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Walpole Express Academy

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The Walpole Express organization is excited to PRESENT THE Express Academy, focusing on the total development of our student-athletes!

Express AcademyThe Express Academy program will help each player strive to become better in the classroom as we provide many levels of academic support.

The Walpole Express’ primary focus is to develop students both on and off the ice. Though it is an untraditional route, our high school age athletes can choose online education. Our athletes have such a rigorous season schedule. With online school, we can now accommodate that demanding training schedule, offer more individual/small group on- and off- ice skill development during the day, and challenge our students to become strong independent learners when they enroll in advanced coursework.

The goal of the Express Academy is to help every one of our players become better student-athletes each day as they work towards their goal of playing hockey at the collegiate level.

The “Station” (located at Rodman Arena), available to our students Monday-Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm, will provide a structured work environment for our students. To ensure our students take their online school work seriously, our academy will provide a proctored study hall. Our students will arrive at 8:00am ready to work. Students will have daily check-ins with their advisors where academic goals will be made to ensure that their schoolwork gets done in a timely manner. Once goals are met, students will have full access to on-ice skill sessions and team workouts.

Express Academy offers endless amount of support from our advisors. Students will receive one on one classroom attention to help provide them with tutoring, academic progress reports, and pushes them to work harder in the classroom than ever before.

Our experienced advisors will also provide help to their students with the college application process, NCAA eligibility, and standardized test preparation.

The Express Academy is available to all High School age players.

Our Advisors

Danielle Doherty
Danielle graduated from Boston College in 2014 with a degree in Secondary Education and Applied Psychology and Human Development. She then received her master’s degree in 2015 in Special Education – Moderate Special Needs. Before Danielle joined the Express she worked at Newton North High School as a Special Education teacher.

Jon Lounsbury
Jon graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communication. He went on to receive his master’s degree in Educational Leadership. At Bridgton Academy Jon was a 4-year teacher, assistant dean of students, and coach. He has many years of experience working with kids with various learning patterns/disabilities. Jon also is an experienced academic proctor.


$500/month enrollment fee provides our students with access to:

  • The Station (our Academic Lounge)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Printing
  • Individualized Academic Plan
  • One on One Academic Support (Proctoring, Tutoring, Progress Reports)
  • Individual/Small Group on- and off- ice skill development, video sessions
  • Access to Express Weight Room
  • Help with college application process, NCAA eligibility, standardized test preparation

Online schooling fees will vary based on the program you chose. We recommend University of Nebraska High School (see below for details), however some states offer free online education.



Benefits of the Express Academy

Accommodates a rigorous training schedule. Often, elite athletes must be ready to train when the coach, rink, gym, is available—which may conflict with a traditional school schedule. How many times have you had to call your son or daughter’s school and call them out because of a game or tournament? By joining the Express Academy, students will adapt their learning schedules around their hockey schedule and other obligations, doing schoolwork when it works best for them.

Athlete can enroll in advanced coursework. Virtual schools may offer Gifted and Talented, Honors, and AP classes, making it possible for student athletes with greater abilities to receive the academic challenge and stimulation they require. Taking advanced courses can help enhance students’ transcripts, making them more appealing to college admissions boards. At Express Academy, students will have one on one support making this challenge possible.

Individual/Small Group On- and Off- Ice Skill Development. Our students will be able to get extra ice time by working individually and in small groups with their coaches during the day, individual video sessions with their coaches, and lastly, students will have access to the Express weight room.



Partnership with University of Nebraska High School
Tuition for UNHS is calculated on a per credit basis, which is additional from your Express Academy enrollment fee.

UNHSWe are teaming up with the University of Nebraska High School (UNHS). This option is not mandatory. A lot of states offer their own online program that you may want to enroll your son/daughter in but this program is one of the best. UNHS was ranked the third best online high school in the country for 2016. The mission of UNHS is to assist students in developing “skills, attitudes, and knowledge that will enable them to be thoughtful, committed and successful people in whatever calling they choose”. Students can pursue either a general studies or a college preparatory diploma track. Students at UNHS are able to transfer qualifying high school or home school credits, earn their diploma anytime of the year, and graduate early.

All diploma programs offer open enrollment, experienced, and certified teachers. Our students are required a five-week minimum per course and assignments must be done in the order outlined and turned in one at a time. This allows instructors to give helpful feedback to assist in future lessons. Various course delivery formats, content levels, and instruction methods are made available as part of UNHS’s individualized study approach, which strives to meet the different learning styles of students.

Accreditation: AdvancED, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI).

One of the advantages of online schooling is that your son/daughter can go back to their public high school and graduate from there. What happens is that we communicate with your son/daughter’s academic advisor from their local high school and figure out an academic plan with the online program. So technically, your son/daughter will study with us for 6 months and then go back to their local high school and graduate. Your son or daughter can graduate from the online program too but this is just another option!