SUSD announces the creation of the Ice Den Academy

Scottsdale Unified School District is proud to announce the creation of the Ice Den Academy, a partnership between Scottsdale Online Learning and the Ice Den Scottsdale.

SUSDThis partnership connects academically rigorous high school level courses with college bound student athletes, according to a press release.

“The goal of the Ice Den Academy is to help excelling athletes attain their high school diploma in a manner which prepares them for college and beyond,” stated Dr. Christopher Thuman, executive director of Community Education and Online Learning, in the press release.

Students participating in the program will have the opportunity to meet with SUSD staff on-site at the Ice Den Scottsdale for office hours and academic assistance.

“Our student-athletes can spend their days on the ice in Arizona or at a tournament in Canada and the Ice Den Academy will be there to support them,” stated Eric Kurland, alternative education coordinator, in the release.

“The synergy of NCAA approved coursework with NCAA bound athletes is a win for everyone involved,” stated Dr. Thuman in the release.  “Practicing your sport and practicing your education are no longer in competition!”

Scottsdale Online Learning is the online high school for Scottsdale Unified School District.  Enrollment is available free of charge to any student living in the state of Arizona and provides a competitive alternative to the traditional classroom setting allowing students the freedom to navigate individual passions and life opportunities, stated the release.

SOL is fully accredited by AdvancED, a nonprofit school-accrediting agency.  Additionally, SOL is also a NCAA-accredited program, which allows participating students the eligibility to play at the NCAA college level after completing high school.

Individuals seeking additional information should contact Scottsdale Online Learning at or via phone at 480-484-7905.

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