The Academic Game Plan
Athletics plays a central role in the life of the students at Legacy the School of Sport Sciences. In the broadest sense, Legacy’s’ comprehensive (athletic profession) education program of study, engages students in athletics on multiple levels of experiences. Students engage in the professions of athletics on a creative level, integrated athletic education, exploratory, and advocacy experiences in addition to participating competitively.
Through an integrated athletic education, athletics is infused into Legacy’s core curriculum as a mode of learning and deepening understanding. For example a ninth grade baseball player “Tom” has decided to choose athletic administration (business industry) as his career path (endorsement). He says that his “Plan A” is to receive a Division I scholarship playing baseball, but his “Other Plan A” is to learn about athletic administration and work towards receiving a degree from a university and becoming an athletic director. Both are feasible plans that Legacy will permit him to work towards. The first of his many projects in the athletic administration program will be the management of the concessions stand at a basketball game. Some of the content courses that Tom will use are Algebra I, Business I, and English I to perform cash drawer sales, create marketing promotions, open and close the concession stand, calculate sales, analyze profits and losses, etc. Through the project, Tom will not simply memorize exponential functions and equations. He will use manipulatives in every subject to deeply internalize concepts, which helps ensure rigorous academic achievement and understanding.
Legacy the School of Sports Sciences innovative rigorous curriculum is specifically designed to meet the needs of its diverse student population. Students engage in reading and writing across the curriculum. Technology is integrated as an educational tool for students and faculty. Athletic professions are integrated to enhance academic learning as well as studied as a career path. Teachers collaborate to create cross-curricular interactive projects throughout the school day. Curriculum is developed at each level using the latest findings in child and adolescent development, brain-based research, and accepted best practices.
A great advantage of being a 6-12 program is the ability to map curriculum across grade levels in order to make transitions between grades seamless and ensure that students acquire the skills needed to continue growing academically and emotionally. Teachers at the middle and high schools will dedicate time to meet regularly to reflect on curriculum and instructional strategies.