High Performance Program
El Paso County School District 49, located in the eastern region of Colorado Springs, strives to be the best education choice for every family. District 49 through the iConnect Zone is launching a new project to serve student groups with various unique talents. Students will have the opportunity to earn a high school diploma while developing specific athletic and creative skills at an elite level.
In partnership with the United States Olympic Committee, National Governing Bodies (NGB) and high performance organizations in Colorado Springs, the iConnect Zone has outlined a structure that will allow high school level athletes and participants to train and compete in the best possible environment while meeting their goals of earning a high school diploma. The program will inspire students to achieve real and meaningful challenges and will surround them with nurturing support to accomplish ambitious goals of becoming world-class performers while receiving a world-class education.
Student academic progress will be accomplished at District 49’s Springs Studio for Academic Excellence (SSAE). This partnership will provide a full-time flexible, online and blended education opportunity for students. Additionally, the NCAA Clearinghousecertifies all courses at SSAE. The program will provide the environment to advise students on the pathway to post-secondary success, to include pre-college counseling, athletic and academic scholarships support, financial aide support, and college entrance assessments. Students who are interested in continuing their education beyond high school can obtain an associate college degree through District 49’s Pikes Peak Early College (PPEC).
The Coordinator of Special Student Projects will work directly to build, monitor, and adjust the appropriate programming to meet the students’ rigorous training, competition, and academic needs. The coordinator will provide additional administrative attention needed to engage the students and to maintain the integrity of the program. The coordinator will also provide a high-quality robust educational structure as part of the overall effort to foster student success. As the program continues to grow, the administartor will remain committed to finding proactive and innovative solutions to balance the need for every student.