Manager, Figure Skating Programs
Karissa Woienski

National Vice Chair, School Programs
Dorothy Tank

High School Programs

Mixing school with the many hours of training you do for figure skating is difficult, but it's not impossible. Skaters have managed to balance skating and studies for years, and the two are compatible. However, it's important to avail yourself of the many resources available to you. U.S. Figure Skating supports your athlete through the School Programs Subcommittee of the Program Development Committee. Here you will find information about high school teams and upcoming competitions as well as other resources to improve your experience as a skater and a student.

High School Skating News

Registration and handbook for the 2019-20 High School season is now available in the Resources box! 

The location and date for the 2020 National High School Final is TBD. 

If your club or council is planning a high school competition, please email Karissa Woienski ( with the information so she can add it to the high school competition calendar.

2019-20 High School Figure Skating Competitions

High School Competitions Calendar

The 2020 National High School Final location is TBD, tentatively planned for April 18-19, 2020. If you know a club that would be interested in hosting, please contact Karissa Woienski.

High School Teams

School affiliated clubs offer skaters the opportunity to continue their participation in the sport of figure skating in a team environment, while also increasing awareness about their sport within their high school. Several states offer high school competition series and state finals where high school teams compete against each other in multiple competitions throughout the year. Additionally, the High School Final is held annually in March or April – this national event is open to any registered high school team. High school competitions offer a variety of events, from traditional free skate programs to solo dance and team maneuvers. For more information, check out the Competition Handbook in the resources box.

A list of current high school teams is posted in the resources box throughout the academic year.

If you are interested in starting a club at your high school, please check out the “How to Start a High School Program” guide. In order to start a figure skating club at your high school, you must have two skaters on the team; skaters may combine from several different area high schools if there are not enough skaters at your school to form a team. Teams must be approved by school administrators and then registered with U.S. Figure Skating, using the link above, in order to be eligible to compete in U.S. Figure Skating sanctioned high school competitions.

Graduating Seniors Program

The Graduating Seniors Program was developed to recognize the achievements of skaters graduating from high school who have made the commitment to continue their training in figure skating while pursuing their studies. To be considered for this award, applicants must complete an online application during their senior year.

Following the application deadline and review process by U.S. Figure Skating in late Spring, Graduating Seniors certificates and award materials will be directly mailed to the applicant's house. At the same time, an e-mail describing the award and distinction will be sent to the listed point of contact at the athlete's school. For more information on the program, visit the Graduating Seniors page.

Skating and School Are Compatible

Your U.S. Figure Skating home club is a wonderful resource. The club can help parents, skaters and coaches with many school issues. The probability is high that a skater in your school or district has already "broken the ice" with school officials. Ask questions and follow up with any lead you may have.

A complete education is a valuable asset in life. In order to coordinate school and skating here are some helpful hints: Plan in the early spring for next fall, especially when you are changing from elementary school, to middle school and to high school. School officials need you to educate them about skating and the needs of your student/athlete.

Help the school and counselors help you. Time off, schedule reorganization and physical education credit through independent study are possible only if you plan well in advance. Asking for these options after school starts creates administrative disruption and ultimately a refusal to help. Some changes take six months to a year to pass through proper channels. If your school does not allow credit for skating, there is a packet available through School Programs that is independent study for physical education. If you present this easy outline to your physical education department, it may help.

When qualifying competition (regional) applications are distributed in the fall, skaters can download the School Absence Support Letter on this page to take to your school. If the skater is intermediate and below, these letters of support can be written by your club officers.

School Programs are under the auspices of the Program Development Committee.

Past Events

2019 High School Final
Brighton, Michigan
March 30, 2019
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2018 High School Final
Northbrook, Illinois
March 24-25, 2018
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Click here to view photos from the event

2017 High School Final
Dearborn, MI
March 31 – April 2, 2017
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2016 High School Final
Strongsville, OH
April 15-17, 2016
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2015 High School Final
Strongsville, OH
April 18 – 19, 2015
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