hello, i’m a current grade 8 student (class of '26), looking to apply to a few boarding schools for the upcoming school year. i’m participating in competitive cheerleading, and i have some noticeable/significant awards. because of this, as i’m beginning to think about my applications, i’m looking for some selective boarding schools with a cheerleading program. i know that deerfield has one, but i haven’t, so far, found other selective schools with “competitive” cheerleading.
are there any schools you know of that have a good cheerleading program (not dance, not gymnastics, just cheerleading, for the sake of clarification)?
If you mean like pom poms, High School Musical, Glee cheerleading, such a concept is basically an anathema in boarding schools - at least in the northeast. Perhaps it’s more common in southern schools.
yes, i am in the class of 26. i am fully aware that '26 is going into 9th grade this year. applications for repeating/going into 10th grade is also available, and that’s why i’m considering boarding school as an option at the moment.
and, i have seen the list of the five boarding schools previously, but because i know of 1~2 other schools that offer cheer (like thornton academy), i was wondering about the “other schools” with cheer that i may have missed.
just to clarify: i’ve been doing this since grade 6, but because most of the well-known competitions were close then (due to covid 19 government regulations) (and by “well-known,” i mean national), regardless of my skill level/experience, i felt that it wasn’t something strong enough in my application for me to list. with weaker gov regulations and therefore more competitions/components i can add to my application (alongside much greater interest in the sport), i feel that it is something important to me to consider while looking for a school.
My daughter cheered at one of the top all star gyms, based in Texas, from the ages of 7 to 14. She was not able to continue all star cheer while at boarding school in New England, but found that her tumbling/jumps skills were in high demand on the dance team, at school wide/grade level spirit competitions (Winter Carnival and the like) and on many sports teams where her agility, speed and overall conditioning put her among the top athletes. As you know side-line cheer and all star/competitive cheer have some significant differences, so even the few schools with cheer programs will be a very different experience from what you train in now.
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