Our Community, Our School
Leonardtown High School is located in St. Mary’s County, “where the Potomac meets the Chesapeake.” As the oldest county in Maryland, St. Mary’s is filled with rich history such as lighthouses, Civil War sites, and monuments commemorating our African-American heritage. Our current population stands strong at 109,000. As a county that supports the U.S. Navy, we continue to have an influx of growth.
In this section LHS students will be given access to information regarding NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA athletic opportunities. Each organization is very different and we recommend asking your coach and your school which level they feel you would be able to compete. For a short overview of each level in one place click the link below to see an article on the College Sports Scholarships website. We are not supporting or sponsoring this website in any way, but thought this article may be helpful. If student-athletes or parents at LHS have any questions please contact our Athletic Director, Mr. Randy Tira at 301-475-0200.
NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association)
The NCAA Initial Eligibility Center for Division I, II, and III is an entity that every high school athlete that aspires to be an NCAA athlete must get to know early in their high school tenure. Click link labeled NCAA Eligibility Center WELCOME below to set-up your own personal login.
Once you have completed the registration process click the link below labeled NCAA Eligibility Center for more in depth information regarding all three levels of NCAA competition, the amount of scholarships each level has to offer, and a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions.
Core Course GPA
We are pleased to inform you that Leonardtown High School is making CoreCourseGPA.com, a web-based software program, available to all Leonardtown High School student-athletes and their parents/guardians free of charge.
Click here for a welcome letter and registration instructions. For more information regarding CoreCourseGPA.Com you can click the link below.
Click here for a free recruiting webinar sponsored by the MPSSAA.
NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics)
The NAIA requires all student-athletes who have never played a championship sport in the NAIA to have their eligibility determined before they can play. For more information and to register click the link below.
NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association)
The NJCAA offers athletic opportunities to student-athletes attending two-year colleges. The NJCAA offers three divisions much like the NCAA does where division 1 is for the top competition as well as top scholarship money, division 2 allows student-athletes to mix scholarship money and personal financial aid, and division 3 does not offer any athletic scholarship assistance. All three offer both State and Federal assistance if eligible. Click the link below for more information.
College Preparatory Schools
The website STACK.com shares that "A post-grad prep school, simply put, provides another year of secondary school before moving on to college. It is considered a fifth year of high school. Athletes do not lose their college playing eligibility like they do by playing at the junior college level." These schools are typically boarding schools (the fifth-year student lives on their campus), and can be quite expensive. The reasons high school athletes choose a Preparatory School are:
1. Academic reasons GPA and/or SAT/ACT do not meet the minimum requirements for acceptance to the college or university of choice.
2. Did not recieve a scholarship.
3. An injury.
4. Played a different position in high school to help the team win than the position they best translate to in college.
The website AdmissionsQuest offers a comprehensive search engine to find a compatable College Preparatory School. Click the link below to access their free search engine.