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At USPA, Flexibility is Strength, Diversity is the Norm

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Pete Smith first conceived of US Performance Academy in response to this question from a frustrated parent: Why does the traditional academic model make you choose between achieving your athletic dreams and getting a good education? That was in 2013, when remote learning and quality education did not coexist in most people’s minds. Smith, an

Our Core Values in Action

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One aspect I love most about US Performance Academy is how our Core Values inform our daily lives, in sport, school and social arenas, day in and day out. We are guided collectively and individually by our strong principles of Accountability, Excellence, Flexibility, and Human Connection. We are grateful for our faculty and learning coach

Human Connection at an Online School

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“Good Morning, Mr. Lavery,” the students chant in chorus as I enter the classroom, elongating the phrase into a song in the way that children do. Crisp shirt, tight tie, and stiff shoes, I lay a stack of files on the oversized desk and take my place. A student calls out a question from one

Why Whole Student Development Matters for the College Process

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College applications can be a high-pressure time for student athletes and their families,but they can also be a time of meaningful self-reflection and growth. Throughout thecollege process, it is always important for students to remember that their worth goesfar beyond grades and test scores. This is where and when whole student developmentcomes into play. A

USPA Learning Coaches: The Intersection between School and Sport

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Excelling athletically and academically requires dedication, organization, and tenacity, and sport and school are both excellent environments where student athletes practice and hone these traits. Athletes frequently encounter challenges, including training, competition, logistics, weather, equipment, terrain, injury, finances, adversity, failure, loss, and (yes) even success. Athletes must learn to listen, attempt, adjust, try again, fail,