Advanced Placement Process

The Advanced Placement Process is a system for screening students to determine their readiness to compete in interscholastic athletics at a higher level by evaluating their physical maturity and emotional readiness, as well as their fitness levels and sport specific skills and experience. The intent of this program is to provide for students in grades 7 and 8 to safely participate at an appropriate level of competition based upon athletic superiority rather than age and grade.

The Rockville Centre Board of Education permits students in grades 7 and 8, who have been selected by their coaches, to be evaluated for this program. With the parents’ written permission, the student’s physical maturation, physical fitness, and skill will be assessed for placement at the appropriate level of competition. The only sports that will allow student/athletes to be classified are those where no Middle School team exists. These include Golf, Gymnastics, Winter Track and Swimming/Diving.

When final approval is granted by the Athletic Director, the students records are filed with the Section VIII Office for appropriate extension of eligibility. This program is aimed at the few select students who can benefit from such placement because of their superior athletic skills and abilities. It creates a fairer competitive environment for the individual and others on the Middle School teams, while reducing injury rates and fostering greater personal satisfaction.