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SPIRE Swimming Academy

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Located at SPIRE Institute, a United States Olympic and Paralympic Training site and FINA Training Center, SPIRE Academy is an international high school and postgraduate academy focused on developing and preparing athletes to be successful in swimming. 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 athletes reach their maximum potential.

The SPIRE Academy Swimming Program is dedicated to helping each swimmer reach his or her dreams.  The SPIRE Institute provides a unique opportunity to train at the heart of the Olympic Movement.  The training facilities are some of the best in the world and the coaching is world class.  Combined with FUEL, SPIRE Performance, and our Mental Skills training, the opportunity for success is at your fingertips.

The training is based upon the individual needs of each athlete with a high level of focus on technique.  We emphasize range of motion and flexibility and use a wide variety of methods to improve those skills.  With a variety of elite athletes from around the world, we cultivate a competitive and positive training atmosphere. Aquatics Director and Head Coach Thad Schultz is a former national champion and has worked with nine Olympians, four of whom were gold medalists. 

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 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 in the water!

Typical Daily Schedule 

Time Schedule
8:00am-10:00am Swim Training
10:00am-10:30am Breakfast
10:30am-12:30pm Rest/Lunch
12:30pm-1:00pm SPIRE Performance
3:00pm-4:30pm Swim Training
5:00pm-6:30pm Educational Session
6:30pm-7:30pm Dinner
7:30pm-8:30pm Rest time

*Schedule subject to change


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.

Postgraduate Academics:

Postgraduate student-athletes at SPIRE Academy are students who have already graduated high school (Grade 12). Postgraduates have the opportunity to begin taking college courses through Kent State University at 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. Questions 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 postgraduate 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, and 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 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 postgraduates 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 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.


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.


"The preparation and training of our athletes are the basis for great performances in our top-events. Therefore, FINA is pleased to work with SPIRE Institute as one of our worldwide training partners. Its reputation, its technical staff and the level of its facilities are a guarantee for an optimal preparation for our Aquatic athletes."

-Dr. Julio C. Maglione

FINA President

“My favorite part of training at the SPIRE Institute is the work done at SPIRE Performance and in the pool. Also the way the schedule is tailored for the athlete is great."

-Corey Ollivierre

Academy Swimmer

Our Aquatics Team

Bringing the world of water to life!

Thad Schultz

SPIRE Swimming Director

Thad Schultz has previously coached at Ohio State University, Penn State University and Clemson University. 

Joshua Ptak

Aquatics Facility Director

Josh brings over 10 years of experience in aquatics managment, event coordination, and facility maintenance to the SPIRE Institute team.