EIC(LOCAL) - ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT: CLASS RANKING

Consistent Application for Graduating Class

The District shall apply the same class rank calculation method and rules for local graduation honors for all students in a graduating class, regardless of the school year in which a student first earned high school credit.

Calculation

The District shall include in the calculation of class rank semester grades earned in all high school credit courses regardless of when the credit was earned, unless excluded below. The calculation shall include failing grades.

Exclusions

The calculation of class rank shall exclude semester grades earned in distance learning courses; courses taken in a nonaccredited instructional setting; and through credit by examination, with or without prior instruction.

Grade Point Average-Exempt Courses

A junior or senior student may take certain courses on a grade point average (GPA)-exempt basis in accordance with the following:

GPA-exempt courses shall be limited to juniors and seniors who have maintained a GPA of at least 7.00.

Courses beyond the credits required by the state for graduation may be taken as GPA-exempt courses, limited to two courses per semester, per student.

The student must declare his or her intent to take a course on the GPA-exempt basis within the first three weeks of class.

The numerical grade earned on a GPA-exempt course shall be posted on the transcript with no grade points.

A third GPA exemption may be granted in a semester for band, choir, orchestra, or athletics, if applied to a third or fourth year course that is paired with another course in the same program. Specific courses shall be listed in the course description book.

Weighted Grade System

Categories

The District shall categorize and weight eligible courses as Honors and Regular in accordance with provisions of this policy and as designated in appropriate District publications.

Honors

Eligible Honors, Advanced, Advanced Placement (AP) courses, International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, and courses locally designated as honors or advanced shall be categorized and weighted as Honors courses. Beginning with the graduating class of 2023, OnRamps courses shall be categorized and weighted as Honors courses.

Special Programs

For Arlington Collegiate High School (ACHS), Arlington College and Career High School (ACCHS), and the STEM Academy at Martin High School, specialized dual-credit courses listed in the AISD Course Guide for Specialized Programs shall be categorized and weighted as Honors courses.

Regular

All other eligible courses shall be categorized and weighted as Regular courses.

Weighted Grade Point Average

The District shall convert semester grades earned in eligible courses to grade points in accordance with the following chart and shall calculate a weighted grade point average (GPA):

Transferred Grades

When a student transfers semester grades for courses that would be eligible under the Regular category and the District has accepted the credit, the District shall include the grades in the calculation of class rank.

When a student transfers semester grades for courses that would be eligible to receive additional weight under the District's weighted grade system, the District shall assign weight to those grades based on the categories and grade weight system used by the District.

Local Graduation Honors

For the purpose of determining honors to be conferred during graduation activities, the District shall calculate class rank in accordance with this policy and administrative regulations by using grades available at the time of calculation at the end of the fifth six-week grading period of the senior year.

For the purpose of applications to institutions of higher education, the District shall also calculate class rank as required by state law. The District's eligibility criteria for local graduation honors shall apply only for local recognitions and shall not restrict class rank for the purpose of automatic admission under state law. [See EIC(LEGAL)]

Special Programs

Stem Academy

The calculation of class rank for the STEM Academy at Martin High School shall be included with class rank calculations for the comprehensive campus.

ACHS/ACCHS

For Arlington Collegiate High School at Tarrant County College and Arlington College and Career High School, except for recognition of the Top 12 students, a student's class rank shall be reported in percentiles only. Specific rank in class shall not appear on any student's academic achievement record (transcript).

For the purpose of applications to institutions of higher education, the District shall provide students ranked in the top ten percent a certification of class rank containing the student's numerical rank in class. When the District provides a top ten percent student's academic achievement record (transcript) to a college or university, it shall also provide a copy of the certification of class rank.

Top 12 Students

The 12 students with the 12 highest weighted GPAs on each campus shall be honored as the Top 12 students. To be eligible for recognition as one of the Top 12 students, including the valedictorian and salutatorian, a student must have been continuously enrolled in the same high school in the District for the four semesters immediately preceding graduation.

Valedictorian and Salutatorian

The valedictorian and salutatorian shall be the eligible students with the highest and second-highest ranking, respectively, of the school's Top 12 students.

Breaking Ties

In case of a tie in weighted GPAs after calculation to the third decimal place, the District shall recognize all students involved in the tie as sharing the honor and title.

Honor Graduates

The District shall recognize as an honor graduate each student who has graduated in the top 20 percent of his or her class in accordance with the following:

Summa Cum Laude

Each student who graduates in the top two percent of the class, including the valedictorian and salutatorian, shall be considered a summa cum laude graduate.

To be eligible for summa cum laude honors, a student must have been continuously enrolled in the same high school in the District for the four semesters immediately preceding graduation.

Magna Cum Laude

Each student who graduates in the top ten percent of the class, including the valedictorian and salutatorian, shall be considered a magna cum laude graduate.

Cum Laude

Each student who graduates in the top 20 percent of the class, including the valedictorian and salutatorian, shall be considered a cum laude graduate.

Arlington ISD

EIC(LOCAL)-X

LDU 2019.04

DATE ISSUED: 11/4/2019