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Athletic Eligibility


Chicago Public Schools

A student is considered eligible for the start of the upcoming semester upon earning 2.0 credits (or passing 4 major classes) during the previous semester maintaining a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
During the semester, weekly grade checks will be conducted in which students must be passing 2.0 credit hours (4 major classes), or they will be ruled ineligible for the subsequent week.
If a student does not have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 but has earned the mandatory 2.0 credit hours, the student will be ruled eligible upon submission of an Individual Study Plan (ISP) detailing his/her effort through tutoring, study halls, etc., to improve grades and raise the GPA during the semester. ISP forms are available from the perspective coaches.
Incoming freshmen are automatically eligible to participate in faIl sports. Credits earned during summer school may be applied to the spring semester report card to insure athletic eligibility for the fall semester of the next year.


Beginning Fall 2003, the following requirements will be in effect for Division member institutions:
A qualifier is defined as one who is a high school graduate who has a core-course grade-point average (based on a maximum of (4.000) and a combined SAT verbal and math sections or a sum score on the ACT based on the qualifier index scale and completes a core curriculum of at least 13 credits as follows:
  • 4 years of English (taken in grades 9-12)
  • 2 years in mathematics
  • 2 years in social science
  • 2 years in natural or physical science (including at least one laboratory class if offered by the high school)
  • 1 additional English, mathematics, or natural or physical science
  • 3 additional academic courses (in any of the above areas or foreign language, philosophy or nondoctrinal religion)