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NCAA- Eligbility Requirements for Divisions I & II

All Prospective Student Athlete's (PSA's) who plan to participate in Division I &/or II sports need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. To register, please go to the Eligibility Center website.

Be sure to look at your high school's list of NCAA courses on the NCAA Eligibility Center's website. Only courses that appear on your school's list of NCAA Courses will be used in the calculation of core GPA. Use the list as a guide.

All of this information was taken from the NCAA. If you would like to access the website please visit the NCAA Eligibility Requirements.

Core Courses

NCAA Division I requires 16 core courses. NCAA Division II currently requires 14 core courses. Division II will require 16 core courses for students enrolling on or after August 1, 2013.

NCAA Division I will require 10 core courses to be complete prior to the seventh semester (seven of the 10 must be combination of English, Math, and natural or physical science that meet the distribution requirements below). These 10 courses become "locked in" at the seventh semester and cannot be retaken for grade improvement.

Beginning August 1, 2016, it will be possible for a Division I college-bound student-athlete to still receive athletics aid and the ability to practice with the team if he or she fails to meet the 10 course requirement, but would not be able to compete.

Test Scores

Division I uses a sliding scale to match test scores and core grade point averages (GPA). The sliding scale for those requirements is shown on page 2 of this sheet (see sliding scale attachment).

Division II requires minimum SAT score of 820 or an ACT sum of 68.The SAT score used for NCAA purposes includes onlythe critical reading and math sections. The writing section of the SAT is not used.

The ACT score used for NCAA purposes is a sum of the following four sections: English, Mathematics, reading and science.

When you register for the SAT or ACT, use the NCAA Eligibility Center code of 9999 to ensure all SAT and ACT scores are reportedly directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center from the testing agency. Test scores that appear on transcripts will not be used.

Test Scores

Division I uses a sliding scale to match test scores and core grade point averages (GPA). The sliding scale for those requirements is shown on page 2 of this sheet (see sliding scale attachment).

Division II requires minimum SAT score of 820 or an ACT sum of 68.The SAT score used for NCAA purposes includes onlythe critical reading and math sections. The writing section of the SAT is not used.

The ACT score used for NCAA purposes is a sum of the following four sections: English, Mathematics, reading and science.

When you register for the SAT or ACT, use the NCAA Eligibility Center code of 9999 to ensure all SAT and ACT scores are reportedly directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center from the testing agency. Test scores that appear on transcripts will not be used.

Required Courses:

Divison I
16 Core Courses

  • 4 Years of English
  • 3 Years of Mathematics(Algebra I or Higher)
  • 2 Years of Natural / Physical Science (1 Year of lab if offered by high school)
  • 1 Year of Additional English, Mathematics, or Science
  • 4 Years of Additional Courses (from any area above, Foreign Lanaguage or Comparative Religion / Philosophy)

Division II
14 Core Courses

  • 3 Years of English
  • 2 Years of Mathematics(Algebra I or higher)
  • 2 Years of Natural / Physical Science (1 Year of lab if offered by high school)
  • 2 Years of additional English, Mathematics, or Science
  • 2 Years of Social Science
  • 3 Years of Additional Courses(from any area above, Foreign Language, or Comparative Religion / Philosophy)

Division II
16 Core Courses
(2013 and After)

  • 3 Years of English
  • 2 Years of Mathematics(Algebra I or higher)
  • 2 Years of Natural / Physical Science (1 Year of lab if offered by high school)
  • 3 Years of additional English, Mathematics, or Science
  • 2 Years of Social Science
  • 4 Years of Additional Courses(from any area above, Foreign Language, or Comparative Religion / Philosophy)

College & Post Grad Planning

Our guidance department strongly encourages students to start their post-graduate planning as early as possible. Whether you are interested in a four-year college or university, a community college or technical education, it is never too soon to start researching your options. While each student may follow an individualized path to making this decision, the following framework is in place to insure that all students participate in planning and exploration.

Grade 9

In Grade 9, through our 9th Grade Academy Guidance Lessons, students will be introduced to Naviance, a college and career planning program. Through Naviance, students will register for individual accounts which they will have access to for the next four years. They will also complete a Learning Style Inventory and Career Interest Profiler as part of their Naviance tasks. Both exercises will assist students in discovering which learning environment best suits their own personalized needs, and which career clusters may match their interests. Additionally, students will participate in a mock college admissions exercise during which they will analyze transcripts and resumes of "students" as if they were college admissions officers. Through this exercise, students gain an understanding of college admission factors such as: GPA, rank, extra-curricular activities and participation in rigorous coursework.

Grade 11

In Grade 11, students will begin this busy year by taking the PSAT in October. Stonington High School registers all students for this test which is the practice version of the SAT. There is no charge for our juniors to take this test. Students will attend an informational assembly and will receive prep books prior to taking the test. Results are distributed in December. Students should analyze their results with their guidance counselor and determine if additional preparation may be needed prior to taking the SAT. Also, during the same month, juniors will attend the SHS College Fair. Prior to the fair, students will attend an assembly which introduces them to the college fair format. Next, in December, all juniors will participate in a College Workshops, facilitated by the SHS Guidance Department and held during all junior English classes. During this workshop, students will receive handouts and information related to the following: college admission factors, visiting colleges, developing your college list, SAT/ACT tests, NCAA, letters of recommendation and more! Students are encouraged to bring this information home to be shared with their parents and families. Following these workshops, an evening meeting will be hosted in January, which will introduce parents to this same information. Prior to the end of junior year, students should have a minimum of one meeting with their guidance counselor to discuss their post graduate plans. It is very important to include the guidance staff throughout this process!

Grade 10

In Grade 10, students will participate in additional Naviance tasks including the Personality Profiler which helps to link their personal traits to career clusters and college majors. Additionally, in the spring of 10th grade, students will participate in a Naviance scavenger hunt. During this activity, facilitated by the guidance department, students will use the comprehensive college search tool to access information about colleges including: size, location, cost, majors, admission requirements and more! Also, in October, grade 10 students may opt to take the PSAT by registering in our guidance department at a cost of approximately $15. This is an optional activity in grade 10 as all students will take the PSAT in grade 11.

Grade 12

Grade 12 is certainly a very busy year for our students! By the end of fall of their senior year, students are encourage to finalize their plans, including their college lists, with their counselor. Additionally, students who are making plans to enter technical schools, community colleges or the military are also encouraged finalize their plans at this time. Many colleges and universities have deadlines as early as mid- October and early November. Additionally, our department always encourages students who are applying to any of the CT State Universities, to apply no later than December 1. In late September of this year, the guidance department will host College Application Night. Students and parents are encouraged to attend this evening meeting which will focus solely on the college application process. During the school day in early October, seniors will attend the SHS College Fair. Throughout most of September, October and November, in addition to the College Fair, college representatives from select schools will make visits to our Career Center. Students may view the schedule and sign-up to attend these visits through their Naviance account. These visits are intended for students who have a sincere interest in a particular school, and would like an opportunity to meet with the school's representative. Finally, in late fall, SHS will host a Financial Aid Night. This evening will focus on all aspects of financial aid including FAFSA, student loans, and scholarships. The event is facilitated by Carolyn Karno of Education Funding Strategies. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend this very informative evening session!

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