Aspiring opera singers attend Juilliard. Entrepreneurs in training go to the Wharton School. And if your kid wants to be the next sports phenom, you may need to send him or her to IMG Academy, a sports school operated by the global sports and media company IMG. I visited the campus to explore the method that’s helped the school send more than 60% of its graduates to Division I colleges—2% straight to the pro leagues. Instantly I wished I were 14 again.
Situated in Bradenton, FL, the pre-K-through-grade-12 boarding school began as the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy. Bought by IMG in 1987, it has since expanded to provide coaching in eight different sports while educating nearly 1,000 kids. Some 98% of Academy grads go on to attend college (including high-end schools like Harvard) and 57% of them receive athletic scholarships (compared with 2% of high school students nationwide). Half the students go to class in the morning and work out in the evening; the other half follow the opposite schedule.
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