NCAA Requirements for High School Athletes

If your goal is to play NCAA Division I or II athletics, it is very important you review the information provided in the Program of Studies as well as meeting with your Guidance Counselor. The NCAA rules are very stringent and inflexible. Exceptions to the rules are not made.
 
In order to be eligible to practice and participate in intercollegiate athletics and receive an athletic scholarship the first year of attendance, a freshman student entering an NCAA Division I or Division II institution must successfully complete a core curriculum in high school of at least 16 academic courses and earn a combined SAT or ACT sum score that matches your core-course grade point average and test score sliding scale found on the NCAA Clearinghouse website – www.ncaaclearinghouse.net.
 
 
NCAA Approved Courses at LP
Listed below are courses within our curriculum that meet the NCAA Core Curriculum Requirements. Consult your guidance counselor for additional questions. Do not limit yourself to these courses alone.
 
English
Mathematics
Social Science
Natural & Physical Science
Additional Core Courses
American Novels
British Literature 1
British Literature 2
Creative Writing
English 1
English 1/Honors
English 2
English 2/Honors
English 3
Eng Lang & Comp/AP
Eng Lit & Comp/AP
College Prep English
Multicultural Literature
Shakespeare
Sophomore Speech
Speech
Speech/Honors
Block Algebra 1
 Algebra 1
Algebra 1/Honors
Algebra 2
Algebra 2/Honors
Applied Algebra A
(.5CU MAX/YR)
Applied Algebra B
(.5CU MAX/YR)
Calculus AB/AP
Geometry
Geometry/Honors
Pre-Calculus
Pre-Calculus/Honors
Statistics/AP
American Government
Applied Psychology
Contemporary World Affairs
Geography
Government & Politics: Comp/AP
Government & Politics US/AP
Principles of Economics
Psychology
Psychology/AP
Sociology
US History
US History/Honors
US History/AP
World History
World History/Honors
Advanced Biology
Advanced Chemistry
Anatomy & Physiology
Biology
Biology/AP
Biology/Honors
Chemistry of Living Systems
Chemistry
Earth Science
Forensic Science
Physical Science
Physics
French 1
French 2
French 3
French 4
German 1
German 2
German 3
German 4
Spanish 1
Spanish 2
Spanish 3
Spanish 4
Spanish Language/AP
 
If you plan to enter college, you will need to present 16 core courses in the following breakdown:
  • 4 years of English                            
  • 3 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher)                            
  • 2 years of natural/physical science (one must be a lab science)                            
  • 1 year of additional English, math or science                            
  • 2 years of social studies                            
  • 4 years of additional core courses (from any area listed above, or from foreign language, nondoctrinal religion or philosophy)
 
For additional information on the NCAA Core Curriculum requirements, you can visit their website at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net.
 
 
NCAA STUDENT TIMELINE
  • Grade 9
    • Verify with your high school guidance counselor and the online core-course listing to make sure you are on track.
  • Grade 10
    • Verify with your high school guidance counselor and the online core-course listing to make sure you are on track.
  • Grade 11
    • Register with the eligibility center.
    • Make sure you are still on course to meet core-course requirements (verify you have the correct number of core courses and that the core courses are on your high school's 48-H with the eligibility center).
    • After your junior year, have your high school guidance counselor send a copy of your transcript. If you have attended any other high schools, make sure a transcript is sent to the eligibility center from each high school.
    • When taking the ACT or SAT, request test scores to be sent to the eligibility center (the code is "9999").
    • Begin your amateurism questionnaire.
  • Grade 12
    • When taking the ACT or SAT, request test scores to be sent to the eligibility center (the code is "9999").
    • Complete amateurism questionnaire and sign the final authorization signature online on or after April 1 if you are expecting to enroll in college in the fall semester. (If you are expecting to enroll for spring semester, sign the final authorization signature on or after October 1 of the year prior to enrollment.)
    • Have your high school guidance counselor send a final transcript with proof of graduation to the eligibility center.