Personalized Whole Student Development
USPA’s college counseling program provides a comprehensive, holistic approach with a focus on whole student/athlete development. We mentor students academically, athletically, and personally as they navigate the college application process, emphasizing this important opportunity for great personal growth and life learning for each student athlete. We also personalize the process to meet the individual interests, goals, needs, and aptitudes of each student.
US Performance Academy believes that effective college counseling is marked by purpose, planning, and balance – as well as positive results. We encourage all USPA students to set goals and work to achieve their goals while also thriving and enjoying their high school experience academically, athletically, and personally. Being a positive, productive, and purposeful student athlete in the USPA learning environment and performing and excelling in school, sport and social realms prepares student athletes to succeed independently beyond high school.
Frank Sachs, former president of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), contended, “College is a match to be made, not a prize to be won.” In a competitive culture, it is critical to remember that the college application process is an exciting and inspiring experience, providing a chance for introspection and self-awareness as well as the honing of important skills – analysis, contemplation, goal setting, planning, organization, self-confidence, communication and decision-making. Finding a college that meets and serves students’ aspirations and interests can be a seminal journey.
USPA’s college counselor collaborates with learning coaches and parents, guiding student athletes as they consider college prospects and pathways. The learning coach/college counselor team helps students identify strengths, interests, and needs as he/she explores and discovers relevant and compelling colleges and universities. Through the use of SCOIR’s college counseling platform, students and families can access a wealth of resources to complement their personalized work with our college counselor. Students and families also benefit from college information sessions, individualized planning meetings, a college counseling toolkit, and organizational and planning resources.
Beyond the delivery of strong college preparatory coursework and athletic possibility, independent school education is unique in how it enriches and enhances personal learning and development. Students demonstrate independence, self-advocacy, and initiative through their engagement in USPA’s flexible, dynamic, and connected online education platform, setting them apart from peer college applicants. Our students also perform at the highest levels in sport, employing grit, resilience, and tenacity and requiring integrity and sportsmanship. These traits serve USPA students well in their future endeavors, preparing them to launch and excel in higher education.
USPA’s college counseling supports this student performance across these key areas:
- Academic profile – course selection, rigor, grades, testing, transcripts
- Extracurricular engagement – sports, dance, arts, other
- Summer productivity – training, work, study, internships, and travel
- Leadership/community service – volunteering, service initiatives, common good
- Application tactics – college planning form, college target list, essays, supplements, recommendations, interviews, resumes, portfolios/profiles
As competitive athletes know, there are multiple ways to train and improve. USPA’s college counselor customizes the college search to the unique needs and hopes of the individual student (and family). Our counselors have valuable experience and insight after years of visiting and consulting with colleges and universities throughout the country and staying current on higher education policies, trends and innovations. With experience and passion, USPA helps students find and secure a relevant and desirable college fit.
Our curriculum is fully accredited and designed to prepare students for college.
A total of 20 Credits are required to graduate from USPA. Each year, full-time students must earn a minimum of 5 simultaneous credits in order to earn a USPA diploma (distributed as follows). USPA does not offer credit for PE.
- English – 4 Credits
- Math – 3 Credits (including Algebra II)
- Science – 3 Credits (including Biology and Chemistry)
- History – 3 Credits (including US and World History)
- World Language – 2 Credits (minimum of two levels of the same language)
- Health – 0.5 credit
- Electives – 4.5 Credits
Director of College Counseling, Julie Glusker
Julie’s thirty years of experience as an educator extends across classroom teaching, academic and college advising, curriculum design, administration, higher education consulting, strategic planning, non-profit management, and athletic coaching. Julie started with USPA in 2016 by utilizing the curriculum for her U.S. Ski & Snowboard national team student athletes in her role as the Director of Athlete Career & Education, where she advised Olympic-bound athletes on academic and professional pursuits. Julie initially joined the USPA team in 2020 as the Director of College Counseling and transitioned to Director of School in 2021. Julie’s passion for and experience with whole student athlete development informs her educational philosophy and leadership.
Julie earned a B.A. in English Literature from Dartmouth College and M.A. from Middlebury College (Bread Loaf School of English) before teaching and coaching at Hackley School and The Masters School in New York. Julie was an organizational consultant for Campus Pipeline, SCT, and TrueNorthLogic, supporting higher education institutions with enterprise resource planning and professional development management systems. She founded both Aptitude Academic Services and Aim Advising and was the VP of Client Services for Great Coach and Clear2Play. She has served in her community of Park City, Utah as a board member and advisor on the Park City Education Foundation, Mamaci Utah Lacrosse, National Ability Center, Park Record Spelling Bee, Community Sport Coalition, and Park City Lacrosse Organization. Julie enjoys skiing, mountain biking, trail running, camping, and adventuring in the mountains with friends and family.
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