Athlete and Leadership Development
Freshman: Football, Boys and Girls Basketball, Baseball & Volleyball
Mission Statement

Poston Butte High School is San Tan Valley’s Premiere Public High School. Our athletes will receive the best academic and athletic training. The P.R.I.D.E. Academy will provide each student athlete the best environment to develop by teaching students Perseverance, Responsibility, Integrity, Determination, and Excellence. These skills will result in our student athletes being prepared academically and athletically to succeed in life. 

Concept

The transition from an elementary, or middle school, setting can be challenging for students. Typically, 70% of all school wide discipline infractions are committed by Freshmen. The majority of students who struggle academically or, who need academic interventions, are Freshmen. Serious student athletes will enjoy being with a cohort of their teammates from day-one. This will help make a big school feel small. Freshmen athletes will have opportunities to learn from their coach and the program’s varsity coach; and student athletes can train and develop strength, speed, and skills year round. 
Opportunities

The traditional approach to preparing student athletes is for students to attend school daily and then train for their sport, have practice, in the late afternoon/early evening. Many student athletes leave home at approx. 6:00 a.m. for school and many not finish their training until 8:00 p.m., or even 9:00 p.m., in the evening. This results in an environment not conducive to academics, athletics or family life. This stresses the student athlete academically, socially and financially.

The P.R.I.D.E. Academy is a considerable opportunity to provide a singular academy for many Freshman student athletes at the same facility in an integrated manner. Time spent training with varsity coaches is an invaluable opportunity for freshmen.

This improves the training experience, while creating an improved quality of family life. This will create the best academic experience AND the best athletic experience.