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  • Not necessarily. But it has been banned by the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) 1) "The NCAA will no longer accept transcripts from 15 nontraditional high schools, including one in Florida with a Web site that promises students an opportunity to earn a diploma in weeks. Others include an institution in Maine that offers home schooling and three in Pennsylvania, including one whose charter was revoked by the state three years ago. Other schools are still being investigated and could face similar sanctions by the NCAA in an attempt to deal with so-called “diploma mills” whose graduates seek athletic scholarships to college. An NCAA spokesman said recently that some cases involved abuse and even fraud in academic standards. Goliath Academy, which offers correspondence and online courses, was among four Florida schools identified with questionable academic credentials by the NCAA initial-eligibility clearinghouse. The NCAA board of directors in April gave the association authority to look into the schools’ standards, including the examination of individual transcripts. The investigation was accelerated after a New York Times story on University High School, a Miami correspondence school that had no classes or instructors and operated almost without supervision." Source and further information: http://diverseeducation.com/artman/publish/article_5963.shtml 2) "1st Round of Disqualified The NCAA has released a list of 15 prep/finishing/private schools from which they will not except transcripts. While the list won't affect kids who already are playing for schools, they do affect any kids coming in for their freshman year in 2006. This is just the first round of schools. There are apparently more than 25 schools being reviewed. So far, here is the list of scarlet letter schools: [...] Goliath Academy (Miami Lakes, Fla.)[...] Stunningly neither Stoneridge Prep and Lutheran Christian Academy is not on the initial list. Three Eastern PA schools, two in Philly are on that list. Amazingly the coach of Lutheran Christian was employed previously by the two Philly schools. What a coincidence. Daryl Schofield is professing no concern even with the visit recently from the NCAA. Schofield, who describes himself only as Lutheran's head coach and recruiter, characterized the articles and subsequent NCAA investigation as "a public lynching." "It seems like it's been a lynching of us from start to finish," he said. "They're not affecting me. They're affecting the [students]. This isn't about me. It's about them." As an NCAA-accredited prep school - it is registered with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, though the department does not certify private schools - Lutheran Christian would work for a high school player who needs more time to qualify on the NCAA's sliding scale of SAT scores and grade point average. It can do so without the restrictions of a junior college, which requires a two-year commitment. Some Lutheran Christian students who weren't college eligible had left their public high schools before graduating so they could increase their grade-point average in core courses. It would appear that most on the initial list were there for not responding to NCAA requests for info. It's very likely most will be cleared. You can consider this the warning shot across the bow for most of the schools. Warn off some kids who think they can shortcut, and let the rest of the schools who are considering slow responses that there will be a public cost. The next round of ineligible schools will be more interesting. Not to mention piss off some of the NCAA member schools who will be in a bind that late in the season. There is a major loophole, though, for the schools. The NCAA will declare ineligible any player who is not already enrolled at the college or university. It will not apply to those already enrolled and who have or are taking classes. That would likely mean, that if the kids who are, shall we say, "at risk" of seeing their chances flushed down the toilet for another year can get their butts to the school and start taking summer classes they should be able to play come November." Source: http://pittsportsblather.blogspot.com/2006_06_01_archive.html
  • From what i understand. Goliath Academy is an accredited high school with many different curriculum's.
  • It appears to be what has become known as a 'diploma mill.' To guarantee you will get your diploma 'in weeks.' Add to that the fact that it claims to have the Better Business Bureau's seal of approval - which, if you go the the BBB website, it has it for TUTORING SERVICES ONLY! But they use the logo and such to make it seem legitimate. That, right there, screams SCAM in huge neon letters flashing with strobe lights. You get out what you put into it. You put in money and get a worthless piece of paper. No work, no legitimate diploma. Period.

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