Honors Program and Diploma
Rank in Class
All summa cum laude graduates will be ranked above magna cum laude graduates, who will be ranked above cum laude graduates, who in turn will be ranked above all other graduates. Within each category, however, the number of quality points lost will be used to rank those students.
The ranking of the students who are not honor graduates involves the use of a weighted grade-point average. The weighted GPA equals the number of quality points plus the number of Level I courses with grades A, B, or C, divided by the number of graded credits.
To be considered for valedictorian and salutatorian, students must fulfill requirements for the summa cum laude honors diploma and must complete a core curriculum. To qualify for valedictorian, a student is required to have completed the highest level offered for all core 4 classes.The number of quality points lost will be used to determine valedictorian and salutatorian rankings. In the event two or more students are tied for valedictorian honors, no salutatorian will be named.
Academic policy changes that will take effect in the 2016-2017 school year, are as follows:
- Each semester will be worth 1/2 unit of credit upon successful completion.
- Semester exams, which will encompass information from both quarters, will be averaged in with the second and fourth quarter grades. More weight will be given to second and fourth quarter when averaging grades for the semester. All exams, quarter and semester, will be worth 25%of the quarter grades.
- Beginning with the graduating class of 2020 (2016-2017 Freshmen class) tie-breakers for valedictorians will include quarter grades.
- All honors classes will begin using a 10-point grading scale.
- Graded test papers will go home for 8th grade students. The policy for 9th-12th grade is that test papers will remain at school and may be viewed by parents at school upon request.