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Playing at the Next Level

Valwood Valiants are student-athletes – academic work is the priority in part because it may open up opportunities for athletic participation in college. Student-athletes who are interested in a college athletic experience should be prepared and understand their options before recruitment begins.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association is a member-led organization dedicated to the well-being and lifelong success of college athletes. The NCAA is made up of 1,121 colleges and universities and offers three divisions (levels) of competition. Each division has specific eligibility requirements for student-athletes, so it is important that students know where they stand from an eligibility standpoint when considering their college options. Student-athletes should register with the no later than spring of their 11th grade year in order to have their records in that system for Initial Eligibility determination.

– includes primarily major and mid-major public and private universities, such as UGA, Georgia Southern and Mercer

– smaller, generally regional public and private schools, such as Valdosta State, Georgia College and North Georgia

– typically small and/or highly selective academic institutions that do not offer athletic scholarships, such as Berry, LaGrange and Ivy League schools

– smaller schools such as Truett-McConnell and Coastal Georgia

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is a governing body of small athletics programs that are dedicated to character-driven intercollegiate athletics. The NAIA is comprised of more than 250 colleges and universities in 21 conferences nationwide offering over $500 million in athletic scholarships. Student-athletes may find that small college athletics offers a better fit for them, with the possibility of combined athletic and academic scholarships, solid competition and significant playing time. Student-athletes are encouraged to register with the Play NAIA eligibility center by spring of the 11th grade year to ensure that they are in a position to consider NAIA athletic program offers.

See for Yourself

We invite you to explore Valwood through our website, but the best way to learn more about our school’s mission and approach is to visit us. We hold admissions coffee-and-tour sessions monthly where you will learn about our curriculum and extracurricular programs, and you will also be able to see first-hand our beautifully designed, state-of-the-art facilities.