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Independent Study Programs
10,000 Hours of Intense Training to become an Elite Athlete
     Most athletes who have the raw talent necessary to achieve an elite level in a sport require intensive training sessions over a minimum of ten years according to the US Olympic Committee.

     Ice skating sports such as figure skating require an indoor year round regulation ice surface on which to practice and compete. Junior and Senior High School, college or university athletic departments rarely recognize ice skating sports as official school activities and even fewer provide financial support to fund the expenses to operate such programs. There are rare exceptions of men's ice hockey, a few women's ice hockey programs in cold winter areas where ice hockey is very popular, and synchronized ice skating teams
    For the most part, ice skating sports are under the auspices of national and international sports federations. Generally the individuals provide their own funding for training and competing. A few countries do provide governmental support, but that is not the case in the United States

     Ice rinks not associated with a school experience weekday down time that occurs after a figure skater leaves the rink to attend school in the morning (about 8:00 a.m.) until a different group of skaters finish school and come to the rink in the afternoon (starting about 2:30 p.m.).  This time slot doesn't attract many housewives, retired adults, or those who work the night shift. Some rinks can fill the time with pro or semi-pro hockey team practices.

     It is difficult to arrange a school schedule or a job's hours to take advantage of the relative empty daytime sessions. There are real benefits to the athlete who can skate at these almost empty sessions and provides an unexpected source of extra revenue for the rink. The less crowded daytime sessions allows the athlete to choreograph and run through their programs. Without the fear of someone getting in the way, the athlete is able to achieve the consistency that is only possible through increasing their cardiovascular levels and reducing their performance anxiety. 

     The possibility of inexperienced skaters, who can accidentally get in the way, can only be eliminated if there are enough skaters to divide the MITF and Free Skating sessions into equally balanced skill session to reduce the risk of a collision resulting in season ending injuries.

Elite/World Class Training Centers
     There are training centers that promote pair skating and ice dancing.  Ron Ludington, world, and Olympic coach, was able to run pair and dance training sessions from 11:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m. from Sunday night through Friday morning at the Skating Club of Wilmington, DE.  His program attracted skating teams from around the country. After his initial success, he became the Director of the Ice Skating Science Development Center on the University of Delaware campus in Newark.

     The University of Delaware Sports Medicine Clinic provides a comprehensive health care facility near the Ice Skating Training Center that is available to eligible skaters. A professional health-care staff and licensed physician are on duty to meet the needs of our athletes.
Charter Schools -

Charter School General Information - Resources (CA Dept. of Ed    
     Sept. 20, 2010 ... What is a charter school and information on how to start a charter school.

California - Starting a Charter School
     Starting a charter school in California. Starting a charter school requires a considerable amount of planning time prior to opening the school doors.

US Charter Schools

The legal definition of a charter school
can vary according by state. Consult a specific state's charter school law using the US Charter Schools State Profiles area.

Distance Learning & Athlete Training
Electronic access to educational options of charter school programs allows flexibility to train at off peak daytime hours.  K12 Virtual Academy and Connections Academy  offer a variety of opportunities provided by accredited virtual schools for students.

      These examples provide students the ability to live at home and participate in an online public school or private tuition based school offered online.  These options did not exist prior to high speed Internet access.

    Students receive a quality, individualized, K–12 education through the use of the latest technology, a proven curriculum, and highly qualified teachers. Such programs are better suited to individuals who are very goal oriented.

     Students who required a very structured learning involvement may experience difficulty flustering in this self directed environment.
Public School Charter Schools -

Ice Skating Facilities List
Skating Facility         
Aliso Ice Palace
9 Journey
Aliso Viejo, CA. 92656
 (949) 643-9648

River Springs Charter School     
     A free, K-12 public charter school that offers a wide range of educational opportunities and programs to help your child achieve his or her highest potential, whether that be in a classroom, online, or at home.

Sky Mountain Charter School    
      The SMCS charter has been approved by the Lucerne Valley Unified School District in Lucerne Valley, California. Sky Mountain Charter School is an independent study charter school. 

      It is managed by Innovative Education Management, a nonprofit public benefit educat- ion corporation who has managed a number of public charter schools in California since 1993. SMCS serves California students who reside in a six county area including San Bernardino, Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside counties.

Orange County High School of the Arts (OCHSA) is a 7th–12th grade public charter school located in downtown Santa Ana, Orange County, California. The school caters to middle and high school students with talents in the performing, visual, and literary arts.

Los Angeles County High School for the Arts
A tuition free, public high school with a full academic curriculum and specialized training in the music, dance, theater and visual arts.
Note:  Some public and private school administrators allow an athlete to leave the school grounds to train by devising a schedule of core classes that works around the athletes daily training.  They also assist by providing the class work so the student may keep current when they are off to compete in regional, sectional, national, world, or Olympic championships.
Recommended Reading:

Discovering Your Talents

Tutoring - Information Transfer

The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:

Prioritize an Athletes Education
PDF  Education & Athletes
Home Schooling in California
Orange County High School of the Arts
Tutoring - Information Transfer
Athlete Dormitory Facilities
Nurturing A Figure Skater

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