If a student plans to enroll in college as a freshman and wishes to participate in Division I or II intercollegiate athletics, your initial-eligibility status must be determined by the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse. Students should apply for certification after their junior year and only after an informed judgment has been made as to the prospect's potential at the Division I or II level.
The NCAA Guide for the College Bound Athlete, provided by the FCIAC, is a beneficial resource for student-athletes and parents to help lead them through this process.
At the end of senior year, all athletes must release their final grades with their guidance counselors. Their final grade will then be sent to the Clearinghouse. Failure to do so will result in ineligibility to play a sport freshman year at college.
Francene Moavero, Guidance Counselor, is Stamford High School's contact for the NCAA Clearinghouse. Any questions should be directed to her or call 977-4279. Student-athletes can now register online at http://www.ncaaclearinghouse.net. Click on Prospective Student-Athlete, then Domestic Student Release form and follow the directions given.
Preliminary requirements to be certified by the Clearinghouse, are as follows. A student must meet the following:
Graduate from high school (more specific details on form)
Earn a grade point average of at least 2.0 (on a 4.00 scale) in a core curriculum of at least 16 academic courses that were successfully completed during grades 9 through 12. Only courses listed as approved on your high school's "List of NCAA Approved Core Courses" can be used to calculate your NCAA GPA (additional details on form).
Earn a sum of scores of at least 68 on the ACT or a combined score of at least 820 on the recentered SAT on a national test date. (see form for more details)