Academics

This is sports education

The hallmark of an IMG Academy education is a robust curriculum, an abundance of learning experiences that require collaborative problem solving, and subject-specific assignments in which learners critically and creatively examine the world around them. The IMG Academy faculty forms the core of a much greater academic support team that includes parents, administrators, coaches, residential mentors and campus life staff members, all of whom work tirelessly to positively impact holistic development in academics, athletics and character growth.

Unmatched Expertise

"At the core of IMG Academy's boarding school is an unwavering support system focused on holistically developing the young minds of our student-athletes. We are not a singular narrative. We are not just athletes but student-athletes as well. When these young adults complete their journey at IMG [Academy], they leave with the confidence that they understand who they are and how they can complement and enhance the world and the communities they intend to occupy.”

Dr. Michael Lehan, Head of School

Curriculum

The IMG Academy curriculum focuses on developing critical thinking, collaboration, perseverance and communication skills through traditional subject areas while also offering student-athletes the opportunity to express themselves and pursue areas of passion in the form of electives and cocurriculars. The school's curriculum is designed to prepare student-athletes for the rigors of university life and beyond and provides a supportive learning track for each individual, including available core, honors, and AP courses.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 77 AP scholars
  • 18 AP courses offered
  • 30 Honors courses offered
  • 73 National Honor Society inductees in 2022
  • National Merit Scholar Finalists for the past 5 years

SAMPLE COURSEWORK

  • English/Language Arts:
    Public Speaking, Analysis of Film and Literature, Honors British Literature, AP English Language and Composition
  • Mathematics:
    Algebra II, Trigonometry, Honors Statistics, AP Computer Science Principles
  • Science:
    Forensic Science, Honors Physics, AP Chemistry, Advanced Robotics II
  • Social Studies:
    World Geography, Honors World History, Law in Society, AP Macro and Micro Economics
  • World Languages:
    Spanish I, II, III, IV, Honors II, Honors III Honors IV, AP and French I, II, III, Honors III, Honors IV
  • Fine Arts:
    Drawing and Painting, Photography & Graphic Design, AP 2D Design, 3D Design
  • Electives:
    Advanced Media Broadcast, AP Seminar, AP Research, Health and Wellness

IMG Academy's post-graduate program, often referenced as a gap year, offers student-athletes an opportunity to enhance their overall academic, athletic and personal standing with college programs through SAT/ACT support, accelerated college placement opportunities, intangible support through Personal Development, and more. IMG Academy post-graduate options include High School Year, University Year, and English as a Second Language.

HIGH SCHOOL YEAR

The High School Year is specifically designed for student-athletes looking to improve their academic profile while continuing athletic development before college. We offer a challenging course schedule, including honors and advanced placement, as well as SAT/ACT support.

COLLEGE COURSE OFFERINGS

Course offerings are affiliated with the University of South Florida. USF Sarasota - Manatee serves as the home for online classes while IMG Academy hosts USF instructors for on-campus course instruction.

Extended Educational Experiences

IMG Academy student-athletes have access to experiences and studies that align best with their academic and career goals. Even before graduating from IMG Academy, they're set up for success and prepared well beyond campus through opportunities such as earning a Seal of Biliteracy or Dual Enrollment and participating in an academic pathway.

Seal of Biliteracy

Student-athletes who show a proficiency in French or Spanish by the time of graduation may be awarded the Seal of Biliteracy. The seal formally signifies the accomplishment of bilingual student-athletes and is a powerful tool across college and career applications and scholarships.

Dual Enrollment

In partnership with a local university, IMG Academy offers dual enrollment – a program available to student-athletes seeking accelerated course work. Student-athletes have the opportunity to earn credit towards a postsecondary degree prior to graduating high school.

Academic Pathways

IMG Academy student-athletes can study specific areas of interest through academic pathways in STEM, Business, and Social Sciences. Student-athletes have the opportunity to become better aligned with their longer-term academic goals as well as be positioned for their next step, including even earning industry certificates through their coursework.

Academic Support

Our academic support team meets student-athletes where they are today with the goal of preparing them for college and beyond. IMG Academy has several additional educational programs that can enhance the learning experience for each student-athlete.

Tutoring

IMG Academy offers a variety of tutoring opportunities, including assistance during both school sessions as well as evening tutoring options. Fee-based private tutoring sessions are also available.

Learning Resource Center (LRC)

The LRC provides student-athletes with identified learning differences or those needing extra learning support with access to personalized academic guidance in areas such as goal setting and management, organization, and self-awareness.

Summer School

Available to all enrolled student-athletes, the summer school program is the perfect balance of ongoing coursework with personalized sport training.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

ESL is a perfect solution for student-athletes looking to improve academic reading and writing in English as they transition into the American culture and U.S. education system while preparing for their TOEFL exam.

College Placement

IMG Academy empowers student-athletes to win their future, preparing them for college and beyond. Dedicated staff in our College Planning and Placement Department educates and mentors each student-athlete and their family about college exam preparation, athletic recruiting, college admissions and NCAA compliance requirement, allowing them to seamlessly find the right university that suites their goals.

With 100 percent college acceptance rate for the class of 2023, we have a track record for high-academic outcomes, and we are unmatched in placing student-athletes on college rosters. 21 students from the class of 2023 are matriculating to Top 100 US News Colleges and Universities, including several Ivy League commits. In tandem, with NCSA, the leading college athletic recruiting network, student-athletes are equipped to increase their chances of competing at the collegiate level.

2023 IMG Academy Commitment Day

Prepared for

College and Beyond

View Our Stories

Take an inside look at IMG Academy student-athletes and their unique journeys on campus. While each student-athlete has a unique background and story, their shared passions and goals are clear as they strive together to achieve their dreams and reach their full potential.

Moving the Tassel. Chasing the Dream. Graduation 2022

His Journey: China > IMG Academy > Princeton