Palmetto Prep Academy is a Christian post-graduate and junior college program based out of Columbia, South Carolina. Palmetto Prep has been in existence since 2011 and was originally founded as ‘Gray Military Academy’. Palmetto Prep helps student-athletes earn the test scores and/or college credit they need to receive scholarships to four year institutions.
Palmetto Prep students can achieve this by enrolling in college courses online through our affiliate, Morthland College and by taking ACT/SAT prep classes at Palmetto Prep.
What is a “Post-Graduate” Year?
A postgraduate, or “PG year” as it is often called, is a full academic year of study generally pursued between graduation from high school and matriculation at a college or university. A PG year is offered at many independent schools throughout the country and usually involves a residential experience.
How do students benefit from a postgraduate year?
The environment of a residential, college preparatory school provides the key to the success of a PG year. Small classes, faculty, and on campus free tutors who care and are available. Our facilities mirror those of a college campus, and our weekly schedule is designed to develop the skills a student-athlete needs to meet the challenges of an athletically charged college experience.
What happens to my college eligibility when I attend Palmetto Prep?
If you attend Palmetto Prep on the post-graduate track, you would need to take 11 credit hours or less, if you took classes at all. Your eligibility clock will not start if you are taking 11 hours or less because this is considered as part-time student status. If you do not take classes, you would need to meet the following requirements:
- You are Division 1 and below qualified already, and just need more exposure in recruiting.
- You only need to improve a few points on your ACT or SAT test score.
If you attend Palmetto Prep on the junior college track, you would need to be enrolled as a full-time student by taking at least 12 credit hours at a local technical college. The eligibility requirements for NCAA are as follows:
- For Division 1 – Graduate with an associates degree while maintaining a 2.5 GPA
- For Division 2 – 24 Transferable Credit Hours while maintaining a 2.0 GPA
Once enrolled in 12 credit hours, your eligibility clock will start. Division 1 has 5 years to play 4 years. Division 2 has 10 semester to play 8 semesters.
What are the chances my son earns a scholarship to a four year school?
While there is no guarantee of an offer if you enroll in a prep school, we have helped 60 players the past two seasons (2015 & 2016) earn an offer to play at a four year program. In 2014 30 out of 43 players (class of 2015) received a scholarship offer or received serious interest that would ultimately lead to an offer. In many occasions, an “offer” could be an academic offer from a Division 3 school. Any combination of financial aid, athletic aid, and academic aid will help get your son into a four year school.
How will my son get his film seen and get recruited?
Palmetto Prep uses Hudl (www.hudl.com) for the creation of highlight tapes, film breakdown, film study, and recruiting. Players have access to their Hudl accounts so they can create their highlights and have a presentable professional “resume” for college coaches. Our players will have access to the connections and relationships we have built over time as a program. Many colleges will stop through our office on their recruiting trips to high schools in our area. To name a few: South Carolina, Coastal Carolina, UNC-Charlotte, UMASS, Hampton University have all stopped by to check in on our program.