Balancing school and ski racing becomes increasingly difficult the more competitive an athlete becomes. With careful planning, you can help your child accommodate both athletic aspirations and educational goals.
Some students are self-motivated and comfortable in non-traditional settings, whilst others need more structure. There are many options available across the country to suit the dedicated athlete
Some athletes opt to stay in their local high school, and through careful choice of classes and good communication with teachers, manage to complete their high school education alongside their passion for ski racing. By taking classes in first and fourth quarters where possible, they free up their load in the peak skiing months of 2nd and 3rd quarters. Taking classes on-line or at local colleges over the summer can also reduce the number of classes taken during the winter months. Some high schools are more supportive than others, but there is nothing like being focused and performing well when in the classroom to get teachers’ support.
Some areas with high racer populations, have schools which accommodate ski racers' schedules though creative scheduling.
There are many excellent ski academies offering full time ski programs alongside a rigorous academic curriculum. Each Academy has their own approach to scheduling, but all expect athletes to maintain good academic performance throughout the year. If you are interested, you can view a list of Ski Schools and Academies in the Eastern USA and Western US Schools and Academies.
USSA’s TEAM Academy located in Park City provides a flexible, athlete-centered education option.
There is a shift at both high school and college level towards an increased on-line component in education. Many colleges offer on-line high school classes, and there are also schools which specialize specifically in on-line schooling, providing 24-7 tutors. When investigating on-line options, it is always wise to check that the courses are NCAA approved.
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