NAHL signs two-year extension with Apex Learning Virtual School
August 10, 2018
The North American Hockey League (NAHL) is pleased to announce the continuation of their partnership with Apex Learning Virtual School to serve as the exclusive educational services partner of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) and the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) for the next two seasons.
Since 2014, Apex Learning Virtual School has been the exclusive online high school program for the NAHL, NA3HL, and NAPHL. Hundreds of hockey players from the NAHL family of leagues have completed their individual high school courses or graduated with a high school diploma. Whether at a training center, on the road, or at home, their program gives hockey players the flexibility to complete coursework at their own pace and on their own time.
As a fully accredited, diploma-granting online high school, Apex Learning Virtual School increases player access to high quality educational opportunities, enabling students to establish a strong academic foundation for college while sustaining the demanding schedule required for on-ice development and travel. Students complete course work on the schedule and at the location that best fits their routines. A catalog of more than 100 online courses includes NCAA-approved and Advanced Placement courses.
Players who have attended Apex Learning have been accepted to elite colleges such as Air Force Academy, Clarkson University, Holy Cross, Niagara University, Providence College, Norwich Academy, and West Point. During the 2016-17 school year, students scored 15% higher on the SAT than the national average. 65% of students who took AP courses scored a 3 or higher on an AP College Board exam, which is five percentage points higher than the national average of 60% for the same exams.
“We continue to receive some very positive feedback from our players, teams, and parents regarding their experience with Apex Learning Virtual School. The educational component is just as important as the on-ice component for the NCAA-bound player, so it is good to have a trusted and proven partner assisting us,” said NAHL Commissioner Mark Frankenfeld. “Their constant presence at our events and educational seminars have proven to be a very valuable asset as they provide education guidance as experts in the field.”
“At Apex Learning Virtual School, we are uniquely positioned to support the academic and scheduling needs of student-athletes,” said Erica Carlson, School Director for Apex Learning Virtual School. “Our students are successful due to our comprehensive curriculum, expert teachers, online tutor support and an engaging learning experience that generates exceptional student outcomes. The flexibility of our online learning experience allows us to customize programs to meet the learning needs, schedule and academic goals of individual players.”
Parents enroll students in either the full-time program or individual courses. Students in the full-time program can earn a diploma and can expect rigorous courses, expert teachers and experienced guidance counselors similar to a college preparatory private school. Teachers and staff monitor student performance and inform parents weekly about progress. Students enroll in individual courses to get ahead, recover a credit and fulfill specific requirements for graduation or for NCAA initial-eligibility certification status.