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Transferring to Prep

Transfer students are accepted on a space-contingency basis, which changes from year to year. Tenth grade transfer applicants are most commonly accepted. Please note the following when transferring:

  • Students who have taken the PSAT may use that score in lieu of the SSAT
  • Transfer students will need a letter of good standing from the Dean of Students or Vice Principal (or other equivalent) at their current school
  • Course placement will be determined by placement tests and Prep’s Academic Dean
  • Students entering the 11th grade will not be required to complete the Latin requirement
  • 10th grade is the preferred year for transfer applicants
  • Prep does not accept post-graduate students

Transfer Recommendations

If you are a transfer applicant, you will need a letter from your current Dean of Students (or equivalent). This letter is to indicate that you are in good standing at your current school. Your application will be considered incomplete until this letter is on file in the admissions office. This sealed letter should be mailed or emailed directly to the admissions office.

NCAA Division I Eligibility

The NCAA has specific course credit requirements for students participating in collegiate athletics. Those students who wish to play collegiate athletics must be aware of these requirements. As course requirements must be satisfied within the first four years of high school, Division I-aspiring students who have repeated a year of high school should carefully review the information below. Most questions about eligibility are answered in the 2013-2014 Guide for the College Bound Student Athlete (click the Download checkbox for a free PDF).


In order to be eligible to compete in Division I, a student must have over a 2.3 GPA in sixteen Core Courses and have the minimum SAT or ACT scores for that GPA. Refer to the NCAA Eligibility Center website for the NCAA GPA/Testing Sliding Scale. The sixteen Core Courses are as follows:

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher)
  • 2 years of natural/physical science (one must be a lab science)
  • 1 year of additional English, math or science
  • 2 years of social studies
  • 4 years of additional core courses (from any area listed above, or from foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy)


1. For students who will be repeating a year at Prep, English courses need to be selected in conjunction with College Counseling and the Academic Dean. Prep’s English courses are standard, so a student either has to be in an advanced level of English for their grade level or will need to take a different English course over the summer for credit.

2. Students must satisfy 10 of the 16 core courses by the end of the 3rd year in high school.

3. Computer Science and Visual Arts/Performing Arts courses are not NCAA approved. Environmental Ethics and Robotics are not approved, but pending review.

4. Math and Modern Languages: if a student is placed “back” in these subjects, then talk to College Counseling. (Example: took algebra or pre-cal at previous school and Prep places student in these courses again; or the student took Spanish I or French II at previous school and Prep places the student in Spanish I or French II). The NCAA does not count what it perceives at repeat courses. It may be to the student’s benefit to switch languages.

By the end of junior year, a Prep student will most likely have completed the following Core Courses, depending on their schedule:

  • Three math courses
  • Three English courses
  • Three language courses (Latin and Modern Language) - “additional core courses”
  • Two Science courses
  • Two History courses - “social studies”