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ABOUT SPIRE ACADEMY

Located at SPIRE Institute, a United States Olympic and Paralympic Training site, SPIRE Academy is an international high school and post-graduate academy focused on developing and preparing student-athletes to be successful in college. Placing emphasis on academic, athletic, leadership, and character development, SPIRE Academy is the ultimate environment for cultivating strong minds, strong bodies, and strong character to help student-athletes reach their maximum potential.


SPIRE Academy’s basketball staff brings over 80 years of combined playing and coaching experience at the professional, collegiate, and high school level. While many of SPIRE Academy staff’s former players have gone on to play professionally in the NBA and overseas, the most prestigious aspect of the SPIRE basketball program is the staff’s successful placement of hundreds of athletes into collegiate programs.

SPIRE Academy’s basketball training is based on the principles of discipline, teamwork, consistency, leadership, and commitment. These principles, our staff's commitment, and our complete analysis of every aspect of your game, make it possible to reach your maximum potential on and off the court.

Student-athletes will receive one-on-one individual workouts, dedicated team practices, shooting sessions, evaluations, and video breakdown of their game.

Our world-class speed, strength, and agility center on campus is one of only two MJP Centers in the world. Overseen by Michael Johnson, a four-time Olympic track and field gold medalist, nine-time World Champion and world record holder, his training philosophy and technique has led to successful development of many NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, MLS, and Olympic athletes. MJP training is a large component of what makes SPIRE Academy student-athletes desirable at the collegiate level. Performance gains seen over the course of a school year will be monitored and charted to show growth.

Becoming stronger and faster while improving stamina and preventing injuries, SPIRE Academy student-athletes truly are college ready through MJP training. Each student’s performance program is personalized based on a functional movement screening that identifies strengths and areas for improvement. SPIRE Academy student-athletes typically have 3-4 performance sessions per week lasting 90 minutes each.

At SPIRE Academy, mental training is just as important as physical training. Student-athletes that take full advantage of mental training opportunities build confidence, maturity, and a mindset that is necessary for competing at the highest level. Student-athletes are taught that thoughts create feelings, feelings create actions, and actions create results. How you feel affects how you perform.

SPIRE Academy students meet with our Director of Mental Skills each week in an interactive setting to improve mental toughness, preparation technique, motivation, concentration, work ethic, positive self-talk, confidence, and much more. Student-athletes are also always welcome to schedule private sessions to discuss additional topics to gain the edge necessary for performing at their best on the court!

ABOUT OUR ACADEMIC OPTIONS

All academic options are reviewed first by our staff to make the proper recommendations for incoming students. Please contact our staff directly to learn more.

Post-Graduate Academics:

Post-graduate student-athletes at SPIRE Academy are students who have already graduated high school (Grade 12). Post-graduates have the opportunity to begin taking college courses through Kent State University- Ashtabula, re-take high school courses to improve grade point average, or enroll in SAT/ACT prep courses to improve test scores necessary for college entry. All of our academic options offered are designed to preserve 4-year college NCAA eligibility for student-athletes. Question about your eligibility or requirements to participate as a student-athlete at the college level can be directed to our Director of College Placement. At SPIRE Academy, improving academically opens up more options for post-graduate students at the college level via admittance and scholarships.

High School Academics:

High school students at SPIRE Academy are students in Grades 9-12. SPIRE Academy provides three academic options for high school student-athletes: private, public, and online. All three options are NCAA approved, high academic, college preparatory options designed to help students achieve success in the classroom with the individual attention and care of our staff. No matter if a student-athlete is already top in their class or needs academic development, SPIRE Academy offers solutions for all incoming students.

SPIRE Academy’s private and public school options provide a traditional classroom feel with an average student to teacher ratio of 12:1. Varying level of courses from standard to honors and AP courses, make both options able to accommodate each student-athlete’s individual needs. Please contact for more information to compare and contrast our traditional classroom options.

SPIRE Academy’s online course offerings are ideal for serious student-athletes. With the same full course offerings as our traditional classroom options, online courses provide more conducive schedule flexibility for a student-athlete in training. Overseen by our academic staff, our online high school student-athletes are able to receive one-on-one attention and guidance to achieve success in the classroom, while cherishing the unique ability to maximize their experience at SPIRE Academy.

All of our academic options follow a schedule similar to a college schedule with blocked times for academics separate from basketball training time. This allows SPIRE Academy student-athletes to truly be prepared to handle the rigors of being a college student-athlete upon graduation.

For more information on all academic options, please contact our Admissions office directly at 440-466-1002.

College Placement Services:

SPIRE Academy’s commitment to college placement is what separates us from other preparatory academies. Through a combination of athletic exposure and our staff’s holistic approach to the college search process, 100% of our graduating seniors and post-graduates have had options upon graduation to continue their collegiate career. Our philosophy with regards to recruiting is to identify college options where each student-athlete will have the opportunity to be successful academically, athletically, and socially. Through one-on-one meetings, each student-athlete will be guided on a planning process that involves researching colleges that provide the best fit, developing an appropriate timeline for decision making, becoming registered and qualified through the NCAA Eligibility Center, applying to schools of choice, guidance with financial aid and scholarships, and following through with the college admissions process.

SPIRE Fuel (dining on campus):

Every part of a student-athlete’s training at SPIRE Academy is world class. This includes the meal and nutrition program. SPIRE Academy students eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at SPIRE Fuel. All meals are all-you-can-eat buffet style and are included in the cost of tuition. From the custom grill, to the soup & salad bar, our staff works hand in hand with our student-athletes to provide healthy, nutritious, great tasting meal options that are the same as those we provide to professional athletes. In addition, our Director of Food and Beverage in conjunction with our performance coaches teach classes to SPIRE Academy students about proper nutrition for athletes. Our staff monitors the meal program to ensure our students are eating enough of the proper foods to maximize their training and development on the court. Customized nutrition consulting is also available for the serious student-athlete.

Housing:

Housing is included in the boarding student tuition rate. SPIRE Academy’s full time staff lives and monitors student-athlete housing 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Students live in air-conditioned amenity filled rooms. Our boarding students have access to swimming pool, Jacuzzi, fitness center, and a private student lounge.

Transportation:

All local ground transportation is included in tuition. Local ground transportation on our shuttles includes to and from all SPIRE Academy facilities (athletic and academic), as well as off-campus outings (shopping, activities, etc.) and any off-site doctor’s appointments.


 

Our Basketball Staff


Professionalism both on and off the court.

Bobby Bossman

SPIRE Academy Director

Bobby Bossman, the Director of SPIRE Academy has successfully built nationally ranked sports academies across the country.

John Kopcso

Associate Director

John Kopcso, Associate Director of the Academy, brings a collegiate coaching background that guides student-athletes through the national exposure and college recruiting process.

Jeff Byrd

Assistant Coach, SPIRE Basketball