(l to r) Adrian Garza, Jessica Ramsey and Maggie O'Meara of the AESA Prep Academy take courses through the UT Online High School.
(l to r) Adrian Garza, Jessica Ramsey and Maggie O'Meara of the AESA Prep Academy take courses through the UT Online High School.

UT Online High School earns updated NCAA accreditation


In January 2011, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) granted a newly updated accreditation status to The University of Texas at Austin Online High School (UTHS), a program of CIE's K-16 Education Center. This updated status for the UTHS follows recent amendments made by the NCAA to its accreditation rules to increase the academic demands and standards of non-traditional schools. Not all previously NCAA accredited schools were re-accredited based on these new standards.

NCAA accreditation is important for student athletes who want to compete in University Interscholastic League (UIL) sports or earn a scholarship to play college sports. These students must attend an NCAA accredited school and take NCAA accredited courses to qualify for either goal. The UT Online High School’s re-accreditation signifies that UTHS offers high-quality courses that meet the NCAA’s criteria of supplying student athletes with the best possible academic resources while they pursue their careers in sports.

“Many of these high-performing students don’t attend regular schools because they are training, traveling and competing in their sports,” says Amy Pro, principal of UTHS. “With our NCAA accreditation affirmed, these student athletes can study, take courses and graduate on their own time with the UT Online High School. Any student who was taking courses from a school that was not re-accredited by the NCAA is welcome to apply to the UT Online High School.”

Fully approved by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the UTHS was authorized by the Texas State Board of Education in 1998 to provide distance learners with a high school curriculum and to award diplomas. The program currently offers more than 48 online courses in English, social studies, mathematics, science, foreign languages, health, computer applications, physical education, economics and electives.

One of UTHS’ partner schools is Academic Excellence for the Student Athlete (AESA) Prep Academy located in southwest Austin. AESA Prep Academy is dedicated to providing full curricula at the middle school and high school levels to student athletes pursuing a sports career in tennis. In 2010, AESA partnered with the UTHS to offer an approved online high school to their student body.

“We partnered with the UT Online High School because we wanted to incorporate a rigorous curriculum that would stand on its own, in addition to the sports training our students receive,” says Barbara Garza, principal of AESA Prep Academy. “Our goal is to prepare our students for college—to succeed in both sports and academics. Students not attending NCAA accredited schools may find that they will have to take high school courses over again from an accredited school if they want to play sports in college.”


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