Sports Concentration Promotes Academic Success
Inhopes of increasing its student enrollment and improving its athletic programs Alexander Galt High School has committed to its third year of a Sports Concentration Program. The program has gained a great deal of popularity in the last two years as indicated by the increasing enrollment of students into the program.
Galt has evolved and improved its academic and athletic programs so that the students have a wide variety of choices depending on their interest level and the Sports Concentration Program is no exception. This has all been made possible thanks to the intuitive thinking of its dedicated teaching staff and administration. An increased presence in the elementary schools to help promote the program and the transition to high school has been successful and will continue.
The reasons students and parents are choosing the program is because they get to practice and train on specific sports with their friends and miss no classes while doing it. The students enjoy training for their sports so much that they make sure to complete their schoolwork and maintain a good average. Upon entering and staying in the program the students must demonstrate a good academic standing, behaviour and work ethic. The students in the program do not compete against other schools, but only amongst themselves to perfect their skills.
The students in levels 1, 2 and 3 have the choice of training on a different sport each term such as soccer, hockey, basketball and badminton or they can choose to train on the same sport multi times depending on their level of interest. The academic choices within the program are also very appealing for parents as well as the students have the choice of taking the Bilingual Program in which 50% of their day is taught in French or the Core Plus Program in which 35% of their day is taught in French at the cycle one level.
Tanya Grapes Littlejohn has sent her son Matthew in the program for two years and said,
“The sports program far exceeded our expectations, Mathew has had the chance to learn new skills in the sports that he chose in the program but more important than that, he has excelled in his academic work with the encouragement of his teachers. He looks forward to school every day and has already signed up for the sports concentration program again next year.” Regardless of what they choose, students can leave Galt with a bilingual education while perfecting their athletic skills in as many sports as they want and become well-rounded good citizens for society. Enrick Jutras Plante is in his first year of the program and was uncertain about the program when he arrived, but he said, “the program is fun because you get to choose many different sports if you want and I get to learn two
Students get to try out different sports in Galt’s Sports Concentration Program.