Fullerton School District’s Performance Academy is the only public school program that offers in-person learning with sports training integrated into the school day.

FSD’s Performance Academy is the only public school program that offers in-person learning with sports training integrated into the school day.

(Fullerton, CA) – Fullerton School District (FSD) sits at the forefront of public school districts in Los Angeles and Orange County in meeting the needs of advanced student-athletes in grades 6 through 8 participating in elite-level sports training. Offering a board-approved school program that will begin this fall for the 2024-25 school year, FSD’s Performance Academy Sports Program will allow families with advanced student-athletes to have a traditional, free, in-person learning experience with time for sports training integrated into the school day. Families with students in qualifying advanced sports training programs or on qualifying competitive teams, including dance, are encouraged to apply to participate in the program before the district’s June 22, 2024 application deadline.

What distinguishes this program from current sports training academies for 6th through 8th grade students?

Fullerton School District’s Performance Academy Sports Program is currently the only public school program in the area that gives students the opportunity to access a free in-person learning experience in Fullerton School District’s award-winning public schools while having time built into their schedule for their sports training. In its inaugural year, this program will be offered at FSD’s Parks Junior High School for student-athletes in grades 7th and 8th and Rolling Hills Elementary School for student-athletes in 6th grade.

“We pride ourselves on our commitment to innovation and creating dynamic programs and opportunities that will help all of our students pursue what they’re passionate about and achieve their personal goals,” Fullerton School District Superintendent Dr. Bob Pletka said.

In their presentation to FSD’s Board of Trustees during the district’s April 16 board meeting, where the Performance Academy concept was initially presented for board consideration, Dr. Pletka and Dr. Adaina Brown, the district’s Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services, shared that the program hopes to fill a need for families with advanced student-athletes who participate in elite sports training and/or compete on national teams and the like. Often, these families have to opt to send their student-athletes to costly private schools, or students have to opt into online learning programs that cannot replicate the in-person learning experience. At FSD’s May 21 board meeting, FSD’s Performance Academy Sports Program garnered board approval and the green light to begin this fall.

“One of the highlight points of our Performance Academy is that it will enable students to continue the important social-emotional growth and whole-child development that happens with in-person learning in our FSD schools,” Dr. Pletka shared.

How will FSD’s Performance Academy Sports Program work?

The program is designed to allow students to start their day with a traditional in-person learning schedule and integrates sports training into the afternoon portion of the school day. For 7th and 8th grade students, students will have a five-period schedule that includes core classes and an elective, with the final two periods of the day using physical education and an elective period for sports training. Similarly, for 6th grade students in the program, their sports training time will be integrated near or after 1:30 p.m. in the school day.

Another distinguishing feature of FSD’s Performance Academy Sports Program is that it has several approved providers for sports training, including but not limited to Delta Prep Academy, Procademy, Redline Athletics, and more. To qualify to be an approved provider in this program, sports training programs and/or teams and team training need to have training sessions at least four times per week for at least 90 minutes each day, totaling 7.5 hours per week. The program also needs to have a daily conditioning component and training sessions that begin at least one period before the end of the school day.

Delta Prep Academy is currently the only provider with a Memorandum of Understanding with FSD to provide some of its sports training opportunities on the Parks Junior High campus and guaranteed transportation from Parks Junior High to offsite training locations and back to Parks Junior High for convenient drop-off and pick-up for families. To participate in Delta Prep’s training program, a nonprofit organization that also offers scholarships for qualifying students, families can visit deltasportsgroup.org.

Fullerton School District is currently accepting applications for this program between now and June 22. For families interested in learning more about FSD’s Performance Academy Sports Program, the district is hosting a Parent Information Meeting on May 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Parks Junior High School, 1710 Rosecrans Avenue, Fullerton. Families can also meet with the program’s approved providers on June 6 at 5 p.m. at FSD’s District Office, 1401 W. Valencia Dr., Fullerton.

For all current program information and details, visit www.fulertonsd.org/PerformanceAcademy.

The Fullerton School District is located in northern Orange County, California, and serves over 11,600 students in grades TK – 8th.  The Fullerton School District includes 21 schools, 15 elementary schools, two K-8th grade schools, three middle schools, and a distance learning and home school model.  The mission of the Fullerton School District is to work collaboratively with the community to provide an innovative, high-quality educational program for all students in a safe learning environment. The District motto, “Great Schools – Successful Kids” exemplifies the belief that all students will achieve academic excellence, acquire interpersonal skills, and develop technological expertise to contribute as productive citizens in a democratic society.  For more information about the Fullerton School District’s award-winning schools, call (714) 447-7400 or visit www.fullertonsd.org.

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