Tacony Academy Charter School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the first high school in the nation to earn Level 3 status and complete all required courses in the School Honor Roll program recently initiated by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).
The NFHS School Honor Roll is a new national recognition program designed to promote professional development for high school coaches by completing specific online education courses through the NFHS Learning Center (www.NFHSLearn.com).
In earning Level 3 status, more than 90 percent of the coaches at Tacony Academy Charter School completed the following required courses in the NFHS Learning Center: “Sportsmanship,” “Strength and Conditioning,” “Teaching and Modeling Behavior,” “Engaging Effectively with Parents” and “Bullying, Hazing, and Inappropriate Behaviors.”
Previously, Tacony’s coaches completed the core course “Fundamentals of Coaching” along with other Level 1 required courses: “Concussion in Sports,” “Sudden Cardiac Arrest” and “Protecting Students from Abuse.” The school then earned Level 2 status in the NFHS School Honor Roll as a result of more than 90 percent of its coaches completing courses that pertained specifically to sports they coach, along with “First Aid, Health and Safety,” “Heat Illness Prevention” and “Student Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.”
“We want to congratulate the coaches and administration at Tacony Academy Charter School in becoming the first Level 3 high school in the nation by completing all courses required in the NFHS School Honor Roll program,” said Dr. Karissa Niehoff, NFHS executive director. “Tacony’s coaches completed 12 courses, in addition to sport-specific courses, to earn Level 3 status. This is truly an outstanding accomplishment and a strong indication of the school’s commitment to professional development for its coaches. These courses will be very beneficial for the coaches at Tacony Academy Charter School, and we hope this encourages other schools to follow their example and complete all levels of courses in the School Honor Roll.”
“We are honored to achieve the NFHS Level 3 Honor Roll Program status and proud to be the first school in the country to reach that status,” said Thomas Scheid, CEO of Tacony Academy Charter School. “It is a testament to the dedication of our entire athletic department in making sure we provide the best for our student-athletes.”
As a physical sign of completing Level 3 certification, Tacony Academy Charter School will receive a large Level 3 display banner for its school gymnasium to commemorate the school’s accomplishments and dedication to professional development and education-based activity programs.
“Earning the NFHS School Honor Roll banner is a symbol that the school and its coaches are committed to providing a great experience for young people, and it’s something that everyone can be proud of within their communities,” said Dan Schuster, NFHS Director of Educational Services.
For more information on the NFHS School Honor Roll and to apply for participation in the program, please visit https://nfhslearn.com/home/administrators.