About YSC Academy
YSC ACADEMY PREPARES YOUNG MEN FOR A LIFETIME OF PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT AND CIVIC INVOLVEMENT. WE PROMOTE HARD WORK AND COMMITMENT IN A COMMUNITY BUILT ON TRUST, RESPECT, AND HUMILITY.
Accredited by the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS), YSC Academy offers a college-preparatory program ideally suited for student-athletes motivated to realize their intellectual and athletic promise and to become confident, courageous, and responsible young men. Our students, spanning grades 8-12 and post-graduate, have been identified as among the most competitive soccer athletes of their age groups. They come from public and private schools to YSC Academy, where we recognize students’ diverse gifts, cater to their particular learning needs, and aspire to excellence on every front. Averaging 10-12 students each, our small classes enable our experienced faculty to provide students unparalleled individual attention. Each student-athlete’s unique educational program focuses on the areas and at the levels most appropriate for his abilities, needs, and interests. YSC Academy’s unique approach to education fosters in students a lifelong commitment to and passion for learning.
YSC Academy presently enrolls 74 young men from Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and across the country. Students compete in the US Soccer Development Academies: Union Academy and Continental Football Club. (Applicants who play for other similarly elite programs will be entertained.) The school boasts a student faculty ratio of 5:1; over 80% of tuition is covered by scholarship aid. Our attention to each student begins with our grade deans and advisors and continues through our signature program in college and career counseling, tailored specifically to our community of pre-professional athletes. We aim high at the same time as we routinely affirm, “Success is not measured by how far one goes in the game, but by who one becomes in the process of trying to be the best one can be.”
YSC Academy consistently implements pedagogical best practices and insights of current research in learning and cognitive development. We have adopted elements of project-based learning and interdisciplinary engagement. We engage students’ variable learning strengths in diverse classrooms with the principles of Universal Design for Learning. We sometimes enable students to determine their own pace, and we amend the curriculum to capitalize on students’ individual interests. Our 1:1 tech program, according to which every student is assigned an Apple PowerBook, enables blended learning: technology-facilitated lessons in the classroom, as well as the remote delivery of content and interactions, especially for students away for soccer-related travel.
YSC ACADEMY IS THE FIRST HIGH SCHOOL IN AMERICA WITH A DIRECT AFFILIATION WITH A MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER TEAM.
YSC Academy’s innovative, sports-science driven soccer training program is affiliated with the Philadelphia Union. Our soccer training program is led by Union Academy staff, who enable our student-athletes to maximize their development as elite players while also pursuing excellence in education.