NCAA Releases Initial List

The NCAA released an initial list of 15 schools that are no longer approved for NCAA purposes. However, it wasn't a group that many people expected. Lutheran Christian Academy (Pa.), the subject of recent newspaper reports, wasn't on the initial list - but that doesn't mean the Philadelphia-based school is safe.

Jeff Goodman In the first step by the NCAA to crack down on academic legitimacy, the names of 15 high schools was released that are under review.

However, none of the 15 is recognizable as high school or prep schools that churn out basketball players. While Lutheran Christian Academy (Pa.) and Genesis One (Miss.) – the subject of stories in the New York Times and the Washington Post that brought some of the academic deficiencies to the forefront – are not included in the initial list, it does not mean that they will not be added in the future.

In fact, it is expected that another list will be released in the next few weeks and, according to sources, Lutheran will almost certainly be included.

The following schools are no longer approved for NCAA purposes and are currently marked as inactive in the clearinghouse system. The majority of the schools were not approved because of a failure to respond to the information sent to the high school.

Numerous other schools have been notified and will be given the opportunity to respond to specific questions regarding the school. Failure to provide a response will result in the school being invalidated for use in the initial-eligibility process.

A determination will be made for each of the schools by July 1, 2006, for student-athletes expected to enroll this fall.

Here is the listing of the 15 schools:

American Academy (Miami, Fla.)

Celestial Prep (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Einstein Charter School (Morrisville, Pa.)

Goliath Academy (Miami Lakes, Fla.)

Hawaii Electronic School (Honolulu, Hawaii)

Martinez Adult Education (Martinez, Calif.)

North Atlantic Regional High (Lewiston, Maine)

Paradise Christian Academy (Paradise, Calif.)

Philadelphia Christian Academy (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Ranch Academy (Canton, Texas)

Rich Township HS Phoenix Camp (Park Forest, Ill.)

Sagemount School (Miami, Fla.)

Tazewell City Career and Tech Center (Tazewell, Va.)

University High (Miami, Fla.)

Virginia Beach Central Academy (Virginia Beach, Va.)

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