, and the distinct traditions and principles that set us apart from every other ski academy.



Students making a bridge with their arms

At BMA, we uphold the values of determination, leadership, community, and tradition. We take pride in fostering leaders in both athletics and academics, creating a community of unique and talented individuals who together embody a distinct personality.

The core of our athletic program centers around rigorous training for and competing in ski races. As a small and highly selective institution (with an athlete-to-coach ratio of less than 7:1), we offer our student-athletes unparalleled opportunities that may not be available at larger schools.

Burke Mountain Academy is not suitable for everyone. However, for those who are committed to reaching their full potential as ski racers, like our 154 alumni who have been named to their respective national ski teams or those who compete in the NCAA, there is simply no better environment available.

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Ski racer looking down the slope

Burke Mountain Academy is a private, full-year college-preparatory school located in East Burke, Vermont in the northeastern United States. The school specializes in educating and training athletes in alpine ski racing, utilizing the nearby slopes of Burke Mountain Ski Area.

The school is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASAC), and holds memberships in organizations such as the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).