Over the years, Oakcliff has explored formal accredited
educational programs for trainees on campus. In a strange way, the COVID-19 crisis has made
that dream a reality. Oakcliff is happy to announce they will be partnering with US Performance
Academy (USPA) to allow Oakcliff saplings to take accredited high school classes while training
full time on the Oakcliff campus. College students looking to join the fall sapling program will be
integrated into the training while taking their individual college’s course loads.
With many high schools and colleges going online for the fall semester due to COVID-19,
Oakcliff’s programing is an option for athletes with Olympic and professional dreams to take
advantage of training opportunities that didn’t exist in the past and make the most of this
“This is the ultimate way for us to turn the COVID-19 situation into an opportunity,” said Oakcliff
Executive Director Dawn Riley. “This is the biggest thing in many years that bodes well for US
athletes looking ahead to LA 2028.”
US Performance Academy is an accredited, NCAA approved, private online middle and high
school program for young athletes with unique schedules due to high performance training.
USPA allows students to create a pathway towards their personal, professional, and athletic
goals while leveraging the latest technology for an on-the-go environment. The online
curriculum allows for a flexible school schedule and academic calendar.
“With experience in the competitive sailing world as well as in education, I truly understand the
struggle that young athletes face when balancing athletics and academics. The goal has always
been to help create a solution for young athletes looking to excel in both areas. That is how
USPA began.” said Pete Smith, President of US Performance Academy. “The partnership with
Oakcliff is a natural fit and combines the very best in both school and sailing. We look forward to
seeing the student-athletes excel.”
Student athletes will follow a rigorous schedule blending on-the-water training, gym time, and
life skills training, with a full course load from USPA. Oakcliff will take full advantage of our 100+
boat fleet, but the majority of training will focus on the 470 and Olympic skiffs. Schedules and
elective course work will be flexible depending on an individual Sapling’s interest and, as always
with sailors, the wind conditions. An on-site Learning Coach will coordinate the study times for
all athletes and provide academic assistance when needed.
For older high school students training at Oakcliff, the USPA curriculum includes ACT and SAT
prep. There is also college application and essay assistance for those applying for college.
For the semester, the cost for students is $20,500 per high school student, $14,500 per college
student, and $2,900 for conventional winter saplings. Tuition includes everything, from room and
board, boat and sail usage and coaching to Triple Crown entry fees. Compared to prices from
other sports performance academies like IMG, Oakcliff and USPA’s price is a fraction of their
cost. Students can choose from a number of courses and electives from USPA, listed on their
In many states, families can receive tax credit towards tuition. Check with the rules in your
individual state. Scholarship and financial aid programs are also available.
The Oakcliff campus has a strict “bubble” protocol that keeps students and staff protected from
exposure to the Coronavirus. All entrants into the bubble must quarantine and get a negative
COVID test before their arrival on campus. Each also must sign an affidavit certifying they have
had no COVID symptoms and have been tested. Check out our Bubble Protocol and
The semester begins the Wednesday after Labor Day (September 9) and runs until Christmas
break (December 18). Currently, there is only a plan for the fall semester, but this will be
reevaluated come winter depending on interest and the COVID-19 situation. Students who
attend the program will have the option to continue enrollment with USPA for the spring
semester even if Oakcliff does not host another semester at the campus, ensuring zero
academic interruption and the ability to continue training anywhere in the world.
Apply via USPA website by clicking the Apply Now button.
Oakcliff Sailing is a youth and adult training center for athletes who have progressed beyond
traditional coaching methods and want to take the next step in their career. Located in Oyster
Bay, New York they offer trainees a proving ground to develop their skill set and professional
network in the three big areas of competitive sailing: the America’s Cup, the Olympics, and The
Ocean Race. Oakcliff’s goal is to Build American Leaders Through Sailing. Oakcliff Sailing is a
youth and adult training center for athletes who have progressed beyond traditional coaching
methods and want to take the next step in their career. Located in Oyster Bay, New York they
offer trainees a proving ground to develop their skill set and professional network in the three
big areas of competitive sailing: the America’s Cup, the Olympics, and The Ocean Race.
Oakcliff’s goal is to Build American Leaders Through Sailing.
USPA is an accredited, NCAA approved, private, online, middle & high school created for high-
performance athletes. Designed by athletes and educators, the approach benefits driven
students who are training, traveling, competing, and pushing to the next level. The online
curriculum allows for a flexible school schedule and academic calendar. The support system
keeps students involved, motivated, and on track to success. And the focus on the student-
athletes future goals and aspirations opens up a doorway to future opportunities.