Sonny Guadarrama Academy, Elite Austin-Area Soccer Prep Academy, Names Laurel Springs School Official Education Partner


Partnership gives student-athletes an advantage with a flexible, online education structure accompanied by in-person teaching; student experience combines elite training, education and development of life skills for well-rounded soccer players

AUSTIN, TX. (August 05, 2022) – Professional soccer school Sonny Guadarrama Academy (SGA) announced today an exclusive partnership with education provider Laurel Springs School, a leading private online school offering K-12 and postgraduate programs. The partnership will offer student-athletes in grades 1-8 with a fully accredited mastery-based online education model supported by an in-house educational staff and coupled with professional level coaching. This will give students the flexibility to train, travel, and compete at an elite level, while receiving a premier education. 

SGA operates under the unofficial mantra, “we build champions,” taking promising young soccer players to the next level on the field and in life. Each SGA coach has a minimum of 15 years professional soccer tenure on the international stage. They bring that experience to SGA student athletes daily. With decades of educational expertise behind their offering, Laurel Springs was a perfect complement to the SGA elite coaching model. This all adds up to a unique comprehensive athletic and academic learning environment.

The Laurel Springs approach to online education gives SGA student-athletes a distinct advantage, providing students with a flexible education, allowing them to pursue their passions while developing core skills like time management and accountability. This adds up to a high quality college preparatory education for athletes poised to play at the collegiate level and beyond. 

SGA founder Sonny Guadarrama had this to say about the partnership, “It has long been my dream to open a soccer-focused school to cultivate young talent. From our professional coaches to our enthusiastic educational support staff, we are passionate about preparing student-players for the next level on the field and in life. We were so genuinely thrilled to find in Laurel Springs School, a partner who shares our drive for creating groundbreaking educational experiences. We’re so pleased to be working with them.”

 The SGA model for development focuses on a holistic educational experience, bringing together the development of life skills, an exemplary curriculum and exposure to elite professional soccer training led by Sonny Guadarrama, highly regarded as an influential figure in soccer, as well as coaches Kekuta Manneh, Ever Guzmán and Xavier Báez, renowned International soccer players. 

The partnership also includes the development of a case study evaluating the SGA model for education and elite soccer training.

About Laurel Springs School

Laurel Springs School has offered accredited private online K-12 and postgraduate academic programs since its establishment in 1991. Laurel Springs values and encourages student individuality and recognizes the need to aid them in aligning their passions and pursuits with their academic aspirations. By providing expert faculty to teach more than 200 college prep courses paired with a student-driven personalization for academic design and vibrant student life of over 30 clubs and activities, Laurel Springs fosters inquiry, growth, mastery, purpose, and independence within each student. On average, students attending Laurel Springs earn higher than the national average scores on the SAT and ACT, which has led to acceptance to the top colleges and universities. Of the more than 4,500 graduates from over 100 countries, Laurel Springs alumni can be found leading today’s business, education, athletics, and entertainment industries. Learn more at

About Sonny G Academy

At Sonny G Academy (SGA), we build champions on the field and in life. Our soccer-based school brings professional coaching, premier educational experiences, and superior life skills development to students in grades 1-8 in the Austin, Texas area and beyond. We are proud to be shaping the next generation of leaders, ready for whatever life throws at them, poised for success. For more information about SGA, please follow us on Instagram and visit

Corey Carmichael
Robin Communications

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