How New Schools Balance Athletics with Academics
Many parents and students have expressed frustration over the demands of developing gifted athleticism alongside the rigors of high school curriculum. While each school’s fundamental objective is to educate students, many argue that encouraging athleticism, training, and building teamwork also significantly contribute to a student's overall development. While many teens are forced to sacrifice grades in order to balance the demands of a sport, select schools have begun experimenting with new athletic programs to challenges the status quo.
In America, students who attend charter schools often do not have opportunities to participate in school sports. According to Jack O’ Brien, the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Charter School Athletic Organization, “All charter schools, particularly middle and high schools, face the same challenge: How to provide a quality athletic program that satisfies the needs of the students without draining the school’s budget.”