Frequently Asked Questions
What is Verum Academy (VA)?
A Private School for talented young soccer athletes grades 4th through 12th with aspirations to play professionally and/or collegiate levels.
Where is Verum Academy Located?
3180 Southgate Commerce Blvd., Orlando, FL 32806. VA classrooms are located within Free Kick Center, a state-of-the-art indoor facility.
What Grades does Verum Academy serve?
Initially, Verum Academy will accept athletes between 4th through 8th grade but plans on gradually expanding to cover 5th through 12th within 3 years.
What is Verum Academy Policy on Religion?
Verum Academy has a strong set of core values common among all faiths. Though Verum Academy is a religion neutral school, it advocates for the freedom of students to practice their faith while respecting and learning about the faith of others. Verum Academy stands for fostering tolerance, understanding, and care for humanity as a whole. Any behavior that undermines human value will not be tolerated
What is the Academic Curriculum and Daily Schedule?
Florida Virtual Schools (FLVS) will be the sole provider of Verum Academy’s Academic Curriculum. The Daily Academic Schedule begins at 12:00pm until 4:00pm. Students will have a combination of self-study time, group reviews, group discussions, project collaboration and tutoring sessions between these hours. Parents could arrange for after-hours tutoring as needed for an additional cost. (Note – Soccer Tactical and Technical training from 8:00am – 11:00am, followed by Lunch/Recovery 11:00am – 12:00pm)
Will Verum Academy have an after-school program?
Verum Academy’s classrooms will remain open until 6pm. The hours from 4pm- 6pm will be used for optional/additional study time and/or individual or group tutoring sessions. After hours study program will be at an additional cost. Verum Academy will not conduct any soccer training after hours but can make individual recommendations for students to seek additional training in order to develop a specific skill-set.
Will students always study on their own?
Verum Academy’s Academic philosophy is to mold an academic plan that is student-centric. It is our belief that tomorrow’s professionals must be able to think and work independently to thrive in tomorrow’s technology driven business world. We believe that FLVS provides students with a great balance between the flexibility needed to learn at their own pace but with enough structure, accessibility and resources so that students do not feel completely on their own. In addition, Verum Academy will add social interaction and collaboration as another dynamic needed to achieve the desired holistic development.
What are the Academics Standards?
Verum Academy will hold students accountable for maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA. Students who do not meet this criteria will be limited in training as determined by School Administration. Verum Academy reserves the right to eliminate all athletic training for a student whose academic progress has been compromised. There are no Academic Requirements for admissions into Verum Academy.
Is Verum Academy Accredited?
FLVS is accredited as a school district system by Advance Education, Inc. (AdvancED). The various FLVS schools are accredited by SACS CASI (Southern Association of College and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement). FLVS courses meet all of the Florida Standards. In addition, all FLVS core courses are NCAAapproved. The Florida Department of Education does not accredit, regulate, approve, or license K-12 private schools. Additionally, the Florida Department of Education does not officially recognize any of the various agencies that accredit private schools. Section 1002.42, Florida Statutes, requires K-12 private schools to register with the department by completing an annual survey each year and explicitly provides that submitting annual survey data and being listed in the directory of private schools should not be used by any private school to imply approval or accreditation by the state. There are many organizations with widely variant quality standards and program requirements that accredit private schools. Requests for information about the accreditation of a specific school should be directed to the school staff or its designated accrediting agency. The acceptance of diplomas from private schools will be subject to the requirements of the receiving educational institution or employer Verum Academy will seek accreditation from an independent agency. The accreditation process takes approximately 20-30 months.
Can the players play for other clubs?
Verum Academy will encourage players to play for clubs in order to apply the training they will be receiving in a team setting. The clubs that the players participate in will take priority over Verum Academy trainings. It is crucial for players to play in competition. We will encourage all of our players to find a club that suits their needs, but we will not recommend any as we will remain club-neutral. If Verum Academy staff learns about unethical or negative behavior by any club or soccer organization we can suggest our players to choose a different club.
Will the players be overtrained?
Each player will have a virtual log that will combine Verum Academy trainings, club trainings and personal trainings and only allow the player to meet the current curriculum allotted training hours. So for example if a player trains 5 hours with their club team during the week and the curriculum that week has a limit of 10 hours, then the players will only participate in 5 hours of trainings with Verum Academy that week. Training hours will vary in order to prevent injury and burnout. In the first month the players will go through an adaptation period where the training quantities will increase slowly. Every month the players will be evaluated on workloads and physical/mental exhaustion. Players will also log their game times. Games are generally more intense so this is factored into the training. Players must have a good idea of how many minutes they play each game and it will have a multiplier be added to the total training hours (Example: game time may be equivalent to 1.5 times training hours).
If the player completes their training hours or is injured what will they do?
In the case that players are unable to train for the mentioned reasons they will be provided with other activities. These activities can include study hall, observation work, coordination, puzzles, soccer research, coaching assistant, etc. If the player has an injury that will prevent them from training for a long period of time the player will take the recovery time to concentrate on what it takes to be come a trainer or coach. They will learn how to develop sessions and think through soccer activities that will improve their analytical skills. All of this will prepare the player to return to the game with a higher soccer IQ.
Will Verum Academy play games?
For the most part Verum Academy will not play many games. This will be reserved for the clubs the players are registered with. However, during sessions there will be small-sided games and some friendly matches may be played in the off-season or open weekends. Some futsal tournaments, beach tournaments and other types of soccer-like games/tournaments may be played as well. If the player has a commitment to their club they will be excused to allow them to miss any games scheduled with Verum Academy.
Will all the training be at the facility?
We will have training on flat surfaces for futsal, sand, and grass additional to the training at FeeKick Center. We will have off-site transportation available for any trainings outside of our main facility.
What style of soccer will the players be learning?
Jason Utley has traveled to over 30 countries and has developed a unique style of training that develops players at an accelerated rate. The focus will be on cognitive training where the players not only learn the skill but must apply them in quick thinking scenarios.
The steps generally followed will be:
1. Repetition - Learn the move or activity.
2. Reaction - The players have to quickly adapt to different scenarios.
3. Decision Making & Creativity - The players must now solve the problem of the field both technically and tactically and show creative solutions to situations.
Will the academy play other sports?
The focus for the academy is going to be soccer, however, we will have the players participate in different sports both to provide a mental and physical break from soccer. Other sports also provide soccer players with different ways of thinking which can benefit soccer. There are also 20+ variations of soccer-like games that the players will be participating in. (futsal, beach soccer, freestyle, futvolley, etc.)