Outstanding Classroom Experience Produce Results
JTCC has developed a successful individualized learning environment where the students are supervised and monitored by teachers to supplement an online curriculum.
The results speak for themselves. JTCC School graduates are well-prepared for the demands of playing top collegiate tennis and pursuing their education at a wide range of leading colleges and universities including Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, University of Virginia, UCLA, University of North Carolina, Duke, and Claremont McKenna College to name a few.
2020-21 is the 18th year that JTCC has collaborated with Laurel Springs School’s online curriculum to provide a tailored learning experience for JTCC students. Laurel Springs’ collegiate track is fully approved by the NCAA. JTCC’s School provides students with the flexibility required to train and compete at the highest levels of junior tennis while ensuring that everyone who graduates from the program is fully prepared for college.
JTCC students are in the classroom for two 2-hour sessions per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Students are also expected to complete coursework in the evenings and on weekends as in any traditional school. While students are on tournament travel, coaches coordinate study to make sure the students do not fall behind in their studies. JTCC’s philosophy emphasizes academic excellence and character-building side-by-side with the development of each player’s tennis game.
Mark Santangelo is a graduate of Yale University (B.A. History) and George Washington University (M. Phil., ABD, American History). He has taught history and other subjects at local colleges and private schools.
In addition to the Laurel Springs curriculum, JTCC offers SAT preparation and supplemental instruction and tutoring in subject fields. Resources in the Washington, D.C. area are integrated into the students’ learning experiences.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, students in the JTCC School during the 2020-21 school year are being given an option to either receive all academic support from our teachers and tutors in a fully virtual manner,; or a hybrid option where the students have one in-person class session with a very small group of other students, and the rest of their academic support received virtually. Virtual support, in either case, comes in 1-on-1 sessions via FaceTime, Zoom, or Google Meets, scheduled to work around the students’ training and fitness schedules. The school classroom is adhering to all mandated COVID protocols, with all students and staff fully masked at all times, strict adherence to social distancing, upgraded air filtration systems, no sharing of class materials, and restricted traffic flow patterns within the classrooms.