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 high school credit courses taken in grades 9–12 only, unless excluded below.

The calculation shall include failing grades.

Exclusions

The calculation of class rank shall exclude grades earned in a course for which a pass/fail grade is assigned; summer school courses not taken in the District; night school courses; courses taken outside of the United States that are not IB courses or courses from a Department of Defense school; distance learning courses, including traditional correspondence courses; or through credit by examination, with or without prior instruction.

Weighted Grade System

Categories

The District shall categorize and weight courses as Advanced and Grade-Level in accordance with provisions of this policy and as designated in appropriate District publications.

Advanced Courses

Eligible Advanced Placement (AP), Pre-AP, gifted and talented, and designated dual credit courses shall be categorized and weighted as Advanced courses.

Grade-Level Courses

All other eligible courses shall be categorized and weighted as Grade-Level courses.

Weighted Numerical Grade Average

The District shall assign weights to semester grades and shall calculate a weighted numerical grade average in accordance with the following scale:

Category

Weight

Advanced

Multiplied by 1.1

Grade-Level

Multiplied by 1.0

All failing grades shall be multiplied by 1.0.

The District shall record unweighted numerical grades on student transcripts.

Transferred Grades

When a student transfers semester grades for courses that would be eligible under the Grade-Level 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 the grades based on the categories and grade weight system used by the District if the same courses are offered to the same class of students in 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 spring semester.

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)]

Valedictorian and Salutatorian

The valedictorian and salutatorian shall be the eligible students with the highest and second-highest ranking, respectively. To be eligible for this local graduation honor, a student must have been continuously enrolled in the District high school for the four semesters immediately preceding graduation.

Breaking Ties

In case of a tie in weighted numerical grade averages, the District shall compute the weighted numerical grade average to the fourth decimal place to determine recognition as valedictorian or salutatorian.

If the tie is not broken after applying this method, the District shall recognize all students involved in the tie as sharing the honor and title.

Honor Graduates

The District shall recognize as a cum laude honor graduate each student who has earned a weighted numerical grade average of 95.00–99.99 and has been continuously enrolled in the District high school for the two semesters immediately preceding graduation.

The District shall recognize as a magna cum laude honor graduate each student who has earned a weighted numerical grade average of 100.00–102.99 and who has been continuously enrolled in the District high school for the two semesters immediately preceding graduation.

The District shall recognize as a summa cum laude honor graduate each student who has earned a weighted numerical grade average of 103.00 and above and who has been continuously enrolled in the District high school for the two semesters immediately preceding graduation.

Highest-Ranking Graduate

The student meeting the local eligibility criteria for recognition as the valedictorian shall also be considered the highest-ranking graduate for purposes of receiving the honor graduate certificate from the state of Texas.

Alamo Heights ISD

EIC(LOCAL)-X

LDU 2020.02

DATE ISSUED: 8/7/2020