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Attention Junior Players and Parents: Check out Sagemont Virtual School

August 19, 2003 03:50 PM

The lifestyle of a competitive junior player is a not an easy one. Serious players are hard pressed to balance their busy training and travel schedules with the demands of a solid high school education. They realize that to make it to the top they need top training and coaching not only on the court, but also in the classroom.

Wayne Odesnik, 17, a Sagemont Virtual School Student, the highest ranked USA junior amateur on the ATP tour and one of the top junior players in the world, recently received a 1370 on his SAT. “Without the opportunity to complete my high school courses on-line through The Sagemont Virtual School, I would never have been able to have all the necessary practice sessions, nor participate in many of the tournaments, as my school schedule would have been too rigid. The on-line teachers are very helpful, and I am in constant communication with them, no matter where I am physically located in the world. Adjusting my learning skills to studying on-line, has taken a lot of discipline and self-motivation, which in turn has helped me mature, and has assisted me in coping with the high level of stress and pressure that I am faced with in my tennis career,” said Odesnik. Odesnik is also the youngest USA amateur to have won a Men’s Professional Futures tournament this year.

Today, hundreds of young athletes are turning to the Sagemont Virtual School (SVS) as their choice for a high quality college prep high school education. The Sagemont Virtual School is a fully accredited online college preparatory school that is designed with the college-bound athlete in mind. Flexible scheduling and the ability to learn online at anytime from anywhere allows students to conveniently mix athletic training and schooling.

There are more than 260 students throughout the world who call Sagemont their high school.

Jesse Levine, 15,currently Boys' 14 clay courts national champion, Boy's 16s sunshine designated champion, 3 ITF semi final results, 1 ITF finalist result and an “A” student in Algebra, is a Sagemont Virtual Student. “Sagemont Virtual School has provided me with the opportunity to practice a lot without neglecting my studies” said Levine.

Built upon the success of Sagemont’s brick and mortar Lower and Upper Schools in Weston, Florida, SVS combines internet-based courses taught by full-time certified Sagemont teachers with an array of services for students and their families that include college and guidance counseling, community service opportunities and virtual clubs. All courses, assignments, quizzes, tests, and projects are completed online and available 24/7. To ensure that students receive the individualized attention they need to succeed, SVS students are taught by full-time certified teachers with whom they constantly communicate by e-mail, Instant Messenger, and phone. Students, as well as parents, can access their online classrooms 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with teachers available 15 hours a day, six days per week. All teachers have toll-free numbers and call their students regularly.

Flexibility is the hallmark of SVS. Students can choose to take a full four-year high school education online or to simply take a few courses to complete their graduation requirements. They can begin and end a course at any time during the year and can access their courses online.

Parents receive monthly phone calls and monthly progress reports. According to the students, courses are definitely rigorous, but the flexibility of ‘attending’ classes night and day, makes for a much richer educational experience.

Full-time virtual teachers are very real about their students. “I know my students better and understand more about their lives than I ever did when I taught kids in brick and mortar school. Virtual learning allows for real communication.” says Ms. Karen Reback, a fourteen year veteran science teacher. Teachers and students are in continual communication together via phone, electronic mail and online conferencing. Over 260 SVS students attend their classes, have discussions, and complete their coursework at anytime from any computer in the world. Students have the opportunity to experience true global learning as teens from Italy, Florida, New York, Hong Kong, England, Singapore, Brazil and Venezuela share the same classrooms and work together.

SVS is also experienced in providing specially tailored learning environments designed to meet the unique needs of a group of students at a particular geographic location. Such examples are SVS’s learning centers located at IMG Academies in Bradenton, FL, and at the Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, FL where SVS has implemented a state-of-the-art internet lab built right on the IMG campus. Students take courses online in the Learning Center where they have a full-time facilitator to assist them. Students also have direct telephone and email access to their Sagemont Virtual School teachers.

The Sagemont Virtual School was the first private online school to receive Southern Association of Colleges and Schools [SACS] accreditation. It also holds an accreditation from the Commission on International and Transregional Accreditation [CITA]. All core courses are NCAA approved.




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