AESA Prep Academy: Academic Excellence for Athletes & Scholars

Uploaded by TexasCIE on 14.07.2011

Barbara Garza: I'm Barbara Garza and
the Head of School for AESA Prep Academy.
AESA Prep Academy has been probably something that I've been dreaming about -
thinking about - for a long time. Throughout my career, I've been watching
kids who
are in athletics, who are in fine arts, students that need
more training time then the traditional student does. And my oldest boys are in
tennis and I've watched their struggles and their friends struggles as
they try to assimilate their training in with like a seven hour traditional school day
and it's completely out of balance for everybody. It's out of balance for the
kids, for the parents.

Maggie O'Meara: I was struggling in public school, balancing
school work and tennis. Because I played
three hours after school of tennis
and then I had like 2 hours of homework and it was hard.

Jessica Ramsey: I learned about the AESA Prep Academy when
I actually came to the polo club and I was playing tennis
here first. And I met Barbara
and she talked to my dad and
they decided to start a school because I had decided I wanted to be home schooled
for my last two years of high school.
So we got together last year and
put a school together
and it turned into this.
We play twenty hours a week here and it's very
tough, so
having a flexible schedule
with this school really helps.
BG: Having..
having UT High School curriculum
having that available to us to use in our classes - and have our teachers
teach using that curriculum -
it makes.. it makes all of this possible because
their curriculum is really rigorous.
It's tough.
It's very hard. If you can make it through these courses - do well in these
courses -
you are totally ready for college.
MO: I found AESA Prep Academy
and saw the flexible schedule and
I thought it would work.. and it did.
BG: On the first day of school this year, my son, Adrian, who's seventeen, he had a stroke.
Adrian Garza: I couldn't really see for a few weeks, you know.. and
once I did near the end.. I did start being able to see, you know, it was still very.. it was just nauseating.
Like.. it just hurt to open up my eyes.
and the whole right side of my body just didn't function the way it
did before.
So, I just couldn't play for a long time
But yeah, it gave me a greater appreciation for the tennis game.
[court sound]
BG: From an educational standpoint,
if that had happened
and we have been attending like a traditional public or
private school,
it could have meant that Adrian might have to repeat that grade.
But because we were
partnered with UT High School and the
flexibility that they allow when we teach the courses,
it allowed Adrian to recover from the stroke.
And then, so, not only did he..
he didn't have to give up his academics and it also meant that he
could continue training with his tennis once he had recovered from the stroke.
So, if this had happened in a traditional setting
he probably would be looking at having to repeat his year
which that would have had
big repercussions also going on having to...
you know, going on to play college tennis later on as well. So
it's very fortunate for us that we're partnered with UT High School.
JR: Taking classes from the UT High School
has really helped me meet my goals
because it's very flexible and
I can take my courses with me to tournaments and
be able to work on it
whenever I need to.