Eligibility For Athletics

1.      Academic:

      a.  A student will be considered academically eligible for the first semester (September 1 – January 31) if the student has passed thirty (30) credits required by the New Jersey Department of Education for graduation, for the preceding school year as evidenced by the final report card in June.  Successful completion of summer school courses will also satisfy this requirement.

      b.  A student will be considered academically eligible for the second semester (February-the last day of school) if the student has passed fifteen (15) of the credits required by the New Jersey Department of Education for graduation at the close of the preceding semester (January 31), as evidenced by the second marking period report card.  Full-year courses shall be equated as one-half of the total credits to be gained for the full year in order to determine credits passed during the immediate preceding semester.

A student who is eligible for co-curricular activity at the beginning of the winter season shall be allowed to finish that season.

2.  Attendance:

Students must be in attendance for four (4) hours (excluding lunch period) under the New Jersey Department of Education regulations in order to be marked “present” in the attendance register.  If a student has not signed in before 9:30 a.m., the student is considered “absent” and, therefore, is not eligible to participate or practice in co-curricular events that day.  Extenuating circumstances will be addressed by VP/AD on a case-by-case basis.

3.      Substance Involvement:

A student found to be in possession of, in control of, or under the influence of any controlled dangerous substance (drugs, alcohol) shall immediately forfeit his/her eligibility for a period of time to be determined.  In addition, all student/athletes will follow the same policy outlined under Substance Abuse.    

Further information about this procedure is outlined under Board Policy 2431-Athletic Participation, which can be viewed on the school's web site.        

4.      Parents or Guardian/Physician Permission:

In order to participate in interscholastic athletics (player or manager) and cheerleading, a student must complete all athletic forms.  This includes a parent questionnaire and physical form pursuant to Board Policy 5310-Health Services.


5.   Appeals Process:

Students and/or their parents/guardians have the right to appeal the decision of the administration regarding eligibility except when a student is in direct violation of the minimum academic requirements established by the NJSIAA.

a.  Appeals must be submitted in writing to the principal within five (5) school days after receipt of the notice of ineligibility.

b.  The appeals committee will be composed of the vice principal, athletic director, supervisor of the related activity, and two faculty members.

c.  The appeals committee will be responsible to render decisions related to all appeals in a timely manner.

 The successive order of appeal is as follows:
  •         Appeals Committee
  •         Principal
  •         Superintendent
  •         Board of Education