K12 NCAA Eligibility Problems

UPDATED to include information about K12’s press release on the NCAA’s ruling.

The NCAA recently announced that 24 specific K12 cyberschools will no longer be eligible for initial eligibility certification that would allow them to play Division 1 or 2 sports in college.

Subsequent to ongoing review, notification was sent to 24 schools affiliated with K12 Inc. this week informing them of a change in their NCAA status. Coursework completed from this group of schools in the 2014-15 academic year and beyond will not be used in the initial-eligibility certification process. Coursework completed from the spring 2013 semester through the spring 2014 semester will be subject to further review on a case-by-case basis, which will require additional academic documentation. Coursework completed in the fall 2012 semester and prior may be used in the initial-eligibility certification process.

(Please note that a number of other K12-affiliated schools remain under Extended Evaluation. For schools that remain under Extended Evaluation, coursework completed in the spring 2013 semester and beyond will continue to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Coursework completed in the fall 2012 semester and prior may be used in the initial-eligibility certification process. However, student-specific documentation for all coursework, regardless of completion date, will be required for schools that remain under Extended Evaluation.)

K12 Schools Affected by NCAA Policy Change

California Virtual Academy – San Joaquin
California Virtual Academy – San Diego
California Virtual Academy – Los Angeles
California Virtual Academy – Sutter
California Virtual Academy – Jamestown
California Virtual Academy – Kern
California Virtual Academy – San Mateo
California Virtual Academy – Kings
California Virtual Academy – Sonoma
San Francisco Flex Academy (CA)
Silicon Valley Flex Academy (Morgan Hill, CA)
California Virtual Academy – LA High
California Virtual Academy – Santa Ysabel

Colorado Virtual Academy Cova (North Glenn, CO)
Insight School of Colorado (Westminster, CO)

Georgia Cyber Academy (Atlanta, GA)

Nevada Virtual Academy (Las Vegas, NV)

Ohio Virtual Academy (Maumee, OH)

Oklahoma Virtual Charter Academy (Nicoma Park, OK)

Agora Cyber Charter School (Wayne, PA)

South Carolina
South Carolina Virtual Charter (Columbia, SC)

Washington Virtual Academy – Monroe (Tacoma, WA)
Insight School of Washington (Tacoma, WA)
IQ Academy Washington (Vancouver, WA)

K12’s corporate office issued a statement regarding the NCAA ruling. While they do not specifically say so, the press release suggests that the reason for the ruling relates to an NCAA requirement that students and instructors must have “ongoing access to one another” and “regular interaction” throughout the duration of the course.

Do you think K12 is being unfairly targeted by the NCAA?

More importantly, what is it about cyberschools and online education that is making certain students less competitive for even non-academic scholarships?

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2 thoughts on “K12 NCAA Eligibility Problems

  1. Where does it say why they are no longer initially elidgible? What specifically has caused the change? I imagine there’s some appeal process….

    As for the military viewing them in a negative light, they are simply grouping eligible recruits into categories based on their likelyness to stay in the service after their initial enlistment which is based on imperical evidence of their ranks. Not sure how or if that affects the recruits ability to enlist or choose their career path.

    My short experience with homeschooling and longer one with the military lead me to believe they are probably right in categorizing a kid from a traditional program as more likely to be able to adjust to military life and learning approach than the kids that mostl likely had less institutional structure in their schooling lives and therefore are more likely to reenlist. Doesn’t mean it’s true of all, just that their statistics bear it out. The bigger question is how does that initial categorization affect the recruits ability to enter or choose their career path all else being equal?

  2. Not to be hating on online school options – because there are some excellent programs out there – however, the military seems to see cyberschools in a negative light, also. Young people who enlist in any of the military branches are categorized as Tier 2 recruits if their high school diploma was “awarded upon completion of an accredited correspondence, home-study, internent, or distance learning program.”

    You can read the full DoD policy here: http://www.handinhandhomeschool.com/highschool/DOD-military-recruitment-policy.pdf

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