One Student’s Gamble Pays Off in the Classroom and on the Course

Transferring to a new school is never easy. Still, for students like Anthony Garcia, a senior at the Xceed Kendall/Pinecrest campus, sometimes it is the best decision, both academically and personally.

Anthony decided to transfer to Xceed two years ago because he didn’t like the fit of the high school he had previously attended.

“I didn’t connect well with the teachers at my old school,” stated Anthony. “So, my mom started looking online to find a school that worked for me and came across Xceed,”

At first glance, Xceed sounded like the perfect opportunity but deciding to enroll at Xceed wasn’t an easy decision for Anthony or his family.

“Transferring to Xceed was a gamble,” Anthony stated. “We just decided to try it.

“The 8 a.m.-12 p.m. flexible schedule was new to me. I had been homeschooled at one point in my life, but it was nothing like Xceed.”

The freedom of a more flexible schedule has become Anthony’s favorite aspect of attending Xceed – in part because it allows him more time to pursue his passion for competitive golf.

“I play in a lot of tournaments,” Anthony shared. “Whenever I go out of town, I just take my computer or iPad so that I can do school. So even when I’m not in class, I’m not missing school. My passion for golf doesn’t cause me to fall behind or stress about having work to make up.”

Anthony admits that the flexibility afforded by Xceed has allowed him to pursue more outside of the classroom and become better at those pursuits.

“I’m a better golfer. I have a part-time job. I’ve been able to do more things,” Anthony said. “I probably wouldn’t have been able to have a part-time job in a normal school or get out on the golf course for more than three hours.”

Anthony also enjoys the small campus size and student-to-teacher ratio, which allows for a more significant interaction between faculty and students.

“I’m on campus every day, so I can schedule a one-on-one or walk in to talk with my teacher whenever I have a question,” said Anthony.

“The teachers do a great job of keeping students on track if they get behind,” Anthony continued. “Each one of my teacher’s talks to me every day telling me, hey; you need to do this or that, I’m always ahead on my stuff.”