The old system at the previous comprehensive high school funneled many underperforming students into GED programs, vocational classes, and remedial tracks. Only the most elite students were allowed access to more advanced courses. However, CRA’s leaders rejected this system of sorting and stratification, and the school requires no GPA or test-score cutoffs for students to be eligible to take challenging courses (including AP classes offered on campus and others offered online). CRA also eliminated the old lower-track classes, ensuring that all students have access to a college-preparatory curriculum. Further, the school is careful to design its master schedule with access in mind so that scheduling conflicts don’t prevent students from taking rich and rigorous courses.
Leading the NAIA — Division I and Division II — is no easy feat. But that doesn’t stop Olivet’s Tigerball women’s basketball team from continuing to set records. As of February 21, 2017, the team led all NAIA, NCAA and NJCAA schools with an average of points per game and a total of 449 three-pointers made this season. In addition, the team broke the Olivet program record of 155 points scored in one game, setting a new program best and just 4 points shy of NAIA record.
“This year’s Tigerball team has a relationship that is rare,” says Gary Newsome ’74, director of athletics. “They care for each other, support each other and are completely unselfish. That attribute can be directly linked to their coach, Lauren Stamatis [’09 .]. She is not only knowledgeable about the Tigerball system and basketball in general, but is genuinely concerned about each of her athletes.”
This season’s scoring leaders, average 17 points per game, are junior Maggie Schmidt and sophomore Jess Learned.
"After coming off of a record breaking Elite Eight appearance in the NAIA Tournament last year and graduating several of our top scorers and leaders, we came into this season with a lot of unknowns,” says Head Coach Lauren Stamatis ’09 . “I am incredibly proud of this team and how they stick with one another through the good and not-so-good times. Because of this, I know we are better as people and as a team."