We know that the young adolescent brain is developing during the teenage years. Teens benefit from a consistent, healthy routine to build good habits and a strong foundation for growth. As the adolescent brain develops, it goes through a process. In the beginning, students need structure and routine. However, as the brain develops, it needs to do more complex tasks. So finding the right balance between structured tasks and independence is what is key to producing self-directed learners.


We understand that every brain is unique in how it learns and that the ultimate goal of a teacher is to help each student know how they know. Our teacher helps students think about their thinking (metacognition) and help them feel more abstractly and use their executive functioning skills (preplanning, time management, initiation of tasks, and prioritizing). These are the same skills they will use on the pitch ( known as game intelligence). In high school, we gradually give students more responsibility. We want them to be challenged and take risks in a supportive environment and learn from their mistakes. We know learning from our mistakes is part of the learning process. In the end, we build better minds, better students, and better players.


An educational program in the 21st century should include integrating virtual learning with face-to-face interactions. We called this ‘Humanizing Virtual Learning.” By combining online classes with in-class workshops, traditional discussion classes, and one-on-one education, we have created optimal learning opportunities for our student-athletes. Whether at home or on the road in tournaments and competitions, they can continue their educational work and connect with their teachers.

YSC Academy’s middle school curriculum features three years of English, Mathematics, Science, History, and Spanish. Students are carefully placed in each subject area based on their skill development.  Groupings are fluid to ensure challenge and support for each student. 

7th Grade 8th Grade
Humanities 7 Humanities 8
Science 7 Science 8
Mathematics 7 Mathematics 8
Spanish 7 Spanish 8
Health & Wellness 7 Health & Wellness 8
Physical Fitness 7 Physical Fitness 8

YSC Academy’s high school curriculum consists of four years of English, Mathematics, Science, History, and Spanish. Additional courses in these subjects and others are available to students on a case-by-case basis by way of online coursework, enrolling at local colleges and universities, internship options, and independent study courses designed by students and supervised by our faculty. Students are expected to work with the Director of College Counseling to ensure that their course of study prepares them for life after high school, whether that involves college, professional soccer, or some other pursuit.

The high school academic program at YSC Academy is aligned with the graduation requirements stipulated by the State of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS) accredits YSC Academy, and all coursework conforms to the State of Pennsylvania and PAIS requirements. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has approved the curriculum at YSC Academy, and YSC Academy graduates are eligible to compete in intercollegiate athletics at Division I, II, and III levels.


Class Requirements
English 4 Years
Mathematics 4 Years
Social Sciences 3 Years
World Language 3 Years
Physical Education 4 Years