An innovative soccer academy puts academics first with personalized learning, so that students can meet all their goals, not just those that relate to their aspirations to play professional sports.
Victor Medellin is attending a school that is over 300 miles from his home where he can blend his academic goals with his ability and passion for soccer.
“My parents always taught me to excel more, to be more successful than they were. My dad finished his college degree, an engineering degree, and my mom just finished high school,” said the 16 year old. “I think that’s my main goal, to do more than my parents did. To finish even a doctorate or a master’s in whatever degree I want to graduate in. And I want to play soccer and study at the same time.”
Medellin’s life has revolved around soccer since he was 7 years old, when his parents put him in a small league in Mexico. Today, he attends the IDEA Toros Academy, which has a junior Rio Grande Valley FC Toros team in Edinburg, Texas. The school’s 50 students are not only playing soccer, but they are reaching their goals through the school’s blended learning approach, which focuses on personalized learning and scheduling.
Students study the curriculum on their own, and teachers are facilitators. Students are spread around the Edinburg Wellness Center, sitting in whatever way they find is comfortable as they go through the online curriculum.