Grande Sports Academy Joins Forces With Arizona State University to Prep Future Bright Minds

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CASA GRANDE, Ariz. – Grande Sports Academy is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with Arizona State University to open a new charter high school in Casa Grande, Arizona. ASU is currently recognized by U.S. News and World Report as the most innovative university in the United States, surpassing Stanford and MIT. The ASU Prep High School, Casa Grande, will be located on the Grande Sports Academy campus.

Beginning in August 2016, ASU Prep will serve students in grades 9-12 currently enrolled at the academy and students living in the Casa Grande area.

Arizona State University Preparatory Academy maintains a rigorous curriculum focused on the internationally acclaimed Cambridge Curriculum. This personalized student instruction promotes critical thinking and project-based learning while utilizing annual “Capstone” thesis-venture projects. Every graduating student of the 2015 Class was admitted to post-secondary study and awarded a combined amount of more than $3 million in college scholarships. Both ASU Prep high schools are on track this year to graduate 100% of the 2016 class.

Grande Sports Academy is home to one of only four, year-round residential soccer academies in the United States. Grande Sports Academy competes at the highest-level youth soccer league in the nation and serves as a training destination for youth, professional and national teams from around the world. Every year, more than 90 academy students, ages 14-18 participate in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, this 11-month program is comprised of the top 79 youth teams in the United States and Canada.

100% of Grande Sports Academy graduates have received a college scholarship or signed a professional contract, a total of 123 students have received college scholarships and 26 have signed professional contracts. Grande Sports Academy alumni have earned scholarships to prestigious academic and athletic universities that include current Division 1 NCAA Champion Stanford University, 2014 Division 1 NCAA Champion University of Virginia and soccer powerhouses – University of Maryland, UCLA, Wake Forest University, Clemson University, Georgetown University, University of Louisville, Marquette University and University of New Mexico.

On the international stage, 65 of GSA’s players have been chosen by their home country to compete for their nation’s national team during the past five years (48 for U.S. National Teams and/or 20 for foreign teams).

Two Grande Sports Academy players signed contracts with Liverpool and Manchester United in the last two years. Since opening six years ago, five athletes, have been designated Player of the Year by the U.S. Soccer Federation Development Academy.

About Grande Sports World

Grande Sports World is a $20 million athletic training center located in Casa Grande, Arizona, and has been recognized by US Soccer as the Best Training Facility in the United States. Grande Sports World annually hosts preseason for professional teams. Grande Sports World has hosted 15 MLS, five NASL, three USL teams and five National teams including two preparing for the U17 World Cup.    

About ASU Preparatory Academy

ASU Preparatory Academy is an innovative K-12 charter school where teachers, students and families share the same goal – college completion and successful lives beyond. Our mission is to afford students an optimum environment for learning, help them achieve their potential and ensure the appropriate level of college readiness. ASU Prep is ASU’s innovative PreK-12 grade charter school currently serving more than 2,000 students across four campuses in Maricopa County. ASU Preparatory Academy, Casa Grande will open Fall 2016. ASU Prep schools are highly performing schools, publicly funded, free to attend, and accept all students, space permitting.

About ASU

Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American Research University, creating an institution that is committed to access, excellence and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and ASU assumes major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it.

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