Our mission is to provide our student athletes with the highest caliber of college preparatory education while teaching them invaluable life skills, which will serve as a solid foundation for the rest of their lives. We do all of this while still providing them with the highest level of youth soccer training. Our commitment to our student athletes is to academically prepare them for application and acceptance to the finest universities in the nation and physically prepare them for the finest teams in the nation.
Our commitment to providing an extraordinary education for our students led to a search of the most outstanding charter schools in Arizona. Our objective was to find a charter school that not only met our academic standards, but also had administrators and a faculty committed to assisting students in becoming all they can be. We were also determined to find a group of educators who were aligned with the core values – integrity, hard work, respect, discipline, selflessness, goal attainment, and commitment to excellence – that have been ingrained into the DNA of Grande Sports Academy.
Our teachers for the upcoming academic year are bright, talented and extremely well educated individuals who will foster an excitement about learning in our academy students. A low student-to-teacher ratio will ensure that each student obtains individual attention. In addition, faculty members will be available to provide special sessions to students needing or wanting additional assistance. Our 58,000 square foot, state-of-the-art training and conditioning center, adjacent to the dormitories, houses sixteen classrooms equipped with the very latest technology for multimedia instruction for our academy students.
Our goal is not only to provide the highest caliber of youth soccer training in the nation but also to provide our students with mentors who will have a lasting and positive impact on their values and goals. Our training and educational process will teach teamwork, responsibility, discipline, humility, self esteem and leadership. Our students will not only be able to compete at high levels of soccer, but will also learn, grow, and mature in a nurturing, friendly, and academic environment, giving them the personal foundation to become successful in their lives.
A successful combination of on-campus tutoring, high school academic advising, college eligibility advising, and general student-athlete support provided for our students during the 2010-2014 academic years helped to provide our student-athletes with the opportunity to attend higher education institutions such as: Stanford University, UCLA, University of Virginia, University of Louisville, Air Force Academy, University of New Mexico, Marquette University, University of Denver, and many other distinguished soccer and academic programs around the country. During the 2013-2014 academic year, we have already had students verbally commit to: University of Maryland: College Park, Marquette University, UCLA, Creighton University, Stanford University, and Princeton University. In addition, many of our players are on college coaches’ radars. A number of the college coaches have made multiple trips to Casa Grande to watch our student-athletes train. In addition, the RSL Academy coaches and supporting staff are in frequent communication with college coaches around the country as level of interest in our players is rapidly growing with the continuous success of the academy. Click here for a full list of college commitments.