SHARP ACADEMY

Educating Sharp Kids Differently

Now planning to begin our 10th School year in the Fall of 2018, in our new campus located at 8315 Indiana Avenue, with 70 students enrolled in the best private school in Lubbock, Texas! We specialize in college prep education for students with diagnosed learning disabilities such as dyslexia and ADHD, who have above average learning capabilities. How did this school come about in this West Texas city?

The story of this organization began in a local veterinarian’s clinic with a friendship between an outgoing, dyslexic young man and an iconic women’s college basketball coach.  Dr. John C. Key’s grandson, Chase Stane, needed ongoing educational support to succeed in school and to prepare for college.  Marsha Sharp wanted to do everything she could to “…make it happen, man!”

The journey began in 2008, when Chase Stane and Alex Weatherly were told they would never read, never be on grade level, and were even told they were “unteachable”. The moms of these two extraordinary kids, Lisa Stane and Tracy Weatherly, visited the campus of Shelton School in Dallas, TX, and drove home planning to open a school like Shelton. Sharp Academy began in the Fall of 2009. Chase and Alex were in the 7th Grade. Now the education, designed to "meet these kids where they are" in the classroom, continued through their senior year and prepared them for college.  These kids became A & B students and performed above grade level through one-on-one teaching provided by Sharp's excellent educators. Chase and Alex graduated in May 2015 in a class of 5 seniors. Chase and Alex had over 40 college credit hours, and combined, all five seniors earned over 90 college hours. All were accepted into the colleges of their choice and were awarded over $100K in scholarships.

Sharp Academy has now had 20 graduates, including the upcoming class of 2018. Together they have earned over 218 college hours. Chase graduated with 37 college hours, and Valedictorian of the class of 2015.

TESTIMONIALS

"My son was totally crushed by the pressure of school and not being "like the other kids". Since coming to Sharp Academy, he is READING, and says, "Mom, I am just like everybody else!"

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"No more crying all the way to school and staying up to bedtime doing homework. Sharp Academy has given my daughter her smile back, and she LOVES going to school. I wish we would have moved her sooner! Her test scores are excellent. She actually can tell me what she is learning in class."

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"We had given up on our son attending college. With the help of Sharp Academy, he now has 12 college hours and plans to get his degree.  It is a miracle!"

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A School Born from Passion and Necessity

ABOUT US

In 2009, Chase & Alex chose to name their school, Sharp Academy in honor of Coach Marsha Sharp.     Marsha Sharp has dedicated her time, wisdom and love of education to our students by serving as our Advisory Board Chairperson. She stepped down as the Lady Raiders’ coach in 2005, after amassing a 557-175 career record. Winning the 1993 national championship and earning herself seven Southwest Conference and Big 12 Coach of the Year Awards along the way. She now serves as Tech’s Associate Athletic Director for Special Projects.  She was inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame in 1999, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2000, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Texas Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. Sharp's most recent award has been the Women's Basketball Coaches Associations Jostens-Berenson Lifetime Achievement Award. We are blessed and honored to have this iconic pioneer of women’s sports to advocate for education and serve our organization.

School Named to Honor Coach Marsha Sharp

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