I would like to add to this discussion, I have talked with representatives at the NCAA Clearinghouse recently, but keep in mind I am not an expert, but well informed.
rerun is correct in what he says above.
If you want to be D1 cleared there are 16 core courses you need to have passed and completed in 4 years. Then they take your GPA of the 16.
There is also a sliding scale that is used along with your SAT score. After you graduated, you are allowed to take 1 additional course in your 5th year. Obviously the SAT is a key ingredient.
If you want D2 there are 14 core courses you need to have passed and completed but the time constraint does not apply.... as yet. If you are in your 5th year and need more than 1, this is allowed for now. And of course the SAT is key, but your score does not need to be as high (min. score 820)
One big differnce between D1 and D2 is funding/full scholarships.
D1 has more money. D2 has less full scholarships but has partial scholarships, depending on the college.
JUCO, NAIA, D3 can try to subsidize or have work plans but they don't
have the budget, and US Colleges are expensive for International students.
So generally speaking for now these schools can be a stepping stone to bigger programs, but the competition is incredibly tough. Some JUCO, NAIA, D3 schools you do not have to take the SAT, but you must check with the specific college.
As for these courses, as soon as you enter grade 9, you need timetabling support and some may say...you must take the academically tougher road.
Realistically, it will be very challenging for some student-elite athletes to handle the pressures of school, basketball, and the social-emotional side of the school environment (i.e. "the fame").
Grade 9 Year 1 - ENG1D, MPM1D, SNC1D, CGC1D, FSF1D
Grade 10 Year 2 - ENG2D, MPM2D, SNC2D, CHC2D,
Grade 11 Year 3 - ENG3U, MCF3M or MCR3U,
Grade 12 Year 4 - ENG4U, EWC4U,
I have only listed 13 of the 16 required at the end of your 4 years in high school for D1 eligibility....you would need to pass/complete 3 "specific" more courses, but you get the idea.
I hope this helps, or at least starts a discussion with your friends, family, teachers, guidance councillors, coaches, mentors.
I personally feel this is a large gap that needs to be filled in our basketball community. "It takes a village to raise a child"
Good luck this season.
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