SPIRE Academy | Esports

SPIRE Academy’s esports division offers a high school program featuring a variety of esports titles. This ground-breaking Academy program is designed to provide each student with the experience, knowledge and skillset to pursue collegiate esports or a career in a variety of related fields. SPIRE provides a full academy style learning program, in-depth, in-game training, comprehensive industry information, hands on curriculum, personal coaching and skill development and world class health/wellness training/support with the student earning a high school degree.

At SPIRE, students receive a complete support structure every step of the way, resulting in a healthier gamer with better student outcomes and complete administrative support as they begin exploring their collegiate and career options. SPIRE Academy esports is grounded in the belief that young players require the best possible support. Career burn out, long term injuries and health problems can be rooted in the many hours gamers put in without formal structure around their training early in their careers. As such, players need support in their health, diet and mental health before they make it to college or the professional leagues. The high school (and postgraduate) program prepares students for admission into a college program or direct placement into the workforce upon graduation.

SPIRE esports emphasizes extreme ownership, a proactive and curious mindset, and equips students with the tools to succeed both in and out of game. Non-traditional learners benefit from hands-on and individualized study regimens and a different engagement approach through gaming, technology and esports.

Each year of instruction serves as a standalone session to ensure that enrollment is open to all high school age students with a curriculum that evolves with the industry and incorporates lessons and feedback from education and industry partners. Esports is a rapidly changing business, and a growth mindset is important not only for students but for SPIRE as an institution.

All incoming students complete coursework in the core components of esports. Business, sports management, in game strategy, economics, branding, marketing, online behavior, analytics and more are woven into a comprehensive curriculum. Even if only attending for a single year, each student will gain direct experience in both theory and practice within these forward-thinking industries. For post grads there will be a special bootcamp session designed explicitly for college preparedness, resume building and networking with collegiate coaches and experts.

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Training Philosophy

  • Esports, Robotics, Drone Racing & VR/Mixed Reality Electives


    • Activities are focused on competitions, training students in specific gameplay, and additional instruction to bolster their career track.


    • Program offers extensive shop time, providing the hands-on experience and resources to develop skills in building, programming and operating robots.

    Drone Racing

    • Opportunities include extensive FPV racing and training, national league events on campus and throughout Ohio, as well as drone design, fabrication and engineering.

    VR Esports & Mixed Reality

    • Offering all students a program focused on fitness-based esports, as well as a mixed-reality educational toolkit for technology and academic studies.

  • Esports Industry Professional Program

    This is recommended for players with experience in League of Legends, Overwatch, Valorant and Counter Strike. The esports program emphasizes college and professional career preparation, including how to best manage social media and mental health. One-on-one coaching complements each student’s experience. SPIRE’s staff are working with colleges interested in the esports and gaming space to develop coursework and class offerings that align with the anticipated growth of esports within the collegiate environment.

  • Evening & Weekend Activities

    Evening and weekend activities include local and regional competitions, solo and group projects as well as deep dives across subjects and disciplines. These activities will captivate students through innovative technologies, providing a compelling means to advanced learning. The focus is on “doing” rather than coursework.

  • SPIRE's Unique Training Facilities

    • Fabrication Lab/Workshop
    • Esports Arena and Production Space
    • Indoor/Outdoor Drone Racing Arena
    • Drone Racing Sim Lab
    • VR/Mixed-Reality Lab




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  • Tell me about the educational delivery model.

    SPIRE Academy provides core academic exposure, plus experiential and relational group learning options in conjunction with our educational partner, Grand River Academy.
    SPIRE’s learning environment balances academic and athletic training and development within facilities and programs that nurture personal growth and stimulate the desire to challenge oneself. And all of this is done while helping individuals identify and experience professions and career development opportunities that better prepare them for all of life’s journey.
    The coaching team, formally called teachers, are engaged to guide (not dictate) learning and facilitate achievement above self-expectations. SPIRE also offers personal, professional and career guidance.

    The SPIRE four-legged learning stool model

    • Academics – College preparatory academics delivered using an integrated, cross-curricular, project-based model culminating in the earning of a transcript for submission and acceptance to college/university.
    • Passion Pursuit – Discover and or advance skills in a particular area of intense interest. Essentially – work toward living the dream.
    • Career Exploration Opportunities (CEO) – Opportunities to gain understanding and working knowledge of professions delivered by experts who have worked in these field for many years.
    • Personal Skill Development – Learning about the whole self, collaborating and interacting with others,  trust, respect, managing failure, etc.
  • What does a day look like?

    Academy boarding and day students will spend approximately half the day (4-5 hours) being coached by seasoned educators as well as experienced professionals in specialty fields. These academic and business experts will share their combined knowledge, expertise and compassionate guidance. 

    As students work to embrace core academic material, they will also gain valuable hands on experience in areas meant to inspire them toward possible professional paths. In addition, students will grow in their understanding of self and learn to work well with others, while achieving personal goals and gaining a better understanding of where they will fit in the world.  

    The balance of a student’s day (4-5 hours) will be spent pursuing their area of personal passion (i.e. a particular sport). Included within this technical and tactical skill development training program is an integrated amount of performance training, which encompasses physical conditioning, mental skills training and nutrition/hydration guidance.

  • Where do student athletes live on campus? Will I have a roommate?

    SPIRE Village consists of 2,300 sq. ft. homes built specifically for SPIRE Academy student athletes. Each unit has six bedrooms and one house parent suite and a student lounge area. Each bedroom accommodates two twin beds, a nightstand, wardrobe, two study tables with chairs and a shared six-drawer chest. The student lounge has a big screen TV, a couch, chairs and a dining room table with chairs for house meetings. There are three student bathrooms and a washer and dryer.

  • How much is the tuition?

    Contact us via the chat widget on the right side of the page or by emailing [email protected]

  • How does SPIRE assist with college planning and placement?

    At SPIRE, we believe that the college planning and placement process is one of the most important aspects of Academy life—and you can’t start this process too early! 

    Our college planning process begins freshman year and only concludes when a student has graduated from college or chosen and achieved their goals on a different path.  

    SPIRE works with student athletes to find a university that is a good fit academically, athletically and socially.  Students are taught how to search for colleges and universities with their intended major as well as their desired sport using the guidance of their coaches, teachers and advisors.  This includes how to communicate with schools and coaches, fill out the Common Application and other applications, including filing FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

  • Does SPIRE offer scholarships and financial assistance?

    SPIRE offers a limited amount of financial aid. Recipients are selected based on academics, athletics, character and financial review. For more information, please reference our admissions page.

  • Where can I find additional information about living at SPIRE Academy?

    Click here to find all resources related to living on the SPIRE Campus.

  • Do Academy students have access to drone racing and esports programs?


  • Is the Admissions process competitive?

    SPIRE looks at each student individually to determine if they would be a good fit.  The admissions process includes submitting an official transcript, letters of recommendation from an English teacher, math teacher, and principal or coach, an interview with the coach and Director of Admissions (either virtual or in-person) and a completed application.  Each applicant is reviewed by the Admissions Committee which is composed of administrators, teachers, and coaches to determine if the student meets SPIRE’s admissions requirements.

  • How good do I have to be in my sport?

    SPIRE accepts athletes of varying ability, but they all have one thing in common.  They come to SPIRE because they have the heart and desire to become better student athletes.  SPIRE student athletes come from various competitive backgrounds and all have different goals they want to achieve while here and beyond, whether it is to continue their sport after high school or beyond.

  • Does SPIRE Academy offer scholarships?

    SPIRE offers financial assistance for families who qualify.  Families must complete the Parent’s Financial Statement (PFS) through the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) which can be found at https://sssbynais.force.com/familyportal/familylogin.  

    SPIRE has a limited number of merit scholarships available for student athletes.  These are rewarded based on ability and character.

  • Do you have any other question or need additional help with admissions?

    Please contact our Director of Admissions, Tricia Johnson at [email protected] or 440-466-1002 x 201.

  • When is the deadline to apply?

    SPIRE works on rolling admission, meaning we accept applications until spaces are filled. Applications start to be accepted in January for the following September. Merit scholarships and financial aid are awarded on a first come first serve basis.

  • Would participation in a post grad year affect my four-year NCAA eligibility?

    No, a post graduate year does not affect NCAA eligibility.

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SPIRE Contact info:

Phone: (440) 466-1002

Email: [email protected]

Address: 5201 SPIRE Circle, Geneva, OH 44041