NGLA ENROLLMENT ON THE RISE
NEXT GEN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY INCREASES ENROLLMENT FOR 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR
Student enrollment for the upcoming 2017-18 academic year at the Next Gen Leadership Academy ("NGLA") has more than doubled since the school first opened its doors in August 2016.
According to Samuel Gough, Headmaster, interest in NGLA has grown considerably throughout the past year as the Academy's name, brand and reputation has become known in local and regional youth soccer communities.
"The rapid and strategic growth of NGLA is evidence that an educational institution can take responsibility in personalizing the learning landscape," said Gough. "Parents have seen first-hand how our school model helps their child prepare for the world ahead, both from a college preparatory perspective and life skill readiness approach to success on and off the field."
Students are choosing NGLA over traditional public and private schools for three primary reasons:
- Personalized academic support, mentorship and instruction;
- Smaller student-to-teacher ratios: NGLA offers students an 8:1 classroom experience; and
- Access to world-class soccer coaches, character and leadership development professionals and college advisory services.
Student achievement in academics and athletics is an underlying theme of the Academy and appeals to children and families who value cooperative learning, leadership development and character education through sport. NGLA pupils achieve on and off the field, both as soccer players, students and leaders in their respective communities. Students who enter NGLA do so with a passion for learning, sport and community service. The Academy strives to give students the tools they need to do well in their course work, graduate, and matriculate into college.
During the 2016-17 school year, 21 Academy students achieved Honor Roll distinction as determined by Connections Academy, NGLA's official partner for online education and learning. Gough envisions that number to grow as more students take greater P.R.I.D.E. in their studies and balance the time needed to complete classwork and other assignments prior to soccer training.
"We pride Next Gen on offering developmental opportunities in inspirational learning environments," said Jeff Bookman, Co-Founder of Next Gen USA and Technical Director. "All of our families should come and see what an inspirational learning environment actually looks like. Sam and his team have done such an amazing job of blending soccer and academics, it’s no wonder the kids look forward to coming to school everyday."
Led by Principal Gough, who has advanced degrees in educational administration, leadership and supervision, NGLA is regarded by students and parents as a safe and welcoming place for youth to engage in hands-on learning that promotes self-discovery, guided practice and mentorship in small class environments.
According to Josh F., an upperclass student from Northern New Jersey, what he learned during his first year at the Academy and it all leads to the importance of time management, self-discipline and leadership:
"Learning leadership skills every day about how I can set my own future led me from a B student in regular classes at my old public school to a straight A student in honors courses at NGLA. This has also increased my level of play in the beautiful game tremendously.”
People ask if NGLA is accredited and we’re happy to share that the school has received accreditation from a number of bodies, including AdvancED, The Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Council on Accreditation & School Improvement, The Middle States Association of Colleges & Schools, and The Northwest Accreditation Commission. NGLA is also a registered entity with the New Jersey Department of Education and classified as a non-public school.
NGLA's educational philosophy on learning hinges on the incorporation of each individual child's intrinsic motivation to advocate for themselves and peers, and by doing so, generate student agency, advocacy and advancement.
"Instead of starting with standards, curriculum and prescribed pathways, we are unequivocally and irrevocably starting with the child and his or her dreams," said Gough. "This places leadership, opportunity and confidence firmly in the hands of whom education was always intended."
NGLA soccer teams will play a full schedule of games during the 2017-18 school year with friendlies and other competitions scheduled against the youth academies of D.C. United, New York Red Bulls and the Philadelphia Union, among others. In addition, NGLA Academy teams will play against various youth clubs that participate in U.S. Soccer's Developmental Academy such as Lehigh Valley United, Match Fit Academy, NJSA, and World Class Soccer.
Pre-season training and testing is currently underway at NGLA under the direction of Scott Middlemass, Technical Director for the Academy. Players are undergoing a battery of physical fitness exercises and conditioning as well as participating in small-sided games in order to prepare for scrimmage matches against local and regional opponents.
When asked about pre-season, Middlemass spoke of the desire to play, learn and prove their mental and physical toughness: "Ask a young player if they want to play at the next level and his arm will shoot up in the air. NGLA pre-season camp implements next level preparation mentally, physically, technically and tactically for its players to help them get to whatever level they will achieve."
One of NGLA’s primary goals is to make college education a top priority for every Next Gen USA student, and through the launch of the Next Gen USA Leadership Foundation, we are mobilizing our community to proactively advance that goal – each individual, over a lifetime, in every way he/she can.
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