School profiles and information about the MVS College Prep Classic:

01/07/2012

Academics and athletics: the new face of College Prep

On the weekend of January 13 and January 14, The Miami Valley School school will host the fifth annual College Prep Classic, a weekend varsity girls and boys basketball tournament that invites four teams to campus whose programs espouse a mission of college preparatory academics. The 2012 tournament finds a uniquely diverse collection of teams from four very different programs: boarding school, home school, charter school, and parochial school.
"The College Prep Classic is an opportunity to showcase The Miami Valley School students, facilities, and coaches in the context of a competitive basketball tournament," said athletic director Ken Laake . "Yet, we are strategic in our invitations to teams whose programs focus upon college-preparation and an appreciation for the scholar-athlete model." The four teams invited to campus this year demonstrate the diverse face of college-preparation as highlighted by their profiles below and special notes from their 2011-2012 basketball season:

The Linsly School
Wheeling, WV
The "east coast" is populated in historically successful boarding schools with rigorous academics and environments that turn college-preparation from an after-thought into an all-encompassing lifestyle. In the shadow of the Ivy League, the schools evolved into successful proving grounds for future leaders and the nation's elite. The Linsly School has preserved the timeless and essential values of hard work, respect, honor, honesty, and self-discipline within a challenging academic program and yet evolved a school that sheds the elitist stigmas of more stodgy east coast schools for a program that lives the motto, "forward and no retreat." As West Virginia's only independent boarding school, Linsly offers the westward expansion version of the classic boarding school--value focused but supporting the talents of the individual student for success in the 21st century. Athletics are an integral part of the Linsly program as they contribute to "physical well-being...through athletics, students learn that hard work, perseverance, sportsmanship, and teamwork count at least as much as winning."
The Linsly Varsity Girls capped their 2010-2011 season with a dramatic 30 point win over Toronto High School (OH).
The Linsly Varsity Boys began 2012 with a significant 36 point win over Shadyside High School (PA).

Butlerville Methodist Church
Bulterville, IN
"There were over 2.5 million students in the United States home-educated in the 2010-2011 academic year," said Dr. Brian Ray of a national homeschool advocacy group. He continued by indicating that since 2002, the growth rate has been 7% to 15% per year. Nearly half a million of these students are high school aged, and 90% are college-bound. Home schooling in the 21st century has used family networks, community groups, and social media to shed the stereotype of "low socialization" and "lack of resources." The Internet has brought the world into the home classroom. Conscientious parents and tutors engage in professional development and curriculum development through the plethora of resources at their disposal. Butlerville United Methodist Church is one of the best regional examples of a group of students with common values from a home-school environment who are engaged in competitive athletics and finding social interaction through community and sports involvement. According to their coach and pastor, each girl on the team is college-bound with high achievement on the national scholastic aptitude tests.
The Varsity Lady Wolves were runner-up to the state champions in their league in the 2010-2011 season.

General Chappie James Leadership Academy
Dayton, OH
Charter schools are an effect of the high stakes educational accountability created by mandated test results and the search for viable alternatives to failing school districts. Like public schools, charters are funded by tax dollars but generally have reduced rules and regulation structures defined by the school's charter. The General Chappie James Leadership Academy (CJA) was chartered in 2005 with a mission of providing a college preparatory environment for students who are residents of Dayton. The school's namesake General Daniel "Chappie" James, Jr. was a graduate of the Tuskee Institute and a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, who in 1975 became the first black American to reach the rank of four-star general. As an inner city charter school, CJA holds students accountable for their work ethic and achievement by maintaining high attendance rates and focusing student academic goals upon college preparation and often enrolling the first student in a particular minority family in college.
The Varsity Falcons beat Wesley Christian (KY) in a recent tournament with a final score of 69-55, and their non-league record is now 8-4.

Seton Catholic High School
Richmond, IN
Catholic schools participate in the evangelizing mission of the Church by integrating religious education as an important part of the secondary education. The Catholic Church operates the largest non-public, parochial school system in the world. Many Catholic schools have a focus on development of students as productive citizens and practitioners of the Catholic faith. Most utilize four guiding principles related to the Catholic identity of the school, education in regards to life and faith, celebration of life and faith, and action and social justice. Emphasis upon the role of education in developing a student's understanding of their faith combined with the tremendous success of Catholic post-secondary colleges and universities have primed traditional parochial schools to be college preparatory in their curriculum. In addition, parochial schools have traditionally been successful at utilizing extra-curricular activities, especially sports, as a tool for development of spirit, mind, and body. Seton Catholic has developed into the premier Catholic school in east centeral Indiana offering an important connection between college preparation and an emphasis on spirituality and service to others as defined by a school of religion, faith, and God.
The Seton Catholic Varsity Girls come into the Classic with an 11-7 record, 4-1 in conference.
The Seton Catholic Varsity Boys come into the Classic one month after a dramatic 63-37 win over Randolph Southern (IN).

Where does The Miami Valley School fit into the increasingly diverse spectrum of college preparatory programs?
In a word, it is independent.
The school's mission to develop self-sustaining learners and compassionate global citizens has come to describe an environment that celebrates individuals-their history, their culture, and their potential. Just as each of the teams participating in the College Prep Classic Basketball Tournament represent an alternative to the public system, MVS provides a comprehensive college preparation process while celebrating the student's contribution to academics, the Arts, and athletics. With a "no-cut" athletics policy, each student is permitted to enjoy the resources at their disposal and learn in an environment where test scores, points scored, or works produced are a result, but not the goal. Students at MVS celebrate the journey and process, experiencing the world as a living laboratory for learning.
The Miami Valley School welcomes Linsley, Butlerville Methodist, Chappie James Academy, and Seton Catholic to the annual College Prep Classic and celebrates the diverse ways that schools and programs across the country are redefining the college-preparatory education

January 13, 2012
2:00 pm: Butlerville Methodist v. Miami Valley (Girls)
5:00 pm: Seton Catholic v. Linsly (Girls)
6:30 pm: General Chappie James Academy v. Linsly (Boys)
8:00 pm: Seton Catholic v. Miami Valley (Boys)

January 14, 2012
10:00 am: Third Place Game (Girls)
11:30 am: Third Place Game (Boys)
1:00 pm: Championship Game (Girls)
2:30 pm: Championship Game (Boys)