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1. Traditional “holdback” programs typically provide an athlete, who completed grade 8, with the ability to press pause on his or her academic progress, in exchange to “buy time” before starting his or her high school athletic eligibility clock.
The Academy's Grade 8+ program is not a “hold back” program for those who merely want to “buy time” before starting his or her high school athletic eligibility clock. Student-athletes are expected and required to devote equal time to their academic development as they do to their athletic development.
Grade 8 plus student-athletes should expect to devote a minimum of 15 hours of independent study each week.
2. Traditional “holdback” programs typically emphasize athletic development first.
The Academy’s Grade 8+ program emphasizes development as a student first and as an athlete second. If a student-athlete’s academic progress slows or regresses, then that student-athlete’s athletic training schedule is replaced by independent study time until the course instructor deems that the student-athlete has returned to his or her expected level of academic progress.
3. Traditional “holdback” programs typically do not offer a school-community experience.
The Academy’s Grade 8+ program is built upon the belief that “When one teaches, two learn.” Student-athletes are required to participate in peer-to-peer, small group, and whole-group learning activities, including regular teambuilding activities as members of their thesis research, publication, and presentation team.
4. Traditional “holdback” programs typically enroll students in independent online courses and do not provide direct academic instruction.
The Academy’s Grade 8+ program provides student-athletes with 1:1 and small group direct instruction.
5. Traditional “holdback” programs typically repeat the minimum standards for grade 8 instruction, with little to no opportunities for remediation or advancement.
The Academy’s Grade 8+ program does not subscribe to the common instructional practices that rely heavily on the strict adherence to a “one-size-fits-all” curriculum. Each student-athlete is assessed in language arts and mathematics at the beginning, middle, and end of each year. Individual Achievement Plans are developed based on each student-athlete’s assessment results. The overarching goal of the Academy’s Grade 8+ program is to ensure that every student-athlete enters high school with no academic deficiencies and is prepared to excel in college prep and honors-level courses. Additionally, student-athletes receive specialized language arts and mathematics instruction in preparation for high school admissions and placement testing.
6. Traditional “holdback” programs typically do not include goal setting, time management, organizational, study, and executive functioning skills development.
The Academy’s Grade 8+ program includes lessons and activities that foster the development of goal setting, time management, organizational, study, and executive functioning skills. For example, student-athletes are required to periodically schedule and record their goal-focused activities for every 30-minute segment of the day, from 6:00 am until 10:00 pm, as an exercise to reinforce the importance of effective time management to attain their goals.
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