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ABOUT XCEED

DME Sports is excited to announce we are partnering with Xceed Preparatory Academy (www.xceedprep.org), to be our exclusive school for our academy students beginning in August 2019. The Xceed model is designed to meet the unique needs of elite middle and high school athletes, as well as non-athlete students. The Xceed educational model provides personalization, online curriculum, flexible schedules and attentive in-person academic staff preparing students for college and beyond.

Important Facts About Our New School Partnership:

  • Our blended educational model combines on-site teachers online curriculum for grades 6-12
  • We are a fully-accredited school that offers NCAA approved core courses as well as AP and Honors courses
  • On-site teachers ensure that students receive the socialization and personal attention that they deserve
  • Xceed meets all Florida graduation requirements for college acceptance
  • Each student has a Personalized Learning Plan (PLP) designed to meet their individual goals
  • The PLP is created by the Head of School, parent/guardian and the student
  • The PLP includes what courses are taken, when they are taken, how many courses are taken at a time and when the student will be on campus
  • Student schedules are made to be flexible based on individual needs

Our model blends the best educational practices combining on-site Teachers with online curriculum

Teachers facilitate student progress and provide support individually or in small groups

Personalized Learning Plans and flexible schedules created for each student

Robust curriculum delivered online by nation’s top provider

MISSION

Xceed Preparatory Academy prepares students for college and beyond using personalized learning approaches for students who want the flexibility to pursue their own interests and talents in a supportive, innovative environment.

HISTORY

Xceed’s founders, Drs. Brent Goldman and Richard Goldman, have been two of the top private school leaders in South Florida for several decades. Richard Goldman was the Dean of Graduate Education at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) for 20 years. He and his team were pioneers in the development of distance and internet-based education at NSU. In 1996, Brent and Richard co-founded The Sagemont School in Weston, Florida. Under Brent Goldman’s leadership the school grew to more than 800 students and sent graduates to universities such as Harvard, Princeton, Columbia and Vanderbilt. Additionally, Brent and Richard have co-founded and held leadership positions in a variety of highly successful education ventures, including the University of Miami Online High School, Another Generation Preschools and Smart Horizons Career Online Education, which is McDonald’s official high school.

THE XCEED DIFFERENCE AT A GLANCE

What are some of the ways that the traditional school model holds back (or at least doesn’t help) today’s students? How is Xceed different? We will explore these things in more detail, but you can sum up the differences by saying Xceed Preparatory Academy delivers personalized education that is flexible and structured around the needs of your child and their goals. Here is a side- by-side comparison that many students and parents find helpful.

TRADITIONAL SCHOOL MODELXCEED PREPARATORY ACADEMY’S EDUCATION MODEL
One-size-fits-all schedule and classesSchedule and classes are based on individual student needs
Hundreds of students in each grade levelWe keep the traditional grade-level structure, but each campus is small by design with no more than 35–50 students on campus at a time, creating a tight-knit learning community
All students take 45- or 75-minute block classes on the same bell-and-lunch scheduleStudents study courses as long as they need and switch to other courses when they are ready
Fixed school day hours and school year breaksParents and students create a daily, weekly, and yearly study schedule that meets their priorities
Lessons are taught generically for the “typical” student on a bell curve averageEvery student creates a Personalized Learning Plan with their Head of School that is tailored to their learning needs and future goals — and is refined with their teachers as they make progress
Many students compete for a fraction of one teacher’s attention during limited class timeStudents always have access to teachers who know them personally and clearly understand their learning needs and goals
Athletes and performing arts students are under more pressure or need to work harder to make up time spent practicing or traveling for competitionAthletics, performing arts, and all kinds of extracurricular priorities outside of school fit seamlessly into the structure for studying that students and parents choose and agree on with their teachers
Communication between teachers and parents is very limited and often non-existentParents have personal, frequent, open, and direct communication with the teachers and Head of School
Thousands of students share a very limited number of school and college counselor resourcesEvery high school student receives monthly one-on-one college counseling from the very first meeting with Xceed until graduation

POST GRAD

Our post grad program is designed for students who need one extra year before they become collegiate student athletes.  While part of this designation is focused on athletic training, we also assist our post grad students with the final academic pieces of their applications.  This involves facilitating additional classes they may be taking, providing test prep to help them meet required SAT/ACT scores and even assistance with the completion of their college applications.  Like the rest of our academy, our post grad program is about whole student instruction not just athletic training.

LETTER FROM DAN PANAGGIO

Dear DME Parents,

I am excited to announce that DME Sports Academy is partnering with Xceed Preparatory Academy (www.xceedprep.org), to be our exclusive school and curriculum provider for our academy students beginning in August 2019.  Xceed, based in South Florida, currently has three schools in Broward and Miami-Dade County and its unique educational beliefs and approach has it poised for significant growth.    

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