Setting the Foundation for your Academic Future.

At the RINK Hockey Academy, education is approached with a comprehensive vision that extends far beyond the confines of traditional learning. The curriculum is designed to cultivate critical thinking, collaboration, perseverance, and communication skills within the framework of traditional subject areas. Students are active participants in their own intellectual growth, encouraged to question, analyze, and engage deeply with the material. Through dynamic teaching methods and interactive learning experiences, the academy fosters a culture of inquiry and exploration, empowering students to become lifelong learners equipped to navigate the complexities of the modern world.

Central to RHA’s educational philosophy is the recognition that academic success is intrinsically linked to personal development and athletic achievement. With this in mind, the curriculum is tailored to meet the unique needs and aspirations of each student-athlete, providing a supportive learning track that accommodates a range of abilities and interests. Whether pursuing core subjects to build a solid foundation, challenging themselves with honors courses, or delving into the rigor of Advanced Placement (AP) classes, students have the flexibility to chart their own academic path while balancing the demands of their athletic training.


Min. GPA Required to Play


Hons. & Hons. Distinction in 22/23


Avg. GPA of RHA Student-Athlete

The RHA student-athletes school day will be modified to allow maximum time for school and training needs. The teams will travel and compete mostly outside the province at the highest levels on both sides of the border during the full school year. A Shaftesbury High School appointed team liaison will ensure players meet standards and academic readiness for post secondary applications and career choices.

Shaftesbury High School provides a supportive and familiar place for students to write their SATs in preparation for application to NCAA and CIS universities and colleges up to three times per year. Students-athletes will be able to earn up to eight credits during each year of the academy. This flexible, customized, schedule is designed with the players in mind to allow 32+ high school credits throughout their 4 years. (30 credits required for graduation)

Experience a Day in the Life of a Student-Athlete.

Hockey players and parents have long written off their winters to the grind of the season. A typical day in the life of an RHA student-athlete allows for their school, hockey and training to be completed during the day. With school in the mornings and training in the afternoon, players can expect to have all activities finished and completed by 5:00 p.m. daily. 

Players will start their day early, with core high school classes offered in a customized curriculum to offer a shorter morning class in order to accommodate their educational needs in the half-day format. This class runs all year as opposed to the typical half-year class. They have three “regular” class times, followed by another custom class to end their school day.

Student-athletes will participate in classes throughout the morning and travel to the ice rink after class. Players will be on the bus by 11:30 p.m. daily and heading to the RINK Training Centre for their ice times. Student-athletes will be working with skill development coaches in position specific, small group sessions at RINK Training Centre and with their full teams and team coaches.

Shaftesbury High School

RINK Hockey Academy is proud to be working with Shaftesbury High School in the Pembina Trails School Division for the education component of the academy.

Shaftesbury High School offers a full range of compulsory and optional courses in the areas of traditional academics, athletics and the arts. In addition, they also offer a full slate of Honours and Advanced Placement (AP) courses for our students who wish to challenge themselves beyond the high school curricula. Shaftesbury High School has a proven track record of providing flexible and enriching academic programming for our high caliber hockey players.

A student advisor will be designated to help the players with academic and post-hockey career planning, research various CIS and NCAA universities and colleges and will liaison with our teachers to ensure that our players are reaching their academic goals. A minimum GPA of 2.7 is required to participate in all programming.

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