To create an affordable virtual school option in which student athletes can tend to their studies while preparing for their sport in a high performance environment.
Balancing high level training with high level academics has been a struggle since the dawn of competitive swimming. The High 5, Inc Sports Academy addresses these issues and allows students to fit their school and swim work in a more compact timeframe. This allows the children to get more sleep, train at appropriate times biologically and still have time for scholastic and other outside activities. Questions? Go to our FAQ page https://bit.ly/high5faq
Who Should Attend?
This program is offered to student athletes who have great time management skills. They will need to possess the ability to stay focused during their schoolwork times. We will have help on campus, but we will not have traditional staff on hand, such as teachers, to help with their school work. If a child needs that extra help on a daily basis, this might not be the right program for him or her. I am not trying to dissuade anyone from attending, just being real in terms of expectations.
This is also a rigorous training schedule. Younger and newer athletes must be willing to step it up in terms of their training if they choose to attend. Keep in mind, humans adapt. I have had ten (10)-and-unders work incredibly hard and get very fast because of that. There are others who might not be ready for the challenge.
No one knows a child better than their parents. If you get a sense that any of this is too much for your child, listen to your gut. Maybe another semester at traditional school might be a better option. Conversely, if you think that this is the type of environment where your child will shine, make the leap. I have seen hundreds of incredible transformations over the years by those who once thought they couldn’t achieve their goals.
The High 5 Sports Academy Difference
We know how important it is for every child to have a great education. The advances in online and virtual learning environments makes an experience like the Academy possible. Children nationwide are doing extremely well learning online. We will dedicate fifteen (15) hours per week to studies on campus. This means that most older students (grades 4 and up) will need to dedicate up to an additional ten (10) hours off campus to their studies. We will have facilitators on board to help out with technical issues and minor academic help when a student gets “stuck”. Please keep in mind that we are not a charter or traditional “private” school. We are here to house, help and motivate, in and out of the pool.
The athletic experience offered here will be second to none. We have the facilities, equipment and staff needed to provide our students a world class training environment. We will continue to blaze trails by offering the student athletes bleeding edge training and swimming-specific educational opportunities; all in a fun, caring environment.
We want to make this as affordable as possible, while still ensuring that we can pay the bills, so to speak. All attendees will be billed monthly at the Senior National level as they will get all the time, etc of that current training group (currently $185 for non BSAC members, $160 for members). In addition, we are charging $85 a week each semester for virtual school experience and the additional swim-specific sessions. Lunch and technology are not provided.
Swimming: A Typical Day
7:00am – 9:00am In Water Session One
9:00am – 9:20am Snack / prep For School Session One
9:20am – 11:20am FL(H)VS*
11:20am – 11:50am Lunch (not supplied)
11:50am – 12:30pm Swim Specific Classroom Session (Technique, Race Analysis, etc)
12:30pm – 1:15pm Dryland
1:15pm – 2:15pm FL(H)VS
2:15pm – 4:00pm In Water Session Two (Pulleys/Sprint/Technique)
Time needed For Studies:
According to the FLVS Website, here is a breakdown of how much time needs to be dedicated to studies per week:
(Taken directly from the Virtual School FAQs) How Much Time Do Students Spend On The Computer? The answer to this question varies based on the rigor of a student’s schedule of courses, but total hours and effort are comparable to requirements at a traditional school. On average, students in grades Kindergarten-3 will have 20 hours of work to complete per week, and grades 4-12 will have 25 hours per week. There is always a healthy balance between working online and completing offline projects.