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High School Athletics for Local Homeschoolers
High School Athletics for Local Homeschoolers
Posted on 01/23/2020
A new dual-enrollment opportunity is making public high school athletics available to homeschool students.By: Benjamin Rickert, BCS Communications

Teamwork, sportsmanship, and possible college recruitment are just a few of the benefits of competing in high school athletics. Now, local homeschool students have a public high school path toward their athletic goals thanks to a dual-enrollment opportunity where students take a combination of courses at home and their local high school.

To be eligible for Spring 2020 sports, students must officially notify school principals of their dual-enrollment intentions by Jan. 29, 2020. The deadline for Fall 2020 sports is July 20, 2020.

The opportunity for homeschool students was made possible through a North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) Board of Directors decision in May, 2019, and a new policy implemented by the Buncombe County Schools (BCS) Board of Education in June, 2019. Following these decisions, several dual-enrolled home school students began participating on BCS high school athletics teams, and these numbers are expected to rise.

“We’re seeing students coming from a homeschool background that are ready to play at the high school level and have hopes of competing in college," said BCS District Athletic Specialist David Ball. "Through this dual-enrollment option, BCS can now provide them this athletic experience, while also giving them access to our academic resources. We're very excited about the opportunities this is creating.”

The Homeschool Athletic Policy (BCS Board Policy #3105) outlines the specific eligibility requirements to join a team and participate in NCHSAA competitions. Homeschoolers must have participated in a registered home school for at least 365 days prior to athletics participation, and provide transcripts, testing, and other documentation. The dual enrollment involves two classes taken through a student’s local high school, with at least one of those taking place on campus. At home, students must take a minimum of two approved home school classes. The student’s primary address must also coincide with their Buncombe County Schools assignment.

"You won’t find a more competitive and rewarding athletics experience than through our high schools and association with the NCHSAA," Ball said. "We are honored to lead the way in providing these opportunities.”

More information may be obtained by calling the school counselor or athletic director at each high school, or contacting BCS District Athletic Specialist Mr. David Ball (david.ball@bcsemail.org).

Frequently Asked Questions
Responses provided courtesy of Mr. David Ball, BCS District Athletics Specialist.

1. Can I be dual enrolled for Athletics in Buncombe County Schools if my residence is in a different school system / Local Education Agency (LEA)?

No – NCHSAA Policy allows dual enrollment for Athletics only if the student’s domicile/residence is located within the LEA that the student is enrolling in.

2. I have been enrolled in my Home School for the last 95 days. Prior to that I attended a public school within Buncombe County Schools. Can I be dual enrolled for Athletics in Buncombe County Schools?

No – NCHSAA Policy requires that a student must have been enrolled in a registered home school for 365 days prior to being eligible to be dual enrolled for Athletics.

3. I notified in writing the Principal of the School on July 27, 2020, that I would like to be dual enrolled and play a fall sport in the season that starts on August 1, 2020. I meet all other Home School dual enrollment For Athletics requirements per Board Policy 3105. Am I eligible to enroll and play athletics in the fall of 2020?

Yes and No! Yes, this student would be eligible to enroll as a dual enrolled student. No, this student could not participate in athletics during the fall season of 2020. NCHSAA policy requires that the student must notify in writing the principal or principal’s designee at least ten days prior to the first practice date of the sports season they wish to participate in. This student could be eligible to participate in the winter or spring seasons of the 2020-21 school year with proper notification to the principal.

4. The student/family cannot provide a nationally standardized achievement test, taken within the last year, which indicates the overall grade level proficiency of the student or they produce a test that indicates that the student is below grade level for the year the test was taken. Is this student eligible to be dual enrolled for Athletics?

No – NCHSAA Policy requires the student/parents/home school provide a nationally standardized test, taken within the last year, which indicates that the student was on grade level during the year the test was taken. This student would not be eligible to be dual enrolled.

5. A student is Dual Enrolled for Athletics per BCS Board Policy 3105. Is bus transportation provided for this student?

The normal schedule of buses is available to dual enrolled students. Buses operate before and after the normal instructional day. A dual enrolled student would have to provide their own transportation to and from school if the normal bus schedule does not meet the public school academic schedule the dual enrolled student chooses.



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