The North American Hockey Academy, located in Stowe, Vermont, offers girls in grades 8-12 and Post-Graduates the opportunity to receive an excellent education while pursuing a competitive hockey program for elite and developmental level athletes. Our goal is to prepare our student-athletes to play at the highest possible level, to find the right college or university academically and athletically, and to continue their high school education while participating in a high-performance hockey program.
Our program is unique. This program is for girls who are serious about their hockey development, their education and reaching their peak potential. In the pursuit of these goals we recognize and support the interrelationships between their athletics, academics and social development. We take a holistic approach in the development of our student-athletes in every facet of our program. Our staff is outstanding, and constantly available to all of our student-athletes to provide support and counseling to insure success.
We have a 100% college-placement record, and our graduates have become leaders on their college teams. A significant number of our players participate in the National Development Camps, and we have players on the National Teams in the US and Canada. Sport schools are a relatively new concept in North America, but have a history of success in many European countries. We work closely with our colleagues to define roles, share information and experiences and set the standard for the development of the 21st century athlete.
The core of the NAHA program is the academic and athletic program. We have a tremendous academic staff that works with our students in a tutorial-type program, where students continue the courses from their home schools while at NAHA. Athletically, our staff is internationally recognized for our utilization of innovative teaching methods as well as player development. We are extremely proud of our reputation for the development of players through the NAHA program.
In the fall and spring student-athletes are at home, at their high schools, with their families and friends. They arrive at NAHA in October where they continue to follow their school’s courses in our tutorial academic setting. This environment allows for individual teaching that fosters responsibility while allowing for flexibility to adapt to the training and competition schedule. Students that are strong academically explore areas and subjects that they would not have covered at home. Those in need of additional help in a subject flourish in this setting. Most students’ grades improve while in this learning environment.
Within the context of hockey, we believe in the development of the whole person, and a component of that is the experience that a player gains through her participation in the sport. The lessons learned through hockey assist in the growth of each player. These include the benefits of hard work, experiencing success and disappointment, self-improvement, acquiring discipline and respect while building confidence and self-worth. We place a premium on developing players that are responsible, accountable, problem solvers, can improvise and are good decision-makers. NAHA players become part of a team, and that team experience is a central theme carried through our on and off ice programs. Development and improvement of personal and team skill occur within our framework of teaching the game, and allows each player to reach her personal goals and peak potential.
Our goal is to provide an enriching, healthy environment where young athletes are challenged to seek their personal best.
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