WELCOME TO TPH
“The heart of TPH Academy’s purpose is to advance, in and beyond the game, the next generation of impact players. We are looking forward to welcoming student-athletes and families of the Des Moines area to experience this unique environment we’ve created, where student-athletes can grow together in and out of the classroom, all while working towards their academic and athletic goals.”
Alan Keeso, CEO, TPH Academy
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At TPH Academy Des Moines our student-athletes Study, Train, and Play every day. Each week, a typical schedule includes the following breakdown:
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From public speaking contests to finance club, we are focused on providing our student-athletes the opportunities that fit their interests and provide them the opportunity to learn valuable life skills.
Part of attending TPH Academy is ensuring our student-athletes are connected with their communities and understand the value of providing their time and support. All of our locations take part in community service projects from raking leaves across the neighborhood to assisting at soup kitchens.
Our guest speakers bring new perspectives and ample experience from their trade and life. Our student-athletes have been fortunate enough to have been visited by guests including current professional athletes, coaches, and referees. Our guests are not just limited to the industry of sport but include business executives, marketing specialists, psychologists, and physical therapy experts, among others.
We make a conscious effort to make sure our student-athletes get exposure to many different experiences. Previous field trips include museums, professional sports facilities, college campuses, and more.
OUR ACADEMICS ARE
Working with local academic support, we are able to offer a completely customized platform for each student-athlete. This flexible, mastery-based education program is delivered in a blended learning environment, one that combines distance learning with in-person, on-site academic support and facilitation. We provide a comprehensive program that includes academic coaching, best-in-class academics & a learning community that is focused on development.
The Academy blended learning environment combines an online curriculum with on-site infrastructure and academic support. Academic leaders are in the classroom working with students to ensure a positive learning environment, accountability, a personalized structure, and accelerated learning programs, as they train for their sport.
Our Academics include Ontario certified and NCAA-accredited courseware that can be completed 24/7, from any laptop, tablet or mobile device, as long as a high-speed data or internet connection is present
Our academic partners are all Cognia accredited and all graduating student-athletes will receive a private/public school diploma, issued by our state partner. Students not only advance their education, but learn organization, study skills, and how to adapt their own learning style.
+ Individually Tailored Courseware
+AP, Honors & Foreign Language Courses
80+ Custom Elective Courses
+ Credit for Sport-Specific Training
TPH Academy Des Moines will be temporarily housed at Sportsplex West in Waukee, and then permanently housed at the state-of-the-art Sports Campus at Norwalk, once the facility opens its doors in early 2024. The Sports Campus will feature multiple courts, fields, and turf setups, as well as a sports performance training center, and a 3,000 square foot TPH Academy classroom.
The 11,000 square foot indoor sports training complex consisting of basketball and volleyball courts. South of the flagship building is the home of Sportsplex Beach, an outdoor 15,000 square foot, 4 court beach volleyball training and competition complex. The beach plays host to the most comprehensive Beach volleyball training and trainers in the Midwest.
What Our Academy Families Are Saying
"Maggie was very proud of her grades and determined to keep them up. The flexibility has been wonderful for our family"
TPH Center of Excellence Nashville | Parent of Maggie (Figure Skater)
"At first, we were hesitant about our sons missing out on the typical high school “experience,” but realized everyone’s path was different and it ultimately provided things our local school could not (especially flexibility with travel schedules.) What really swayed us towards TPH was the flexibility for travel, high rigor classes available, support of learning coaches, high-level training and workouts built into the day, and the availability of full lunch to accommodate busy schedules."
TPH Center of Excellence Atlanta | Parents of Davis '01 and Luke '06
"We came to CoE unexpectedly because of the pandemic, needing a smaller environment and more resources to serve our boys during quarantines. We underestimated the value of starting the day with training and the flexibility/rigor of CoE’s curriculum. What we anticipated being a one year solution got us enrolled for next fall, we couldn’t be happier!"
TPH Center of Excellence Nashville | Parent of George and Henry Moskowitz
""The academic platform that TPH Academy offers is very comprehensive and gives kids flexibility to do sports without missing school. At the same time, the flexibility teaches them responsibility, as they need to keep up the studies and grades. It’s a great life learning where privilege comes with responsibility.""
TPH Center of Excellence Atlanta | Parent of Veera and Nico
"Once in COE, he found he really liked the independence in academics, being able to control his progress... He applied those principles to his lifestyle year round and became a solid overall athlete. Last year Luke also began to play Field Hockey. His athleticism and work ethic allowed him to earn a position on the US Men's Team. He applied all the experience he learned from COE to Field Hockey and set his sights on international play and as a future Olympian."
TPH Center of Excellence Nashville | Parents of Luke Jackson
"I have two children attending CoE for their second year in a row. Though extra ice time and improving in hockey is important, we really needed an academic environment that would fit both our boys’ very different learning styles and unique academic needs. Our boys love school, are exceeding our academic expectations, and, with the support of their teachers and coaches, continue to develop their leadership characteristics. We cannot wait until our youngest is old enough to attend CoE!"
TPH Center of Excellence Huntsville | Parent of Two Student-Athletes
"TPH Academy has been an integral part of our kids’ lives and our family’s life for many years. Both of our sons have attended and excelled within the structure of TPH. As a mom, what I have loved most is that their schooling and training are led by highly qualified staff while being surrounded and encouraged by other elite athletes. They are home every night with both schoolwork and training completed, extending our family time together. TPH supported and guided my oldest son as he moved from TPH to the NAHL and onto D1 college hockey. TPH has been integral in mentoring my younger son as he moves to Nashville to train and pursue his dreams of being a high-level student-athlete. As an educator of 20 years, I would highly recommend TPH for elite student-athletes."
TPH Center of Excellence Atlanta | Parents of Davis '01 and Luke '06
""The major contributor for our decision to send him away at an early age was Pat O’Neill. He has been a pleasure to deal with since our very first connection. He is great on the phone and even better in person. He is clear with his presentation, makes sure you understand what he is laying out and undeniably the best with his follow up. I am so happy that Pat played a significant part in Casey’s Academics. You are very lucky to have a quality partner in your organization. We could only wish that Casey meets and surrounds himself with more people like Pat, not only in his hockey career, but in his journey in life.""
TPH Center of Excellence Nashville | Parent of Casey
Frequently Asked Questions
While we are one team, TPH Academy is not sports a team. We are an academy that allows you to focus on your individual skills. Additionally, you can still play for your current team. This makes for an awesome training environment where our student-athletes get to build a community with like-minded student-athletes.
At TPH Academy, each student-athlete learns from certified Teachers through our customizable virtual platform, Edmentum, with 24/7 access to virtual Tutors. Our on-site Director of Academics and Success Coach(es) are additional resources as they cultivate an environment conducive to learning. These multiple layers of support ensure that your student-athlete receives a personalized academic plan; preparing them for the game of life.
Our student-athletes train four days a week in the gym on-site with our coaches.
DID YOU KNOW: student-athletes can receive physical education credit for the training.
They are certainly welcome to, but we do offer a meal plan working with the restaurant, located inside the facility, to offer healthy and delicious options at an affordable price.
This is one of the primary benefits of TPH Academy. The traditional system is not conducive to the lifestyle of the aspiring elite student-athlete. We are very flexible with our attendance policy because we do understand the travel that sports require and the toll that a season can take on a student-athlete. The beauty of our platform is that we can operate virtually. Need a recovery day? Stay home, you can do your course work from home, our staff can additionally send you a home workout. The biggest factor is that we believe our student-athletes get the most out of their experience by attending on-site, but we understand that may not always be possible.
The goal of our mentorship program is to educate our student-athletes on “the process” of becoming elite. Part of that is through the mentorship program which includes Coach FA's Mentorship Program, community service, field trips, and guest speakers.
We believe TPH Academy provides more balance as our student-athletes finish a day at the Academy, attend their club's practice, and then are free the rest of the day. We believe our platform gives our student-athletes more time to spend as they wish away from the Academy. Additionally we require our student-athletes to fill out daily surveys through Kinduct that help our staff understand the holistic state of our student-athletes. These surveys track sleep, nutrition, injuries, and more to assist us in ensuring we know how to balance their workload.
TPH Academy can provide support for IEP's and 504's. We have built our centers with learning environments that help all types of learners and set up our student-athletes for success. However, students will have to complete a determination meeting with our education partner to ensure we can meet all the needs of the student.
Connect with our team and learn how TPH Academy can help you or your student-athlete take the next step in academics, athletics, and life.