National Collegiate Athletic Association

The NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse is the organization that determines whether prospective college athletes are eligible to play sports at NCAA Division I or Division II institutions. It does this by reviewing the student athlete's academic record, SAT or ACT scores, and amateur status to ensure conformity with NCAA rules. Burlington High School recognizes that many of our students are interested in participating in collegiate sports. To play sports at an NCAA Division I or Division II institution, the student must:

- Complete a certain number of high school “core courses” (approved by NCAA)
- Earn a certain minimum grade point average in these core courses
- Earn a certain minimum score on the SAT or ACT (this is scaled according to the student's core-course GPA)
- Graduate from high school

“Core courses" is the name that the NCAA gives to high school courses that meet certain academic criteria specified by the association. Students must complete a certain number of core courses for NCAA Division I and II eligibility. If approved, the courses are added to a database that the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse maintains. You can view a list of approved core courses on the NCAA clearinghouse webs-site at Presently only AP, Honors, and CP courses at Burlington High School are approved by NCAA as NCAA approved core courses.