Deciding to pursue collegiate level sports is one of the biggest decisions a student-athlete will make during their high school career. This is why it is vital that you discuss your NCAA options with your advisor during your initial conversation. Even if you are not sure if you will be pursuing NCAA, you should still alert your advisor to the possibility. It is best to err on the side of caution than to try to play catch up in your junior year and fall short. In order to make sure you are prepared to pursue NCAA Eligibility, there are some things you will need to keep in mind while enrolled with Bridgeway Academy.
We have two programs in which the NCAA athlete can enroll.
Option One: Bridgeway Academy Umbrella Program (850955). Bridgeway Academy's Umbrella Program is an NCAA 'cleared' program. Therefore, Bridgeway Academy can upload completed transcripts for each student directly to the NCAA portal. In addition, we assist students with the homeschool review process, which includes submitting Core Course Worksheets, Core Course Addendums, a Homeschool Statement, and various other documents at the request of NCAA. We strongly advise that students in this program retain copies of all school work completed each year in the event that NCAA requests to view the student's work. Students can take advantage of Bridgeway's 'cleared' status in three distinct ways.
- Enroll in our Total Care Textbook program. The Total Care Textbook program means that your student will fulfill all core courses using the textbook courses that Bridgeway has found to be approved by the NCAA. Because NCAA does NOT list specific courses under the umbrella program approval, it is important that you inform your advisor of your status as an athlete to ensure that your core courses are those that meet approval.
- Enroll in our Support Program. Students may also enroll in our Support program and make their own decisions on courses. Our advisors will support you throughout your homeschool program and provide fully accredited records and transcripts. However, it is your responsibility to ensure that the courses you select meet NCAA requirements.
- Take individual textbook courses. Due to the 'cleared' status for our Bridgeway Academy Umbrella Program, many athletes seek to fulfill specific core course requirements through Bridgeway Academy by enrolling in a select number of courses. Purchase by course for the same support and NCAA assistance provided in our Total Care Textbook Program.
Option Two: Total Care Elite Program. The second program is our Elite Program through Edgenuity Instructional Services. This falls under our Bridgeway Academy Program (390031). This program is listed as 'Extended Evaluation' on the NCAA portal. Students in this program will also be up for review of their individual work while in this program. All courses must be completed through Edgenuity and all submissions will come directly from Edgenuity to NCAA.
Requirements for Both Programs
There are multiple requirements that students will need to keep in mind while working on their school work. These requirements are dictated by NCAA and leave very little room for adjustments so it is vital that you and your student understand the expectations before beginning either program. Your Bridgeway Advisor will work with you throughout the year to ensure you are following these guidelines.
- Students must complete all core courses within a four year high school period. Students may take a couple high school level courses in eighth grade, however, once they enter ninth grade, they have eight semesters in which to complete their high school career.
- Students must complete 16 core courses before the end of the senior year. Ten of those core courses need to be completed by the end of their junior year, seven of which should be English, math, and natural/physical science courses. Required core courses are as follows:
- 4 English
- 3 Math (Algebra I or higher)
- 2 years natural/physical science (lab if possible)
- 2 years social science (social studies)
- 1 additional year English, Math or Science
- 4 additional years English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language, Comparative religion or philosophy
- Students cannot use credit recovery courses for NCAA eligibility. Additionally, students cannot double up on their English, Math, Science, Social Studies, or Foreign Language courses. For example, a student cannot take both English I and English II at the same time. They must complete one before starting the other.
- All coursework must be completed in a timely manner. NCAA defines this as no less than 12 weeks for a semester course and no more than 36 weeks for a full year course. Students are provided with 18 weeks/150 calendar days to complete each semester. Extensions of up to two weeks can be provided in extenuating circumstances but should not be expected.
- Students must complete 100% of all coursework. This means that students are unable to skip even one assignment in the online or textbook programs. Please plan accordingly to ensure your student has the time to complete all assignments.
- NCAA cares about the quality of the work being completed and therefore requires a minimum GPA in all core courses of 2.3 or higher. However, students should be mindful that they couple this with the students SAT/ACT score. Basically, the lower your GPA, the higher they expect your test scores to be. You can read more about test scores here.
- NCAA students are limited to no more than three test and quiz retakes. This means that students need to thoroughly prepare for all tests and quizzes prior to taking them as they will have few chances to retake them. If a student fails a test or quiz, they should revisit the lessons leading up to that assessment prior to retaking the test or quiz. We reserve the right to further limit retakes if we notice a student is not properly preparing for these assessments.
Requirements for Elite Program
- Edgenuity courses run on a semester basis and are broken into sections A and B. Much like different levels of English courses cannot be taken at the same time, different sections of these courses cannot be taken at the same time. Therefore, if a student needs to continue English IA in the second semester, they cannot also take English IB. This could affect the student as they strive to complete all coursework by the end of the semester. It is very important to remain on track with assignments to avoid this situation.
Requirements for Textbook Program
Students will need to complete Core Course Addendums in addition to their coursework. These are additional projects or writing assignments that help add to the student's program and help demonstrate learning. We recommend completing one per quarter. Do not wait until the end of the school year to complete all four assignments. Documents are provided by your advisor upon enrollment in your courses.
All coursework should be retained in the event that NCAA requests to see examples. It is the parent's responsibility to retain this information.
Core course worksheets will need to be prepared and presented for all core courses completed each year. If courses are completed through Bridgeway Academy using curriculum we provided, we will prepare these documents for you. If you elect to use your own curriculum, you will be responsible to prepare these forms.
Our Umbrella Program has been approved, but home school textbook courses are not "approved," and never will be, for Bridgeway or any other Umbrella Program. When it comes to home school textbook courses, NCAA approves them on an as submitted basis. Your advisor will select courses NCAA has previously accepted for our students, and we are confident will pass through NCAA’s approval process. Some examples of curriculum we have used with success in the past are found below:
ACE (Accelerated Christian Education)
- AOP (Alpha Omega Publications- not SOS or Monarch)
- BJUP (textbook, not DVD or Online)
- Paradigm (English only)
- Write Source
- Pearson-Out of Many
- Mr. D Math (with live Component only)
As a homeschool academy, we understand the importance of providing flexibility for you and your student-athlete. Unfortunately, in order to obtain a cleared status for both programs, we do need to adhere to the requests of NCAA. It is important that our student-athletes and their parents understand their part in ensuring the student is meeting the requirements outlined above as it directly affects their eligibility. If we find that a student is not adhering to the outlined requirements, we may need to take action leading to the student being withdrawn.