If you are planning on playing college sports, then you must register your high school classes with the NCAA Eligibility Center. We recommend that you visit the NCAA link to review the required 16 Core Courses that are needed to be eligible.You may also meet with your counselor to review your courses to determine if the courses are on the NCAA approved course list. Also, NCAA recommends that you register during the summer after your 11th grade year.
Please visit the Eligibility Center for more NCAA information and to register courses. Click here to be taken to the Eligibility Center.
All NCAA student athletes must register with the Eligibility Center before they can receive an scholarship or play college sports for an NCAA school.
NCAA Eligibility Requirements
Your academic eligibility is determined using a combination of your high school graduation, GPA from your core courses and your SAT or ACT test scores.
Note: Division I Candidates must send SAT scores to NCAA using the code 9999.
- You must graduate from high school
- You must meet the minimum 2.3 GPA in your core courses
- You must meet the minimum requirements on your SAT or ACT test scores.
- Your GPA and SAT/ACT test scores must combine to meet the minimum requirements laid out on the sliding scale
What are core courses?
Not all high school classes count as NCAA core courses. Only classes in English, math (Algebra 1 or higher), natural or physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy may be approved as NCAA core courses. Remedial classes and classes completed through credit-by-exam are not considered NCAA core courses.
Classes that are not NCAA core courses include:
- Classes in non-core areas, fine arts or vocations such as driver education, typing, art, music, physical education or welding.
- Personal skill classes such as personal finance or consumer education.
- Classes taught below grade level, at a slower pace or with less rigor or depth. These classes are often titled basic, essential, fundamental or foundational.
- Classes that are not academic in nature such as film appreciation, video editing or greenhouse management
Get Ready. Get Set. Go!
- Ask your counselor for a list of your high school’s NCAA core courses to make sure you take the right classes.
- Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at eligibilitycenter.org.
- Check with your counselor to make sure you will graduate on time with the required number of NCAA core courses.
- Take the ACT or SAT and submit your scores to the NCAA using code 9999.
- At the end of the year, ask your counselor to upload your official transcript to the NCAA Eligibility Center.
- Finish your last NCAA core courses.
- Take the ACT or SAT again, if necessary, and submit your scores to the NCAA using code 9999.
- Complete all academic and amateurism questions in your NCAA Eligibility Center account at eligibilitycenter.org.
- After you graduate, ask your counselor to submit your final official transcript with proof of graduation to the NCAA Eligibility Center.
The 16 Core Courses:
- 4 years of English
- 3 years of Math (Algebra 1 or higher)
- 2 years of Natural/Physical Science (1 year of lab if offered)
- 1 year of addtional English, Math or Natural/Physical Science
- 2 years of Social Science
- 4 years additional courses (any area above, foreign language, or comparative religion/philosophy)
* 10 core courses, including 7 in English, Math or Sciences, must be completed before your seventh semester. Once you begin your seventh semester, you may not repeat or replace any of those 10 courses to imporve your core-course GPA
Buena Park High School's approved core courses can be found here. Our school code is 050378.
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