NCAA-approved courses

Many students who participate in competitive sports struggle to find a balance between athletics and academics, and there are nearly half a million NCAA student athletes who compete in 24 different sports every year. As a trusted partner, Imagine Learning is proud to offer our NCAA-approved curriculum and instructional model to student athletes. Schools and districts can enroll student athletes in our online learning courses via Imagine Learning Instructional Services and Imagine Learning online high school courses and curriculum to ensure they are prepared to enter college with a rigorous online academic experience that fits into their flexible schedule.

Imagine Learning's courses are NCAA-approved and student-athletes are welcome to enroll in the courses through Instructional Services. To obtain NCAA approval for your school, simply send the NCAA a letter stating that the school uses Imagine Learning's approved courses, together with a copy of the contract or PO.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Are your courses NCAA-approved?

Yes. Students can take NCAA-approved courses via Imagine Learning’s Instructional Services group. Imagine Learning's curriculum and instructional model has been reviewed by NCAA and found to meet the requirements for online courses. 

Does Imagine Learning provide grade reports for students?

We can only provide grade reports for students who took the courses through Instructional Services (IS). To request a grade report for a student who took courses through IS, please send an email to and specify the student’s name and NCAA ID number. If the student took the course at the local high school, they will need to contact their own teacher.

What resources are available to learn more about NCAA guidelines for student-athletes so they can maintain their eligibility?

We have a number of NCAA resources publicly available on our corporate website: NCAA Solutions Overview NCAA-approved courses and Imagine Learning Instructional Services Best Practices for NCAA-Eligible Courses

Support Student Athletes with Imagine Learning Instructional Services

Students can take NCAA-approved online learning courses via Imagine Learning’s Instructional Services group, who are highly qualified, state-certified virtual instructors. Imagine Learning’s curriculum and instructional model has been reviewed by NCAA and found to meet the requirements for online courses. Districts and schools are welcome to enroll student-athletes in Imagine Learning courses through Imagine Learning Instructional Services. Our instructors provide written feedback on student work, reteach concepts when students are struggling, and communicate regularly with school staff and parents. Student athletes can receive a rigorous, college-preparatory learning experience, on-demand tutoring, and an interactive teacher-student component through Imagine Learning Instructional Services. Courses that are approved by the NCAA are listed here. Simply type “Imagine Learning” into the “high school name” text field.

These courses are taught with Imagine Learning teachers (through Instructional Services). Districts and schools wishing to offer NCAA-eligible online courses using Imagine Learning’s curriculum but not with Imagine Learning’s teaching services must still contact NCAA to submit documentation describing the implementation model. The documentation must also show how the online courses meet NCAA’s requirements for teacher role, with no pretesting, fixed start and end date, and level of teacher-student communication. The curriculum review will be much faster since Imagine Learning’s courses have already been reviewed and approved. For more information, please visit

Teach Student Athletes Using Your Own District Teachers

Imagine Learning's online learning courses and curriculum solutions for middle and high school students offers schools access to over 400 courses, including standards-aligned courses for initial credit and concept or recovery. Following extensive evaluation and cooperation with NCAA Eligibility, student athletes can use our digital curriculum and courses to reach their academic goals with flexible online instruction. 

Districts and schools wishing to offer NCAA-approved online learning courses using Imagine Learning's online courses and curriculum must contact the NCAA to submit required documentation that describes how your implementation model meets NCAA requirements. For tips on NCAA compatibility, review our NCAA best practices guide for complete implementation and requirement information. 

See How One School is Integrating Athletics and Academics Effectively

Helping Students Find the Perfect Balance

With students all over the country, the United States Performance Academy (USPA) is designed for high-performance athletes in middle and high school who need challenging curriculum, flexibility, and support for their unique schedules.

See how the USPA model provides flexible learning solutions, and how they use NCAA-approved online learning courses to help student athletes get the most out of their education while also competing in sports such as ice hockey and figure skating. When schools like USPA offer flexible learning solutions for student athletes, they’re able to challenge those students academically in a way that fits their busy schedules.

Offering Multiple Layers of Support

By using Imagine Learning’s NCAA-approved online learning courses, USPA provides students with multiple layers of support—with access to interactive tools, built-in scaffolds, and faculty advocates.

USPA students regularly interact with Imagine Learning’s virtual instructors and have access to Imagine Learning’s on-demand tutoring service. Students also work with USPA’s Academic Coaches to develop healthy learning strategies, including notetaking and time-management skills. And Imagine Learning’s real-time data helps USPA faculty members understand how their students are progressing.