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The Oregon School Activities Association believes that interscholastic activities programs are essential to the education of youth, and therefore are an integral part of the school curriculum.  The values of high school activities and their impact upon the lives of Americans are immeasurable.  Not only do interscholastic activities benefit and directly influence participants, but they also instill pride and unifying spirit among students, fans, schools and communities throughout the nation.

The public and non-public high schools of Oregon voluntarily agreed to form the Oregon School Activities Association for the following purposes: (a) to formulate and make policies to promote high ideals of citizenship, fair competition, sportsmanship and teamwork which will complement the member schools’ curriculum programs; (b) to foster uniformity to standards in interscholastic activity competition; (c) to organize, develop, direct and regulate an interscholastic activity program which is equitable and will guide and promote the health and physical welfare of all participants.

Online Handbook:

Academic Eligibility

Rule:  An eligible student must be enrolled full time and making satisfactory progress as defined in this rule.

Rationale.  The objective of the academic eligibility rule is to complement member schools’ curriculum programs in recognition of the fact that interscholastic activity programs are an extension of the classroom.  Academic standards help ensure a balance between activities and academic performance, promote the objective of graduation from high school, ensure that student participants are truly representing the academic mission of the institution and allow the use of interscholastic participation as a motivator for academic excellence.  It is in the interests of the member schools and the students participating in athletics and interscholastic activities that these objectives be promoted during the entire school year.

8.1.1.  Full Time Enrollment.  For purposes of this rule, a full time student is one who is enrolled in high school, attending regularly and passing in courses offered by a high school, college, work experience or other school-approved educational activities (including summer school or night school) equivalent to at least the quantity listed on the appropriate line of the chart below.  In addition, a full time student shall have been enrolled in school, attended regularly and passed subjects equivalent to at least the quantity listed on the appropriate line of the chart below during the immediate preceding transcripted grading period.

Number of Classes Offered Minimum Number Passed Minimum Credits Earned
4 3 1.5
5 4 2.0
6 5 2.5
7 5 2.5
8 5 2.5


NOTE:  In this example, two (2) units equals one (1) credit of work, and one-half credit is granted each transcripted grading period.

EXCEPTION:  The requirement for immediately preceding transcripted grading period credit is inapplicable to a student who has not previously enrolled in any high school offering the 10th, 11th or 12th grades.

8.1.2.  Satisfactory Progress Toward Graduation.  In addition to the specific credit requirement identified in Rule 8.1.1., to be scholastically eligible, a student must be making satisfactory progress towards the school’s graduation requirements by earning a minimum of the quantity of credits indicated on the chart below prior to the start of the specified year.

Minimum Satisfactory Progress Requirements                                                     Expanded Chart

Credits to Graduate 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Credits Per Year 6 6 6.5 6.5 7 7 7.5
Required Prior to Year 2 (75%) 4.5 4.5 4.5 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.5
Required Prior to Year 3 (85%) 10.0 10.5 11.0 11.0 11.5 12.0 12.5
Required Prior to Year 4 (95%) 17.0 17.5 18.5 19.0 19.5 20.5 21.0


8.1.3.  Home School Student Academic Eligibility

(a)     Minimum Test Score.  A home school student who transfers to a public or private school may establish initial academic eligibility by achieving a minimum score on any adopted achievement test pursuant to ORS 339.035The student shall achieve a minimum composite test score that places the student at or above the 23rd percentile based on national norms.

(b)     Test Deadline.  The achievement test must be completed prior to August 15 each school year.

(c)     Work Sample Alternative.  In the absence of achievement test results submitted by the deadline of August 15 each school year, a school district may adopt alternative requirements including but not limited to a requirement that a student submit a portfolio of work samples to a school district committee for review to determine whether a student is eligible to participate in interscholastic activities.

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