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Georgia Elite Sports Academy Inc.

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Our educational leaders are stretched thin due to budget cuts; we want to be an extension of them. Georgia Elite Sports Academy, Inc. plans to facilitate our student athlete’s transition throughout each level of education from elementary to middle to high school to college and to the professional level. We plan on doing this by offering free tutoring and test prep, monthly progress reports on each participant so that we can bridge the gap between academics and athletics and define our kids greatness in sports by their how the succeed in the classroom as well as on the field. GESA, Inc. will also provide scholarships for participants who stay in our program for a period of time and meet our programs standards.

Academic Policy
Georgia Elite Sports Academy, Inc. is a non-profit youth development organization first, not a YOUTH SPORTS ASSOCIATION. With that being said we have a standard in place that requires all of our participants to perform adequately in the classroom before permitting them to play any of our sports. We believe that the standards we have set give these children a sense of responsibility and an appreciation for academics and athletics that will help them develop later on in life. Everything that we do is to prepare them for the “next level”, whether that’s middle school, high school, college or just life in general. Like such organizations as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Federation of High Schools (NFHS), GESA, Inc. has academic guidelines and criteria that need to be met in order for a child to participate in our youth football program.

Proof of satisfactory progress in school is required. A 2.0/70% or the equivalent shall be the minimum grade point average acceptable to participate. All participants are required to furnish a valid report card from the previous semester at the time of registration or no later than June 1, 2016. NOTE: This rule as it relates to academic grades may not be made less stringent by any team or coach, as other rules may be. No participant will be allowed to participate in any GESA, Inc. related football games or practices if they have not met the GESA, Inc. academic requirements.

Academic Programs

Academic Accountability
Our Academic Accountability Program places emphasis on our children’s academic performance and their behavior in the classroom and at home. We facilitate this through a 3-way relationship that we cultivate between parents and teachers, who provide input to coaches via our bi-weekly academic progress report.

Our Academic Accountability involves our local schools in this process, and through relationships with our local schools system, our parents, and other schools in our community, we hold our athlete’s accountable for schooling and home behavior! This is a part of our effort to emphasize the STUDENT part of the phrase, “Student-Athlete”. Each month we will honor one participant from each grade level as our STUDENT-athlete of the month based on their academic accountability. Together we will continue to achieve great success! Click HERE for our bi-weekly academic progress report.

Academic All-American
The Georgia Elite Sports Academy, Inc. Academic All-American Program is open to all GESA, Inc. participants who are in good standing the current year in which they participate in any of our programs. This program was created to honor our brightest and most talented students, by showing them that academic success is more important, than athletic success. These students demonstrate how GESA, Inc. is fulfilling part of its mission by building futures through learning and athletics. The students chosen for this award have made academic excellence a priority in the pursuit of their education. The GESA, Inc. Academic All-American Program requires COMPLETE participation in all GESA, Inc. academic programs and a minimum 90% grade point average to apply for Academic All-American status.

Academic All-American Selection Process: Click HERE for application
• A final score is calculated for each student that consists of up to 100 points (85%) for the student's grades for the prior school year, along with up to 18 points (15%) awarded for the attached Addendum sheet of activities and achievements.
• Once the scores have been calculated, First Team Academic All-Americans are selected. The top participants per grade (plus ties) are selected as GESA, Inc. First Team Academic All-Americans.
GESA, Inc. will announce its annual Academic All-Americans via the GESA, Inc. website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram each year by December 21st. Each scholar will receive an informational packet in the mail by the end of December that includes a congratulatory letter from GESA, Inc. indicating their scholastic accomplishment and a certificate of achievement for Academic All-American status. All of our winners will also attend our yearly awards banquet to be held in January where they will once again be honored for their accomplishments.

GESA, Inc. Summer Reading Program
To ensure that Georgia’s students don’t fall behind while school is out of session, the Georgia Department of Education is working alongside the Get Georgia Reading campaign, the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, and the Council of Chief State School Officers to encourage summer reading. All students are challenged to read every day this summer, for at least 15 to 30 minutes. Parents and students are encouraged to visit the Find a Book, Georgia website and make a Summer Reading Pledge. Then they can use the site to find book recommendations throughout the summer, all tailored to a student’s interests and Lexile score. (If the child’s Lexile score is not known, the site can estimate reading level based on answers to a few simple questions.)
Suggested summer reading goals for students based on grade levels are:
• K-2 students: 10 books
• 3-5 students: 8 chapter books
• 6-12 students: 5 fiction books and 5 non-fiction books
Students need strong reading skills in order to be successful at school and, later, in the workplace. Research shows that students who read proficiently by the end of third grade are more likely to be successful later in life. Students who fail to meet this milestone falter in the later grades.
“Georgia’s Summer Reading Challenge will provide access to the language nutrition that all children need, year round, to succeed in school," said Arianne Weldon, director of Get Georgia Reading – Campaign for Grade Level Reading. "Use of summer reading resources supports a climate of learning in the home and community during the summer months, and assists as a bridge to the next school year."
Research has found that when children leave the structured environment of the classroom for summer break, many stop reading – and their reading abilities start to slip. Strong readers plateau. Struggling readers fall even farther behind.

GESA, Inc. will partner with the Henry County Library System to meet the summer reading challenge. We will meet on Thursdays in June and July at the McDonough Public Library. Students will register for the summer reading challenge and receive a certificate and free book from the library upon completion. And all students that meet the minimum summer reading requirements, which include weekly check-ins and proper documentation, will attend our end of summer celebration with food, fun and games. At this event we will honor them for all of their hard work over the summer to improve their reading skills. **Click Here to download all of the necessary Summer Series Paperwork**
The library will provide a folder with a reading log and information regarding the reading program. Parents and/or students must have a library card to participate and check out books. If you do not have a library card, you can sign up for one at your local library or at the first meeting June 2nd. Please visit https://www.lexile.com/fab/GA/ to get started and determine your child's Lexile measure. Lexiles can be used to target reading materials for the student in order to maximize learning and growth.

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