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Smith Stearns Tennis Academy

Address: 1 Lighthouse Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, United States
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Description Smith Stearns Tennis Academy

  • Location: Hilton Head, USA
  • Founded: 2002
  • Students age: from 4 years
  • Type of training: joint (mixed)
  • Type of accommodation: residence (full board)
  • Language of instruction: English.

Led by Stan Smith, the winner of many tennis tournaments, including the Grand Slam and the Davis Cup, and B.J. Sterns, Smith Stearns Tennis Academy is designed to educate future tennis players and the individual development of young players. The Academy is located in one of the best resorts in the country - The Sea Pines Resort on the island of Hilton Head, South Carolina.

The Academy was founded in 2002 to prepare young athletes for university, professional tennis competitions of the highest level. It promotes an atmosphere of family, intense work, camaraderie and fun. The Smith-Sterns approach speaks for itself: the school has raised many national and international champions, offering students one of the strongest college preparation programs in the country.

Highly qualified coaches work on an individual program with promising young people, helping them to reach their full potential as players. Living under the supervision of experienced teachers, an excellent academic program help students to develop further - as athletes, scientists, citizens.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Smith Stearns Tennis Academy

Program name

Full Time Academy - PM Only Program

The Full Time Academy - PM Only Program is designed for students attending school in the morning and completing their studies in the afternoon. The goal of the program is to pay special attention to the development of individual young players, using an individual approach to meeting the needs of each participant in training, fitness. Teachers help students achieve success in different areas of life.

Full Time Academy - All Day Program

The Full-Time - All Day program is designed to meet the needs of students who want to play two sessions a day. Programs run 9.5 months throughout the school year, but most students attend summer training as a summer camp.

Guest Program - $ 6,780 / 4 week

Smith Stearns offers the same level of education and training to those who do not plan to enter the academy on a full-time basis, but who wish to attend a part-time program or a guest program. The guest program works in conjunction with the full-time academy, allowing students to explore all the possibilities of the school. Programs are available for players of all levels, the duration of training at the academy depends on the needs of students.

The course includes accommodation, transport, food, laundry. For the weekend, entertainment is planned: trips to the beach, kayaking, bowling, cinema. Private lessons are available for students.

The school recommends that students who plan to join full-time study should first go through the guest program and evaluate one of the academy's trainers.

20.06.2020 -20.08.2020
from 6 780 $ / 4 weeks

Summer camps

Smith Stearns offers summer camps that give each student the opportunity to train with the best world-class trainers and other students who share similar goals. Whether it’s learning to play the summer national games or the desire to improve their position in the team, the participants will leave the academy, having received the correct training and instructions to achieve their goals.

The length of training in summer camps is flexible and depends on the needs of students. School specialists recommend that students come for a few weeks to get the most out of their training experience.

Summer camp programs include lodging, transportation, food, and laundry services. Fun summer activities are planned for evenings and weekends (trips to the beach, kayaking, bowling, cinema).

Private lessons are available for students to guarantee high-quality results, to form a close interaction with the trainer.

The school offers three types of summer programs:

  • Full time academy
  • Weekly, Holiday Camps
  • Summer Camps.

Accommodation, housing and food

Smith Stearns provides accommodation in small residences: four houses, each for one team up to 30 people. Each house is under the constant supervision of teachers, reproduces the family atmosphere. The staff of the residence provides transport, monitors the things of students, prepares food.

Spacious houses have a common living room, dining room, kitchen, laundry room, student bedrooms, and bathrooms. Students share bedrooms that they can decorate to their liking, and an adjoining bathroom. Each student has his own learning space; wireless internet is available throughout the house.

Pupils are provided with delicious home-cooked dishes, everyone has the opportunity to request their favorite dishes. The staff of the residences takes into account various requests for food, the needs of children with food allergies.

Events Smith Stearns Tennis Academy

Smith Stearns Tennis Academy offers students a variety of social activities:

  • Children 12 years and younger take part in a free half-hour excursion with dolphins.
  • One free family photo shoot on the beach with certified professionals at Memory Lane Portraits.
  • Eco-adventures, events for two at The Sea Pines Resort, Coastal Discovery Museum, historic Honey Horn.
  • Free access for two guests to Harbor Town Lighthouse.


  • Smith Stearns is proud of its world-class coaching staff, a family-friendly atmosphere, and the ability to tailor programs to individual student needs.
  • The school provides year-round training opportunities: technical and tactical training, match training, physical training, lectures on psychology and nutrition. Additional programs: consultations on nutrition, physical therapy, yoga, flexibility.
  • Trainings and competitions help students find like-minded people who share similar sports and academic goals.
  • Smith Stearns Tennis Academy is committed to helping young people become fully educated, responsible adults.
  • Most graduates of the Academy receive a scholarship after admission to colleges and universities.
  • Coaches help students with the preparation and development of strategies for tournaments: they attend most southern, national tournaments, all ITF events throughout the year.
  • The educational institution offers a program of social events: trips to a shopping center, beach, cinema, pool parties, group trips to theme parks, tennis matches among students.
  • The Academy is located in one of the best resorts in the country - The Sea Pines Resort on the island of Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Equipment Smith Stearns Tennis Academy

The Academy is located in the world famous Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island. The Sea Pines Resort is located on the south side of the island on a 5,000 acre oceanfront site. This quiet place to relax has been attracting tourists for over 50 years.

Sea Pines Resort offers many family and individual events, including a visit to the beach, a golf championship, tennis, bicycle paths. Program participants have unlimited use of The Sea Pines Resort fitness center equipment: 2 hours of free tennis per day at the Racquet Club The Sea Pines.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees


  • Monday-Friday - 8: 00-10: 00, 14: 00-17: 00
  • Saturday - 8: 00-10: 00.

Full-time program schedule, guest courses:

  • Monday-Friday - 8: 00-10: 00, 14: 30-17: 15
  • Saturday - 8: 00-10: 00.

Additional expenses:

  • School uniform - $ 400.
  • Prepayment - $ 5000

Extra fees:

  • Deposit for a course/programme 5000 USD
  • Uniform 400 USD

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

The Academy accepts applicants of all skill levels - from beginners to the best international players. She holds a reception year-round, but it is recommended to apply until April 1 for the next school year, since the number of places is limited.

Students provide:

  • Filled in the full registration form on the site
  • Personal statement
  • Letters of recommendation.

After receiving the application, students undergo an interview on campus and receive a notification of admission within two weeks after processing the application.

All international students must obtain an F-1 student visa.

Scholarships Smith Stearns Tennis Academy

Throughout the year, the school offers various discounts on individual courses.

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Recommendations on when to apply

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- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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