State of South Carolina requires a 2.0 minimum GPA to play sports

More than half of BCSD's student athlete meet or exceed GPA requirement
Posted on 06/19/2018
Athletes crossing the finish line

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

High percentages of middle, high school athletes meet district academic requirements

BEAUFORT – Nearly all Beaufort County School District student athletes met the district’s academic participation requirements during the 2017-18 academic year.

Ninety-seven percent of Beaufort County’s high school and middle school student athletes maintained their academic eligibility by meeting the district’s minimum 2.0 GPA participation requirement.  Beaufort County is one of only two South Carolina districts that require a 2.0 minimum (a C average) to participate on athletics teams.

Of 2,778 high school athletes in the district, 2,708 met the academic requirement during the first two academic quarters and 70 did not.  Of 1,569 middle school athletes, 1,516 met the requirement and 53 did not. 

The overall district-wide GPA for high school student athletes for the 2017-18 academic year was 3.86.  The overall district-wide GPA for middle school student athletes for the 2017-18 academic year was 3.59. 

“Seven years ago, our Board of Education challenged our student athletes to compete in the classroom as well as in their chosen sports,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss.  “And every year since that time, our students have risen to that challenge and performed very well.  We’re very proud of them.”

High school cross country, swimming, tennis, volleyball, girls lacrosse, girls soccer and girls track all maintained GPAs higher than 4.0.  Middle school volleyball teams maintained a GPA higher than 4.0.

More than 60 students graduating with the Class of 2018 signed college athletic scholarships.

After a series of community forums in 2011, the Board of Education approved the 2.0 GPA requirement for athletes. Only one other South Carolina district (Richland District 1 in Columbia) has a similar requirement.

Chief Auxiliary Services Officer Gregory McCord said that the district’s middle and high schools have after-school tutorial programs to assist students who are in danger of falling below the 2.0 requirement.  Interim reports, report card grades, teacher/sponsor recommendations and coaching staff requirements are used to identify students required to attend after-school programs.  McCord said that schools pay special attention to communicating the rules to student athletes and their parents. 

The South Carolina High School League’s statewide minimum GPA requirement is 1.0.