CMS Drops Minimum GPA for athletes
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students will not have to meet a minimum GPA requirement to participate in extracurricular activities, including sports, this fall.
The CMS Board of Education approved the measure during Tuesday night’s meeting. The ruling will pause the district’s 2.0 GPA requirement for eligibility in extracurricular activities and clubs.
District leaders say the pandemic had a big effect on students’ learning and they want all students to be eligible for extracurricular activities this upcoming semester.
Olympic high school head football coach, Brandon Johnson said he sees it not as a free pass, but as a second chance.
Football players for Olympic are back on campus for pre-season activities and today, when Johnson told the team about the BOE’s decision, he said he could see a huge relief come off some of his player’s shoulders.
The CMS Board of Education says they are also considering waiving the minimum GPA requirement for the spring semester as well, but has not yet made a decision.
Three other districts in the Charlotte region said they’ve also removed or don’t have GPA requirements for athletes.
- Newton-Conover Schools: Participation is based on attendance (85% or more) and passing at least three courses per semester.
- Mooresville Graded Schools: MGSD does not have a GPA requirement. Eligibility is based on the student’s previous semester grades. They must pass three out of four courses.
- Avery County: Avery High School does not have a GPA requirement. They use the state policy requirement that athletes must pass three out of four courses to participate
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