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IMG Academy, Manatee County:
Situated on a state-of-the-art 450-acre campus in Bradenton, south-west Florida, IMG Academy is an accredited Pre-K–12th grade college preparatory boarding school for ages 11 and up. IMG Academy is proud to provide a challenging and supportive academic and athletic program for student-athletes from all over the world. Over half of our students come from international backgrounds, and our student-athletes experience different cultures and become friends with others from around the globe.

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Residential Life:

IMG Academy houses boarding students in three areas on campus. Careful consideration is given with regards to placing your child into his or her housing environment. We always match student athletes based on gender first and age second. 

- Main Campus Housing:
Centrally located in the front of campus. It is where we typically place our younger students. 

- Champions Walk Housing:
Located behind our tennis courts, and many of our male students are currently housed in this area.  This area includes standard housing as well as limited opportunities for parents to purchase Upgraded Housing.

- Academy Park Villa Housing:
Located behind our baseball fields, and most of our female students are currently housed in this area.  This area includes standard housing as well as limited opportunities for parents to purchase Upgraded Housing.

Professional Quality Facilities:

In addition to the quantity, all facilities are of elite quality. Professional-quality facilities and immaculately maintained fields/surfaces are the standard on campus to ensure that there is no letdown in training - the type of environment typically only utilized by pro athletes.

Student Life Facilities:
- Residence Halls, apartments and villas
- Health Clinic
- Physical Therapy Clinic
- Junior and Adult Dining Halls
- Wellness Spa
- IMG Academy Sports Shop

Athletic Facilities:
- 12 soccer fields
- 2 lacrosse fields
- 4 basketball courts
- 2 football fields
- 52 tennis courts (hard, clay, indoor and outdoor)
- 3 full-size baseball fields and 4 practice diamonds
- 12 indoor and outdoor batting cage stations, 15 practice mounds
- 10,000 square-foot weight room, 4-lane track (2 turf lanes, 2 composite lanes), covered turf practice field
- 18-hole golf course, double-sided driving range, putting greens, multiple target greens for chipping/pitching

Academic & Athletic Development for Student-Athletes of All Ability Levels:


Academic Programs:
- Middle School
- High School
- SAT Courses
- Advanced Placement / Honors Courses

Post-Graduate Programs:
- Intensive English Post-Graduate Year
- Post-Grad High-School Program
- Post-Grad University Program 

English Language Programs:
- TOEFL Exam Preparation courses
- Intensive ESL Programs
- Part-time English Programs

Athletics:
IMG Academy features seven sport programs (Soccer, Baseball, Basketball, Bollettieri Tennis, Golf, Football and Lacrosse) as well as Athletic and Personal Development disciplines that facilitate improvement in areas like strength, speed, leadership, nutrition and more.

Teaching Methodology:
At IMG Academy, academic enrichment and athletic skill development represent only a portion of the training that student-athletes receive.

We instill the confidence that allows our student-athletes to aspire for anything that their mind can imagine, while providing the tools to help them reach those goals.

Frequently Asked Questions:


How many international students attend IMG Academy?
Over half of our students come from international backgrounds. If you are uncomfortable speaking English, you will find that many IMG Academy faculty and staff members are multilingual.

Do I need to be able to speak fluent English?
International student athletes do not need to be able to speak English fluently. However, we do expect students to have a basic proficiency level in order to participate in the classroom, particularly in high school.

Do I need a student visa? (International Students)
Most academic programs at IMG Academy are considered full-time study by the U.S. government.

If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you will need to obtain a student (F-1) visa or check the status of your current visa. Certain categories of visa holders are eligible to enroll, as well as certain dependents (spouse or children) of visa holders.

What does IMG Academy look for in a student-athlete?
IMG Academy looks for student-athletes who have a strong commitment to academics, athletics and personal growth. Student-athletes must be diligent in their school, sport and community duties, with a willingness to give their all in each area.

What is the minimum age?
It varies by sport: Baseball (age 11), Basketball (13), Football (11), Golf (8 for non-boarding, 11 for boarding), Lacrosse (14), Soccer (12), Tennis (8 for non-boarding, 11 for boarding).

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Address: 5500 34th Street West, Bradenton, Florida 34210, USA
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The Bolles School, Jacksonville
Courses / Programs
The Bolles School is a private, college preparatory school with an international reputation for excellence. Located in Jacksonville in Duval County FL, the school enrolls more than 1,700 boarding and day students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 on four campuses, Ponte Vedra, Whitehurst, Bartram and San Jose.

The Bolles School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Our students learn the importance of self-discipline, respect, personal responsibility and compassion.

The School preserves the tradition of excellence in preparing students for college and life, while providing a comprehensive breadth of learning opportunities and experiences.

For our boarding students, Bolles is a second home. With boarders in Grades 7-12 from more than 25 countries, the program offers diversity and a sense of family that enhances the Bolles experience. Shuttle buses transport boarding students to their respective campuses for school and other activities.

For students in Grades 7-9, the boarding program includes structured study time, room inspection and daily academic counseling. This prepares them for more independent living in Grades 10-12.
Co-educational Day & Boarding School Programs:

- Day Programs from Kindergarten through 12th Grade
- Boarding Programs for in 7th to 12th Grade
- Lower School
- Middle School
- Upper School
- Advanced Placement Courses
- English as a Second Language

- College Preparatory Curriculum with subjects including math, science, English, Spanish, French, German, Latin and other languages, social studies, history, fine and performing arts, physical education

- International students welcome
North Broward Preparatory Upper School, Broward County
Courses / Programs
The North Broward Preparatory Upper School (NBPS) is a co-educational pre-K-12 boarding and day college-preparatory, arts, and technology school in Coconut Creek, Broward County FL.

There are two programs at NBPS, one offering students the best of traditional school education, and the second for students with mild learning differences in a more personalized program.

We provide a rigorous preparation for college through academics, honor classes, AP classes, International Baccalaureate course options, enrichment programs and a technology center.

We are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Florida Council of Independent Schools.

Our idyllic location as part of the greater Miami/Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area, makes NBPS a fantastic place to live and study.

Our residential students from Grades 7-12 live on either of our two campuses in converted family homes or purpose-built accommodations which help foster peer support and a strong sense of family.
Co-educational Day & Boarding School Programs:

- Day Programs (Grades Pre-K-12)
- Boarding Programs (Grades 7-12)
- Traditional College Preparatory Program
- Lighthouse Point Academy Program for students with mild learning differences
- International Baccalaureate Program
- Advanced Placement Courses
- Performing Arts Program
- Technology Center
- Enrichment Programs
- College Guidance and Counseling
Lakeland Grace Academy
Courses / Programs
Conveniently situated in Polk County FL between Tampa and Orlando along Interstate 4, Lakeland Grace Academy is a private, accredited 40-bed Christian boarding school for at-risk girls ages 12-17.

Registered with the State of Florida and a member of the Florida Association of Christian Child Caring Agencies (FACCCA), we provide a 15-month wellness program to girls who are struggling with problems such as low self-esteem, depression, at-risk behavior and rebellion.

Our student residences are located in a 10,000 square foot home-like facility on acreage nestled in a middle class community in Lakeland FL.

Lakeland Grace Academy provides focused and individualized academic attention for the girls in its care. The focus is on improved study skills, which gives a competitive advantage in college.
Therapeutic and Academic Residential Program:

- Duration: 15 months (for Girls ages 12-17)

Features include:
- Individual and Group Counseling
- Academic Education
- Participation in Activities
- Great Campus Environment
- Qualified and Dedicated Staff Members
- Outreach Opportunities
- Christian Values
Rhodora J. Donahue Academy of Ave Maria
Courses / Programs
The Donahue Academy of Ave Maria near Naples on the west coast of Florida, is a classical day and boarding school in the Catholic tradition.

We offer a freshman through Senior high school (9th-12th grade) boarding option, in addition to our K-12 day program. Freshman and sophomore boarding students are considered for placement with a Host Family in the Town of Ave Maria. Juniors and seniors live in the Ave Maria University dormitories.

Our housing program is for college prep students with strong academic credentials and who will be completely "on Mission" with us academically and spiritually. This program is not for students struggling academically. This program is for mature and on-mission students.
Co-educational Day & Boarding Programs for Grades 9-12:

Classical Curriculum subjects include:
- History
- History and Literature
- Classical Studies
- Theology
- Mathematics
- Science
- Latin
- Art
- Spanish
- PE
- Physics...
Florida Prep
Courses / Programs
Situated in Melbourne FL, Florida Prep offers a premier college prep education to boys and girls in 6th - 12th grade. The school accepts day and 5/7 day boarders.

Our academic programs are based upon 21st Century Skills & Values, enhanced by exciting electives, clubs, sports and activities. Our classes are small in size and enjoy a low student-teacher ratio.

Florida Prep is just one hour from Orlando, two miles from Space Coast beaches and about 40 minutes from the Kennedy Space Center. Your child will have access to world-class entertainment and educational opportunities that students in other private boarding schools can only dream of.

Campus life at Florida Prep includes a student body comprised of approximately 200 students from 25 states and 20 foreign countries, including Europe, South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Russia, China and Korea.

An active Parent Association and faculty living on campus ensure your child will be surrounded by "a family away from home" at all times.
Co-ed College Prep:
- For students in Grades 6-12:

- Middle School Program (Grades 6-8)
- High School (Grades 9-12)
- Honors and Advanced Placement Program
- AP exams
- Dual Enrollment Program
- Optional Academic Programs: (SAT Preparation; Tutorial Math; TOEFL Preparation, ESL Tutoring)
- Optional Air Force JROTC Program
- Optional Flight Program
Turning Winds Academic Institute (TWAI)
Courses / Programs
Located in northwestern Montana, Turning Winds Academic Institute (TWAI) is an accredited, family-run, therapeutic boarding school for troubled teens (boys and girls) ages 13-18.

We welcome students from Georgia, across the United States, & students from around the world (TWAI is authorized to issue 1-20's for international students).

In our beautiful, peaceful, and safe location, we combine the benefits of a therapeutic boarding school, a wilderness program, and a residential treatment center (RTC).

TWAI has been serving struggling teens and their families since 2002, with an exceptional degree of success.

We provide an extremely high standard of therapeutic treatment to our students, and offer help for the following presenting issues: poor academic performance, behavioral problems, addictions, low self-worth, spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD, and attachment disorders among others.

With a passion for helping young people in crisis, our clinical, educational, and operations staff are among the best in the country.

We are a small program (40 students) which means that we are able to provide a truly unique and customized approach for every student.

Typically our on site student to staff ratio is 5:1. The average stay at our residential treatment center is 12 months.

Parent Testimonial:
"We feel reassured that our son Chad is in good hands being guided onto the right track...We are really beginning to get our son back again! We thank you from the bottom of our hearts."
Therapeutic Boarding School
For troubled teens ages 13-18

- Middle School Program
- High School Program
- Credit Recovery
- Accelerated Learning
- College Preparation/ AP Classes
- SAT/ACT Testing Center
- Anti-Bullying Program

We also provide a GED program, and college courses.

We create a customized program for each student that requires a minimum of 3 months. However, best results for lasting success are realized through 6+ months of treatment.

TWAI graduates average a 3.5 GPA. It is common for a student to complete 1.5 years of course work in 1 year.