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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
Some interested visitors submitting program inquiries to our school up to 2020-01-24 were from:

London, UK & England;   Shreveport Louisiana;   Kissimmee, fl;   Kingston, Jamaica;   Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Germany;   Brooklyn / NY;   Melbourne, Australia;   Vancouver, Canada;   melrose park, il;   St Thomas;   and more.
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The Sagemont School has well established contacts with quality Colleges and Universities in Florida and the south east region.

The Sagemont School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) which validates our curriculum as college preparatory. Additionally, we are accredited by the Association of Independent Schools of South Florida (AISF) which identifies us as one of the premier private schools.
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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 from South Carolina and across the United States.

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.
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.

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Co-educational Day & Boarding Programs for Grades 9-12:

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- Mathematics
- Science
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- Art
- Spanish
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- Physics...
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Courses / Programs
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Safe Harbor Maritime Academy
Courses / Programs
Safe Harbor Maritime Academy in Jacksonville, Florida, is a Christian residential education program for struggling teenage boys, aged 14-1/2 to 17.

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Residential Maritime Education Program for struggling teen boys ages 14-17:

- Therapeutic boarding school environment
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Gateway Military Academy
Courses / Programs
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Christian Residential Military School Program:
- For troubled boys ages 11-17:

- Middle School (Grades 6-8)

- High School (Grades 9-12)

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