Ignite Your Passion at CalPac May 16, 2017

Ignite Your Passion at CalPac

How a Personal Education is Helping CalPac Eighth Grader, Maxi, Pursue Her Passion for Tennis

Education should enrich lives, not dictate them. At CalPac, students enjoy a flexible yet fully guided online program that leaves plenty of time in the day to pursue their passions. Take, for instance, CalPac eighth grader, Maxi. At age 14, Maxi is already making a name for herself in tennis. She’s traveling around the world, climbing the junior rankings, and loving every minute of it—all while serving aces in the classroom as well. Here’s how Maxi balances her education and tennis like a true professional.

Planning School Around Tennis, And Tennis Around School

Maxi usually gets a head start on her school day by beginning her coursework with her father, Gerald, at 7:30 a.m. She attends a virtual homeroom from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., after which she continues working on her assignments. Maxi is currently taking math, social studies, language arts, science, and physical education. With only one set-time class—a live online session from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.—she can change most of her class schedule around as she sees fit.

On most days, the end of Maxi’s online session means it’s time to lace up her shoes and hit the tennis court. She practices for roughly three hours per day. If she ever feels she is behind on her schoolwork, she will voluntarily trade an hour or two of tennis for the extra study time.

“I never want to let my grades slip,” Maxi says. “Whether I’m planning school around tennis or tennis around school, I can always find a way to balance both.”

Dialing in to the Competition

Being a competitive athlete means bringing your A-game every time you step onto the court. When Maxi is traveling for tennis, she is able to communicate directly with her teachers to rearrange her schedule accordingly. For example, when Maxi was competing in Florida’s Junior Orange Bowl (one of the most prestigious junior tennis tournaments in the world), she had to miss several live sessions. The staff at CalPac encouraged her to focus on tennis for the week and make up the live sessions upon her return by submitting assignment notes.

“All of the teachers are so nice and understanding,” Maxi says. “I can get help if I’m ever confused in a subject, and don’t have to stress about school while I’m in big tennis tournaments.”

Maxi’s words capture precisely the goal of CalPac’s online learning: to enable students to pursue their passions with the same level of focus that they apply in school.

Honor Roll and On a Roll

Maxi says she loves tennis because she gets to move freely. With that same freedom in school, she is able to excel across the board. Maxi recently made CalPac’s honor roll and is determined to keep making As in her classes. Meanwhile, she recently won an international doubles tournament, and has her sights set on next winning a national title in singles. Qualifying for her first US Open Junior Championships within the next year or two is also a very realistic goal.

 “She’s working hard in the classroom and on the court,” says Gerald. “She has a bright future ahead, and we’re grateful to have a flexible educational program like CalPac to allow her to travel, grow, and live in the moment.”

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