EIC(LOCAL) - ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT: CLASS RANKING
Grade Point Average Computation and Class Rank
Grade point average (GPA) for class rank purposes shall be calculated using all credits earned in grades 9–12. All course credits, including, but not limited to, transfer, correspondence, distance learning, credit by examination, and dual/concurrent, shall receive a numerical value for calculation purposes. GPA for class rank shall be calculated according to the Educational Planning Guide in effect for the customary four-year graduating class. The top ten percent of the graduating class shall be identified strictly on the basis of GPA. A student who transfers into the District during his or her last four semesters and meets all GPA criteria shall be included in the top ten percent of the class.
Rank in class to determine all graduation honors, including valedictorian and salutatorian, shall be calculated based on the student's cumulative GPA through and including the end of the third nine-week grading period of the senior year. The grade for the third nine-week grading period shall be used as the semester grade for this purpose.
After graduation, the student's final class rank and cumulative GPA shall be determined and recorded on the academic achievement record.
To be eligible for the valedictorian honors award, a student must be initially and continuously enrolled as a full-time student in the high school from which he or she is graduating for the last four consecutive semesters, excluding summers. The student who has maintained the highest scholastic average of all students in the senior class for the four years in grades 9–12 shall be awarded the title of valedictorian.
In case of a tie, if top students have equal GPAs to three decimal places, the title of valedictorian shall be awarded to the student who has successfully completed the most Advanced Placement (AP) credits. If this again results in a tie, the District shall declare co-valedictorians.
To be eligible for the salutatorian honors award, a student must be initially and continuously enrolled as a full-time student in the high school from which he or she is graduating for the last four consecutive semesters, excluding summers. The student who has maintained the second highest scholastic average of all students in the senior class for the four years in grades 9–12 shall be awarded the title of salutatorian.
In case of a tie, the title of salutatorian shall be awarded to the student who has successfully completed the most AP credits. If this again results in a tie, the District shall declare co-salutatorians.
The student meeting the local eligibility criteria for recognition as the valedictorian shall also be considered the highest-ranking graduate. The highest-ranking graduate shall receive a certificate and a declaration document authorizing the president of any state-supported college or university to provide a waiver for tuition as specified in the law [see Texas Education Code, §54.301].
Any graduating student who earned the distinguished level of achievement under the foundation high school program and whose grade average is 94.0 or above shall be listed in the graduation program with the following honor titles:
- Summa cum laude—98.0–100+.
- Magna cum laude—96.0–97.9.
- Cum laude—94.0–95.9, or among the top ten percent.
Only the honor titles shall be printed, not the numerical or percentage values.
Other Scholastic Awards
To be eligible for other scholastic awards, a student must be initially and continuously enrolled as a full-time student in a high school in the District during the first semester of the student's senior year of school. Senior students who, upon completion of the first semester of the senior year, have compiled the highest scholastic average in the subject areas listed below shall receive an appropriate award designating them as "outstanding students" in the particular area. The awards shall be of sufficient value to reflect the degree of distinction. These award recipients shall be determined by the various departments concerned, with the advice and consent of the principal.
The student selected shall, in each case, have earned a minimum of three and a half units of credit from among courses taught and taken as part of the regular high school curriculum of the District. In full-year courses, the grades for the three completed years and the first semester of the fourth year shall be used in determining the averages. The following awards are available:
- Outstanding student in English.
- Outstanding student in mathematics (exclusive of Fundamentals of Mathematics and Introductory Algebra).
- Outstanding student in science.
- Outstanding student in foreign language.
- Outstanding student in social studies.
- Outstanding student in CTE (Career and Technical Education).
Scholastic Merit Awards
The students who have completed the best work for the year in full-year courses shall be awarded certificates of merit. A full year shall be composed of two or more complementary courses. Students shall be nominated by teachers and approved by the principal. Each teacher may nominate one student for each subject taught by the teacher. If a teacher has more than 50 students in any one subject, one additional student for every 50 or fraction thereof enrolled in excess of 50 may be nominated. Scholastic merit award certificates shall be provided by the District.
Early graduates shall be ranked with the class with which they graduate if they have met the requirements for graduation for the current graduating class.
Students who have applied for early graduation and have met all requirements shall be awarded honor graduate status commensurate with their earned rank in class. Students meeting the requirements for regular four-year graduates shall not be displaced by early graduates.
Students taking District Honors/Pre-AP and AP courses, eligible dual credit courses, and advanced laboratory-based courses as identified in the District's Educational Planning Guide shall receive weighted grades according to the following scale, which shall be used to calculate the GPA and class rank.
Weighted Grade System
Identified advanced laboratory-based courses
Eligible dual credit courses
Eligible dual credit courses shall include courses listed in the Lower Division Academic Course Guide as eligible for transfer to Texas public colleges and universities and that also have an equivalent course with a weighted grade on a District campus.
Grades earned in courses receiving a weighted value shall not be reflected with the calculated weight on report cards. Separate records that reflect the factored semester grade shall be maintained by the registrar for class rank and GPA.
GPA Exempt Course Option
Students may elect for certain courses as identified in the District's educational planning guide to be excluded from GPA computation. The District's educational planning guide shall also establish guidelines limiting the number of courses that may be excluded per semester and the grade level of students eligible.
Courses identified in the District's educational planning guide shall be selected with the intent to increase/maintain student participation in extracurricular programs and create well-rounded individuals.
Certificate of merit awards shall be given by each teacher of a full-year course at the end of the school year to the student enrolled in the course who has earned the highest grade. In case of a tie, duplicate awards shall be given. All awards shall be provided by the District and given with the advice and consent of the principal.