There are a total of 32 semesters of core courses required during the high school years. The obvious ones are English, science, math and history. To make up the balance, students can take foreign language, psychology, sociology, and intro to law, for example. Computer, music, drama or other business classes won’t count toward the 32 semesters for the NCAA.
For a complete listing, you can look on the NCAA website (ncaa.org), but your son’s coach and counselor should also have this information.
Please encourage your son to keep his grades up. This is really important because the NCAA operates on a sliding scale for scores. What this means is the higher the GPA, the lower the ACT score can be and vice versa.
You didn’t say what grade your son is in, but even if he’s only a ninth-grader, it’s time to ensure the correct classes are being taken. However, any course taken for high school credit plays into this equation.
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