At YSC Academy, our commitment to student-athlete success is unmatched. Our personalized College and Career Counseling program is a cornerstone, guiding students through a unique journey tailored to their individual paths. Recognizing the limited opportunities for professional contracts, we place a strong emphasis on college and career exploration. By investing in academics and exploring diverse interests, students expand their horizons.
Our exclusive College and Career Counseling class, integral to grades 9 to 12, is designed for a bespoke experience. Under the mentorship of our seasoned college counselor and faculty with support from our network of coaches, students navigate every facet of college preparation. From mastering applications, learning, essays, and Test Prep to seeking teacher recommendations, our curriculum equips students for success in the application and admission process.
What truly sets us apart is our holistic approach to the recruiting process. Collaborating with experts, students learn how to effectively communicate with university coaches, showcase talents through game clips, craft impressive resumes, and announce their presence at tournaments and college showcases so they take ownership of the process.
Since an open dialogue is incredibly important, the Director of Academics & College Counseling is available for any and all questions related to the college admissions process on an ongoing basis. If you have any questions about our college process, please contact, Gretchen D’Angelo.
To view more details about what happens at each grade level hover over the respective year.
Our 9th-grade college counseling courses provide a unique opportunity to instill in students the profound importance of early dedication. We emphasize the significance of hard work and the commitment to securing outstanding academic performance and grades, laying the foundation for success in their educational journey which includes:
In our sophomore college counseling course, we focus on goal-setting, offering students a unique opportunity to understand the interconnectedness of their academic performance, test preparation, test performance, and efforts on the field. This holistic approach provides a clear pathway toward a successful trajectory for college placement. By empowering students to set and pursue their goals across various domains, we guide them toward a comprehensive and strategic journey to secure a promising future in higher education.
The junior year serves as a pivotal springboard for college placement, and this emphasis is woven into the fabric of our junior year college counseling course. Students distinguish themselves in the classroom by selecting courses that showcase their excellence and go the extra mile to stand out among their peers. Students also focus on:
In our senior year college counseling course, everything comes together, culminating in the securing of college decisions and acceptance and soccer commitments. Our focus shifts towards the pivotal transition to college and the anticipation of new experiences. It’s a holistic approach that not only ensures academic success but also prioritizes the well-being of our students as they embark on their college endeavors.
Approximately 15% of YSC’s graduates sign professional soccer contracts and 85% matriculate to college, although the majority of those signing professional contracts also register in online collegiate programs.
Student-athletes from YSC Academy have been recruited, with better offers, and more consistently, than students of similar athletic and academic profiles from outside our program. In large part this has to do with the environment college coaches know our student-athletes come from, and how positively that translates to the NCAA level athletically, academically, and socially. The amount our student-athletes train, how progressive the program is, and the competitive nature of the project is only a few contributing factors as to why interest from top academic and athletic institutions has increased year after year for our student-athletes.
Former Director of Talent Identification
Philadelphia Union Academy