What's a Core Course and What's Not?

by Prez Ro, Matteson, IL
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What’s a Core Course, What’s Not and Recovery Programs?

In short, it MUST meet the following conditions:

1. Be an academic, four-year college preparatory course in these subject areas:
• English;
• Math (Algebra I or higher);
• Natural/physical science;
• Social science;
• Foreign language; or
• Comparative religion or philosophy.

2. Be taught at or above your high school’s regular academic level.

3. Receive credit towards high school graduation and appear on an official transcript with course title, grade, and credit awarded.

Now, for the flip side of the question - what is Not a Core Course?
• Courses in non-core areas, fine arts or vocations such as driver education, typing, art, music, physical education or welding.
• Courses that prepare students for the world of work or life, or for a two-year college or technical school, such as personal finance, consumer education or tech prep.
• Courses taught below grade level, at a slower pace or with less rigor or depth, such as basic, essential, fundamental or foundational courses.
• Courses which are not academic in nature such as film appreciation, video editing or greenhouse management.
• Credit-by-exam courses are not considered NCAA approved core courses.

Core Course Credits
You can earn credit for a core course only once. If you take a course that repeats the content of another core course, you earn credit for only one of these courses and the higher grade counts toward your core-course GPA.

Generally, you receive the same number of credits from the NCAA for a core course that you receive from your high school for the class. A one-year class taken over a longer period of time is considered one core course and is not awarded more than one credit.

For even more details on this critical subject-matter, visit the
NCAA student-athlete site


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