American Preparatory Academy gives their high school students the opportunities to develop skills and talents in art, music, sports, drama, and debate. Character development is a top priority at American Preparatory Academy. To achieve character and develop children, American Preparatory Academy offers high school sports like baseball, boys cross country, girls cross country, girls soccer, girls volleyball and boys and girls basketball.
The vision of students participating in a sports team to increase their skills through hard work and practice. The aim of sports is teamwork, dedication, cooperation, courtesy, and sportsmanship. Competition is important in American Preparatory Academy’s sports programs, but it is not the all-encompassing goal.
The most important features about charter schools are, they offer students a chance to excel in neighborhoods and areas where regular public schools have failed them. For example, Eva Moskowitz noted in the Wall Street Journal that the number of inner-city Central Harlem Kids who currently attend charter schools exhibit math-proficiency standards that have more than doubled since 2013. This rise in education proficiency was credited to the curriculum and education in a charter school, and the availability of sports opportunities for every student.
American Preparatory Academy follows the same expectations in their sports programs as do other charter schools. An example is Christa McAuliffe’s Charter School. Scholars are expected to follow all the behavior expectations and code of character for all athletic participants. Students who violate these expectations and codes may be removed from practices and games. The code of charter schools, emphasizes that sports participants are students first and athletes second. American Preparatory Academy follows the same parameters for its students.
In Utah, charter and small schools athletics may fall under UCSSAL (Utah Charter and Small Schools Athletic League). Here charter school teams can schedule sports games through an official league. UCSSA administers and supervises interscholastic athletics among its member schools under the Association Constitution and By-Laws.
The league acknowledges that student athletics are a significant educational part in developing skills needed to become a contributing member of society. Students are the focus and reason for the UCSSAL, and the association provides opportunities that:
- Promote sportsmanship
- Shares competition through standardized rules
- Provides interscholastic sports through positive learning environment teaching sportsmanship, competition, hard work, leadership and cooperation
- Nurture self-realization and builds self-confidence
- Promotes high academic achievement, positive citizenship, and better attendance.
Other state athletics associations for charter schools include the CSAA in New York City. In 2004 this sports association was founded by several dedicated charter school athletic directors. They developed a resolution to allow charter school students to compete in tournaments and sports competitions. “All charter schools, particularly middle and high schools, face the same challenge: how to provide a quality athletic program that satisfies the needs of the students without draining the school’s budgets,” says CSAA Founder Ty Moore.
New York City’s charter athletic goals mirror those of the UCSSA.
- Motivate students to maintain good academic grades
- Showcase the athletic talents of charter school students
- Organize charter schools with interscholastic teams
- Encourage sportsmanship
- Give charter school communities athletic outlets
- Intensify the level of school pride
- Increase student collaboration between charter schools
- Encourage parent participation, volunteer and community involvement
- Assist in developing the relationships among charter schools
- Prove a friendly competitive arena among students.
Let’s look at other state charter school academic and athletic leagues. One example is the Texas Charter School Academic & Athletic league who recently announced their membership with the National Federation of High School Sports Associations (NFHS). The charter schools in Texas work alongside other state member organization like the University Interscholastic League (UIL) and the Texas Association of Private and Parochial School (TAPPS). All organizations contribute to the sports education of all students.
The Massachusetts Charter School Athletic Organization was organized in 2005 to provide thousands of charter school students with high-quality athletic opportunities. MCSAO has grown from nine schools and two sports to over 50 member schools and 12 sports. MCSAO serves both the high school and middle school students. The organization strives to teach values that include discipline, teamwork, and sportsmanship. MCSAO, like the Texas organization and Utah’s state sports organization, place importance on academic success rather than dwelling on sports.
Charter schools offer academics, sports leagues, and state organization to allow students to excel. America Preparatory Academy is part of a sports league that offers its students the opportunities to play football, basketball, soccer, and other sports on teams that compete with other charter schools. The best charter schools in Utah do emphasize, character building, academics, and learning.