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Developing scholar athletes has always been a primary focus at Van Der Meer Tennis Academy. Understanding the importance of partnering with a diverse selection of academic programs, Van Der Meer is pleased to list the following educational opportunities available to our players.

Heritage Academy

This private college preparatory school offers a flexible schedule and personalized education for the primarily tennis, golf, and performing arts students who comprise the student body. Since 1994, Heritage has assisted aspiring young men and women to create dreams, make them real, and achieve new worlds for themselves. Heritage is geared to help kids with a passion find the right college program, working in concert with their coaches. (Boarding-student transportation available)

Address: 11 New Orleans Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Admissions Contact: Sandy McGuire – 843.842.8600, ext. 1

Hilton Head Preparatory School

Hilton Head Prep is another private school option for those wanting a more traditional approach. Prep maintains a challenging curriculum, and its mission is to prepare students for selective colleges. (Boarding-student transportation available)

Address: 8 Foxgrape Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Admissions Contact: Sarah DeMaria – 843.671.2286, ext. 315

Distance Learning / Online Classes

Many students who want to maximize their training and tournament play at the most reasonable price select Distance Learning. This 21st century approach to education allows Van Der Meer players the most flexibility to combine the ultimate tennis program with strong academics. If you would like to learn more about enrolling in online courses or combining online learning with traditional classroom learning, please contact our Admissions Coordinator.

Additional Options

Students living on Hilton Head, with their parents or an approved guardian, may also choose to attend:

Hilton Head Christian Academy

In partnership with the Christian family, students at Christian Academy mature in their faith as they become academically and intellectually prepared to engage in the world.

Hilton Head High School

As part of a reform effort, beginning with the 2006-2007 school year, Hilton Head High School has restructured into Small Learning Communities.

  • School of Humanities
  • School of Visual and Performing Arts
  • School of Business and Technology
  • Ninth Grade Academy
  • International Baccalaureate School
  • This year, Van Der Meer students were enrolled in all of the above academic programs.

Academic Support

Recognizing the importance of maximizing on-court time with strong academic performance, Van Der Meer Tennis Academy encourages academic support when needed. Players can usually arrange additional instruction in the following areas:

  • ESL for international students
  • TOEFL for international students
  • SAT and ACT strategies and instruction
  • Subject-related support
  • Skill development
  • Distance learning support