Honors Diploma Information

HONOR DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS

Honor diplomas are granted to students who have completed all of the following requirements:
• Attended an accredited high school for eight semesters
• Earned a B+ cumulative GPA (3.33 on a 4 point scale) based on the first seven and one-half semesters of high school
• Completed 20 hours of community service according to the requirements listed below.

*COMMUNITY SERVICE REQUIREMENT:
Students seeking the honor diploma must complete specific hours of community service. Students must complete 10 hours during their junior year and 10 hours during their senior year. Specific requirements and procedures for this component of the honor diploma are distributed each year at enrollment meetings.

• Accumulate 30 credits, which include the following specific course requirements:

COMMUNICATION ARTS - 4 Credits
(The 3rd year credit is CAIII or AP Language, The 4th year credit must be from AP Lit. & Comp, or Composition 110/210)

SOCIAL STUDIES - 3 Credits
(including Geography/World History, Am. Gov. or AP Am. Gov., Am. Heritage or College History or AP US History)

SCIENCE - 4 Credits
(3 Credits must include: Physical Science or Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, AP Biology, or College Biology) 
4th Credit Option:
(Anatomy & Physiology, Advanced Chemistry, College Biology, AP Physics, or AP Chemistry)

MATHEMATICS - 4 Credits
(The credits must include Honors Advanced Algebra, Pre-Calculus) Students who took Algebra at the junior high must take 4 levels of math during high school in order to earn an honor diploma. Students who took Geometry at the 8th grade level must
take College Algebra and Calculus in order to earn an honor diploma.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE - 2 Credits of the same language
Students will receive weighted grade points for advanced placement courses, as well as Calculus and beyond.

CUM LAUDE

This is a graduation system to recognize student achievement of top GPA students in each class.
Criteria for selection:
Summa Cum Laude – 4.0 and above
Magna Cum Laude – 3.67 - 3.99
Cum Laude – 3.33 – 3.66
Honor Diploma requirements remain as currently used. To be recognized as a Cum Laude graduate, the student must meet honor diploma requirements. Students who graduate early are not eligible for Cum Laude recognition at the graduation ceremony. See handbook for more details.