Academy Life


High-quality education.

Smith Stearns recognizes the need for players to combine intense training with academic development and success. Our goal is to produce well-rounded and educated individuals that are prepared for college and beyond.

Educational Options

We provide the very best schooling options for our students, depending on what their goals or needs may be. We understand that each student is unique and may excel in a variety of diverse learning environments.


Hilton Head Preparatory School

Hilton Head Preparatory School is an independent day school that enrolls 425 students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 and is accredited by SAIS. Offering a unique program of academic and co-curricular activities, Hilton Head Preparatory School challenges each individual to reach his or her highest potential. Learning and character are nurtured through a traditional college preparatory curriculum that integrates the liberal arts and sciences, technology and ethical values. A strong emphasis is placed on personal character, integrity and responsibility.

The school maintains a challenging curriculum whose mission is to prepare for the most selective colleges. They offer flexible attendance requirements for those with varying training and travel schedules, as well as modified daily schedules to accommodate each students training needs. Hilton Head Preparatory School specializes in personalized programs for students with athletic, artistic and academic passions.

Students who attend Hilton Head Prep get the opportunity to attend Smith Stearns ALL DAY Program and still complete their schooling requirements. Students participate in our morning program, go to school from 10:15 am -1:05 pm, and then head back to the academy for their afternoon training. Students will complete 4 traditional courses per year and 1 online course.

Hilton Head Prep also offers a morning program for those students who would like to attend school in the mornings and do the Smith Stearns PM Only Program each afternoon. This program runs from 8:00 am – 1:05 pm daily.


Director of Admissions: Bobbie Somerville

Phone: (843) 671-2286 Ext. 315



HeritageLogoHeritage Academy

Heritage Academy is a private, coeducational school accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and by the South Carolina Independent Schools Association. It is the top choice for serious scholar-athletes who need flexible course scheduling, individualized programming, freedom to attend competitions, and to work alongside a faculty whose charge it is to challenge them academically and support their passion. Heritage Academy has attracted students from over 23 states and 28 countries who come to take advantage of the school’s unique academic program and philosophy. A requirement for admission to Heritage is the demonstrated pursuit of an extracurricular passion. The opportunity for students to study and engage in broader learning with a diverse group of motivated peers gives Heritage Academy a unique culture and environment.

Students who attend Heritage get the opportunity to attend Smith Stearns ALL DAY Program and still complete their schooling requirements. With the block scheduling model that Heritage uses, students train in the morning then attend school from 10:31 am to 1:40 pm, then head back to the academy for afternoon training. Students complete 3 block courses per semester (2 traditional and 1 online).


Director of Admissions: Tina Sprouse

Phone: (843) 842-8600 Ext. 1



Laurel Springs LogoLaurel Springs School(Online)

The Laurel Springs School is a private, accredited, online, college preparatory school ideal for those wanting to combine a rigorous tennis training and tournament schedule with a competitive academic program. Their program is NCAA approved and an excellent option for student athletes. Due to our partnership with Laurel Springs all Smith Stearns students receive a 10% discount off tuition.


Contact: Stephanie Fyfe

Phone: (207) 480-0983



Academic Support

Smith Stearns offers students a strong support system, however, some students may wish to receive extra academic support from highly qualified tutors as well as SAT Prep and Continuing Education courses. Strong relationships have been built amongst our academic community so we can easily arrange any of these services for our students.