Lansing School District increases GPA requirement for athletes

LANSING, Michigan – This fall, student athletes at Lansing Schools face a new challenge: The district requires them to have a C-Average if they want to play.

“By raising the standard, the expectation to at least 2.0, we are really doing everything right for the students,” said Superintendent Ben Shuldiner. “While we say, ‘We believe in you. We know you can do the work. And so we will meet our expectations of you.'”

When Shuldiner became superintendent in July, the district began reviewing existing guidelines.

“When we hit the GPA requirement of 1.66, we felt it was too low to certainly raise student expectations,” said Shuldiner

Athletic Director Chris Henderson said a student who fails to get a GPA of 2.0 will not be kicked off the team.

“We really made it a priority to provide alumni tutoring, mentoring and after-school activities to help them and train them in their learning skills,” he said.

Lansing’s standard is now higher than many other counties in the area that set the requirement at 1.67.

To track student performance off the field, weekly progress reports are presented to the Sports Director for review.

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