1) How many hours per week does an academy student spend training?
Academy training that is sport specific such as “on-ice” or on the field is typically 3-4 times per week. Fridays are usually reserved for the teaching of Sport Performance outcomes or cross training to meet the outcomes related to the Physical Education program. 1-2 days a week the students are either in the Sport Center, Gym, Fitness Center or classroom. For a sample training schedule, for more specific details, please refer directly to each academy website or speak with the Director.
2) If the student is in the academy, does she/he still have time to take all the core curriculum prerequisites required to enter university?
Depending on the program that the student is interested in and how many prerequisite courses are required, a schedule is organized so that all courses can be accommodated within a three year plan. If a student will require all three Sciences and as well as Math 30-1 and Math 31, it is important that they start “fast-tracking” early by taking 20 level courses in their grade ten year and one diploma level course in grade 11. We do our best to accommodate all requests.
On a few occasions, the block(s) which host the academy conflict with a particular course that a student wants, e.g. English AP offered at the same time as block 3 for an academy. If scheduling presents conflicts, we sit with the student and parent(s) one on one and work to rebuild their schedule.
On occasion, if it is possible to move their academy section to make room for a course that is scheduled at the same time, we will do so with the permission of the Director. Students who have a full schedule and are not able to fit everything that they have requested often choose to focus on completing one course over summer school.
3) What credits do they get for academy, and are they valid for university or college admission?
Students earn 5 credits for Physical Education and 5 credits for Sport Performance. SP courses consist of 5 CTS modules and students earn one credit for each. To earn a high school diploma, 10 CTS credits are required. SP fulfills those criteria. As all of our students are required to take Religion and CALM, these courses are offered to academy students in class first, providing there is room in their timetable. If not, they can take these courses independently in modules or online.
4) How is the development program different from the competitive program in terms of hours?
Currently, each academy is open to athletes of all levels of ability. One of the goals of Academy programs is to improve skill proficiency for the novice athlete as well as the elite. Soccer in particular is offering a developmental program for students who are passionate about the sport and seek improvement with basic skills. Often, the competitive programs offer practice or training sessions beyond school hours, e.g., baseball hitting practice after school and 6:30am fitness center workouts. Please contact the Director personally for specifics relevant to their program
5) How does a player transition from the developmental to the competitive program?
Typically, students in grade ten who are new to the academy and new to high school have plenty of adjustments to make juggling athletics and academic responsibilities. Over time, student athletes develop at their own pace and eventually move up into a more competitive environment.
A grade twelve student who has been participating in an academy for the previous two years would likely join an advanced group in their third year. Having said that, all of our athletes develop at various rates with different goals and skill sets. A young player may arrive in grade ten and have experience training outside of the school with a provincial or national program.
Each Director is responsible for assessing and determining the best placement for the applicant. Many of the academies require reference letters and detailed information disclosing their current level of play, coach, position and team. All of this information is considered in assigning them a section in which the Director feels they would be most successful in both physically and emotionally.
6) How do students get to and from training that occurs off-campus during school hours?
Students are transported on one of our two FX school buses. We have two full time drivers who take care of drop off and pick up to every venue. These costs are included in their fees.
7) What if the player is injured - do they move into the 'regular' program or stay in the academy?
Depending on the severity of the injury, we would prefer that a student remain in the academy if at all possible. If the injury is minor, students are welcome to join in and participate at their comfort level. As an alternate activity, injured athletes may request time in the Learning Center to do homework or study or report to the fitness center to take part in a regiment which is specifically designed to enable the athlete to return to play, e.g., stretching, upper body strength routines, etc. If the student has suffered a major setback they may choose to withdraw from the academy at that time. They would lose their deposit however the remainder of their fees would be pro-rated on a monthly basis. If withdrawal is evident, doing so during a semester break allows us the opportunity to register them in other courses. If withdrawal is necessary mid-semester, students can sign up for online courses and earn credits to replace those that are lost.
8) How are applicants chosen if the program is over-subscribed? Do out of area applicants receive equal consideration as in-area applicants?
Many of our students are from out of area and all applicants would have equal opportunity. If the program is over-subscribed we will screen our applicants and choose student athletes who have a history of good attendance, citizenship, and work hard to earn marks that they are capable of. The academy programs are inclusive in nature so all levels of play are welcome. Depending on the academy and space available in the various sections, a student may be chosen with consideration given to their skill proficiency.
9) Is there a certain number of spaces reserved/allotted for girls? Do the boys and girls train together?
Decisions to combine genders in an academy section can be based on ability levels and/or numbers. If there are enough females or males to create a section for each, that is our preference.
10) Can you be in the academy and still take AP classes? Is that a problem/difficult?
Where possible, we will work with a student’s schedule to accommodate all requests. If an AP course conflicts with an academy section, we either move the student to another section or they register in the course that is closest to the AP stream and the following year, move into AP. The flexibility of moving in and out of the AP courses from year to year is helpful.