An athlete's greatest advantage
is a well-trained mind.
Strength, agility, speed, focus. The pillars of athletic ability are also key to a well-developed mind. Our college-prep curriculum unleashes the mental potential of young student-athletes, helping them achieve their peak performance wherever life takes them.
Our graduates are as accomplished in the classroom as they are in the game, with many becoming National Merit Scholars, HP Scholastic All-Americans, and the likes, while being admitted to some of the highest-performing universities in the world.
- Pre-K through 12th grade, with Post-Graduate options (co-ed and non-denominational)
- Student enrollment: 1,000-plus, with approximately 500 in grades 6-12
- Independent, college preparatory program
- 98% of graduates attend college, with most earning substantial academic and/or athletic scholarships. The other 2% of our graduates have historically become professional athletes
- College-style class formats and class availability for more than 10 hours each day allowing maximum academic scheduling flexibility
- 13 languages spoken among faculty
- 65% of faculty members hold advanced degrees
- Classes incorporate Harkness Method of teaching to encourage creativity and communication
- Multiple Advanced Placement and honors classes offered
- Partnership with the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee for students looking to earn college credit while attending IMG Academy
- More than 100 web-based courses for students whose athletic competition schedule requires them to be off campus more than 50% of the time. A dedicated online supervisor monitors online students
- Enhanced online communication program connects parents, student-athletes, teachers and staff. Exam results, daily homework completion and classroom behavior assessments are reported through this program
- All faculty members provide special sessions in the evenings to work with students who need extra help, want to get ahead with their assignments or like working after class with their teachers
A curriculum as competitive as our students
At IMG Academy, we believe critical thinking and independent learning skills are crucial preparation for collegiate-level academics. We instill these principles into our core curriculum from elementary school to post-grad programs. Our methodology is constantly evolving and is a reflection of the best practices and techniques from our diverse and expert educators. It includes lessons from the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Bloom’s Taxonomy, the Socratic Method, the Harkness Method and the “flipped classroom.”
Our classes offer creative and challenging coursework, low student-to-faculty ratios and assignment schedules built on a philosophy of depth and substance over busy work. Our experienced faculty understand the demands of student-athletes and help build a constructive balance of school and sport. For each course, the material and objectives pursued in daily classroom lessons are guided by a variety of standards chosen by each subject area department, choosing among Florida Sunshine State Standards, Common Core Standards and National Standards.
With creative lesson plans, project-based learnings and small class sizes, our youngest student-athletes grow and flourish in rich, dynamic learning environments led by caring and dedicated teachers.
This core curriculum includes a foundation in mathematics with an focus on future real-world applications; an emphasis on literary analysis, writing and grammar mechanics; and an understanding of the scientific method, theory, applicability and laboratory practice that encourages an in-depth appreciation of the scientific enterprise.
Motivated student-athletes can spend a “gap year” after graduation enhancing their academic profile through a rigorous course load, while continuing to develop their athletic ability and refine the life skills that propel many IMG Academy graduates on to elite academic universities.
IMG Academy is accredited by:
Meet just a few of our distinguished alumni:
National Merit Scholarship Award recipient
|Mercer Island, WA|
|Jacqueline Bendrick, is a member of the National Honor Society, a National Merit Scholarship Award recipient and the valedictorian of her graduating class at IMG Academy. Upon receiving the National Merit honor, Bendrick said, "This is a great national honor, and I’ve worked really hard to bring my academics to a high level. That’s one of the reasons I’m here at IMG Academy - to be able to pursue strong academics and pursue my love of golf.” Bendrick is now enrolled at Furman University and plans to pursue a degree in biotechnology and eventually work in laboratory research in medicine.|
National Merit Scholar
Samy Ramadane, a native of Wayne, Pa., earned the distinction of National Merit Scholar when he was named as a recipient of the corporate-sponsored National Merit Arkema Inc. Scholarship. Ramadane was one of the most involved student-athletes during his time at IMG Academy leading up to the prestigious award. Ramadane was a member of the National Honor Society, and served as a Residential Mentor and tutor to his peers, all while maintaining a perfect 5.0 GPA in Advanced Placement classes on his way to being the valedictorian of the Class of 2012.
HP Scholastic Junior All-American Team
Jordan Lippetz, a native of Piedmont, Calif., was named to the HP Scholastic Junior All-American team in August 2012, in recognition of her achievements on the links and in the classroom. Lippetz, a member of the Class of 2012, served as president of the IMG Academy chapter of the National Honor Society during her senior year.
HP Junior Academic All-American in 2008 and 2009
|Beverly Hills, CA|
Seiji Liu, a native of Beverly Hills, Calif., was named as an HP Junior Academic All-American in 2008 and 2009 while a student-athlete at IMG Academy. Liu ended his high school career ranked No. 38 in the Golfweek/Titleist National Rankings, and No. 12 in the Class of 2010. Liu was also an AP Scholar with honors, finished as the class valedictorian, and earned the Carpe Diem award for his class. Liu also served as a delegate to the University of Florida’s Young Leaders Conference. Liu moved on to Harvard University, where he has excelled on the links and in the classroom, majoring in economics.
Notable universities attended by IMG Academy graduates:
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