The boys’ school connects academics, with football coming to Pearland next year

Yahya Hussein knows what he wants, and, in just 10 years, he has set a goal to achieve it. Student this year during the opening of the Nexus Futbol Academy, the soccer player spends his days as a peer, working on reading, writing and arithmetic. But Yahya’s day comes with a twist, including time on the football field and a gym that completes his game.

This school sports model is the foundation of Nexus, an all-school boys’ school for grades 4-8 built in 2021 by Ibrahim Firat and Henry Costas to provide soccer players with a high level of education and sports training during the elementary school years. . The duo have links to the Houston Dynamo team and the combined Houston Dynamo Academy, which cater for high school students who want to follow football.

Firat Fiat Education’s personal student consulting service oversees the Nexus education field. Costas of Heart and Sole Futsal Academy use his soccer skills to train students.

The course is $ 15,000 and scholarship and financial assistance are available.

A resident of Katy, Yahya travels daily to a temporary school location in Spring Branch and plans to move to Pearland next year when the school moves to a permanent location at 2045 Reflection Bay. But despite the long run and the challenges of sports and school education, the young man said he enjoyed the opportunity.

“It’s an amazing school, and you play soccer for half a day,” he said, adding quickly, “Scholars are fine, too.”

One of only six boys registered this year, Yahya said the team is close and happy together.

“We are all friends, and we laugh and play together,” he said.

Firat said this kind of relationship between boys is important. At least four student athletes are expected to be enrolled in the next school year from this area.

Nexus students must pass an entrance exam to find their place.

They spend 19 hours a week in class on academic activities, including math, science, foreign language, social studies and reading. Time is spent on field trips with volunteers, as well.

Yes, soccer practice plays a major role in the school day, as it does the condition, both physically and mentally, stretching and preventing injuries, and focusing on nutrition, to prepare the boys for some soccer training that may come in the future. in a special high school and, hopefully, a career in sports.

The school has eight staff members including traditional teachers, a nutritionist and a doctorate in psychology and psychosocial training for boys.

Firat said his goal with Costas is to create a balance for these boys that they can achieve through traditional education.

He says: “I often see thinner kids overloaded with schoolwork while doing homework, homework and schoolwork. “We wanted to change the game and provide a more balanced and streamlined model.”

If you ask a parent Mike Rusaw, he would say yes.

A recent installation to Houston from Dallas, moved south so that his son Harrison Rusaw, 9, could travel to the Nexus.

“I am very impressed with the academic and athletic side of the school,” said Rusaw.

He’s sure what Nexus can do for his son to achieve if he has plans to move his wife and other child to Houston to join him and Harrison in the coming months. He said that, initially, he and Harrison were the only ones who moved to Bayou City to see how the new school would go.

What impresses him most, he says, is how this school is different from other institutions, which offer students looking at students online instead of teaching one-on-one in a brick and mortar classroom.

“At Nexus they really teach them,” Rusaw said. “Harrison has already read two books and written a poem.”

He compared the Nexus method to the way aspiring soccer players in Europe and South America are trained and taught in school.

According to Firat, two school facilities – education and training – complement each other, giving boys the opportunity to burn all day, which only helps in their academic performance.

“The academics at Nexus are more challenging than you can see in both public and private schools, and the movement of boys all day is having a huge impact on their grades,” said Firat.

Rusaw said the situation convinced him to uproot his family.

“We decided to relocate Harrison (from Dallas to Houston) based on the success he can have here,” he said. “It’s part of a long-term plan for him.”

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