For many athletes, the potential for competing on a collegiate or even professional stage can become apparent at an early age, which could call for a more robust training schedule, extra travel to sporting events, and more time devoted to their sport of choice.
This can become a challenge when it comes to balancing academics with a young sports career and figuring out how to be a successful student athlete can often be a hurdle for families in brick-and-mortar schools.
For this reason, virtual learning can be a great choice for student athletes. The flexibility offered by virtual learning, as well as the time-management and structure that students are required to develop, helps them learn how to balance being a student athlete in a supportive learning environment.
Take Kaia, for example: a high school student who was struggling to balance her rigorous competitive figure skater training schedule with a full-time academic schedule. Kaia and her parents made the decision to enroll in Connections Academy, which allowed her to restructure her education around her demanding figure skating schedule, and subsequently in both. Kaia also leveraged Connections Academy’s College Prep resources to help her feel as prepared as possible for the next step in her education journey.