Local Area Schools

Many questions arise when moving to a new area. Naturally you want to know where the best recreations spots are, where to find good night life, the best cup of coffee, and for those with children, you need to know about the school system.
Here is a list of the South Lake Tahoe area schools from K-12.



Elementary K-5
Bijou Community School

Bijou is a multicultural school; a school that stresses the importance of building community and appreciating differences in culture. Bijou is most noted for its two way bilingual immersion program. A two way bilingual immersion program is a bilingual education program that integrates English learners and English-speaking students for instruction in and through two languages. TWI programs provide language, literacy, and content area instruction to all  students in both languages. At Bijou Community School their program focuses in Spanish and English.

Lake Tahoe Environmental Science Magnet School

LTESMS utilizes an Environmental Science focused curriculum that is project-based, thematic, interactive, and integrated in core subject areas through the grade levels to foster life-long stewardship of the environment and to assist students in achieving their maximum potential in their academic, social, and civic development.



Sierra House Elementary- Home of the Mountain Academy

Sierra House integrates education with an emphasis on Fitness, Health and Mountain Sports. Their focus is to connect children to nature and the outdoors- including the most amazing classroom for learning: Lake Tahoe. They are a diverse school community where all community members are valued and encouraged to reach their fullest potential. It is the mission of Sierra House Elementary School, in partnership with families, to provide a high achieving learning environment to prepare our students to be educated, responsible citizens


Tahoe Valley Elementary School, Where The Arts Come Alive

Tahoe Valley’s vision is to  develop well rounded  students who embody 21st Century Skills  through the Arts.  They accomplish this through providing children with learning experiences that will enable them to develop character, creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration skills, to appreciate the aesthetic values in the Creative and Performing Arts and become self-confident, motivated, caring, and socially conscious citizens.



South Tahoe Middle School – Grades 6-8

The staff at STMS is dedicated to providing a quality education for all students based on high academic standards.  Teachers, students, administration and parents work collaboratively to maintain a nurturing environment which contributes to the intellectual, social, emotional, ethical and physical development.





South Tahoe High School – Grades 9-12

South Tahoe High School is vested in the California COMMON CORE standards to drive their curriculum. STHS is also a nationally accredited AVID school, and all areas of study use AVID strategies for success. South Tahoe High School is dedicated to offering all students access to the most rigorous and relevant educational programs possible.  This focus requires flexibility in developing and sustaining a wide variety of choices so that each student has the opportunity to reach his or her personal academic goals.