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Transition of Class Ranking System to the Laude System

 Frequently Asked Questions

 

What cohort of students will be impacted with the transition of the class ranking system to the Laude System?
The first cohort of students to be impacted will be the Graduating Class of 2022.  All graduating classes thereafter will use the Laude system.

What will Arlington High School report to universities and colleges since class ranking will no longer be reported beginning with the Class of 2022?
Arlington High School will report GPA to universities and colleges.

Will the graduating classes of 2018, 2019, 2020, or 2021 be impacted in this transition?
Although these classes will not be impacted with the transition from class ranking to the Laude system, school board policies have been updated to reflect virtual course offerings outside the school day counting only in the student’s GPA and no longer counted in class ranking beginning with the graduating class of 2019 and all classes thereafter.

Why the change from the class ranking system to the Laude system?
Academic success is top priority for all students in all grades in Arlington Community Schools – and success is measured in more than a class ranking. With the transition from the class ranking system to the Laude system, this will allow more of our students to be recognized for their high academic distinction in 3 classifications of high academic distinction. Without a class ranking, universities and colleges will have the opportunity to review the rigor of course work taken throughout the student’s high school career on the high school transcript. When you don’t rank, universities and colleges have to look at the total student experience.

What are the three classes of high academic distinction?
Summa Cum Laude  - GPA of 4.4 and above
Magna Cum Laude  - GPA of 4.10-4.39
Cum Laude  - GPA of 3.90-4.09

Will these classifications of high academic distinction be recognized at graduation?
Yes, if students fall into one of the three classes of high academic distinction, they will be recognized at the graduation ceremony.

Will there still be a valedictorian and salutatorian recognized at graduation? 
Yes, but in relationship to the past valedictorians and salutatorians where class rank determined these 2 statuses, going forth, there will be several factors but not limited to just GPA.

What do students have to do to be considered for one of the two honor positions?
If students are interested in qualifying to serve in one of these 2 honor positions, students need to be aware before the beginning of the 2018-19 school year to make sure they understand the categories and requirements associated with each that will take place across their high school career.   

What categories will be reviewed in the selection process of valedictorian and salutatorian?
The following categories will be reviewed and scored:

  • Weighted Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • Highest ACT Score
  • Number of AP Courses Completed
  • Cumulative of AP Exam Scores
  • # of Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit classes completed
  • Total # of college hours received

 What about transfer students that have interest in the 2 positions? 
To become valedictorian or salutatorian, a student must be enrolled at Arlington High School the (3) consecutive semesters preceding the final semester of the 12th grade year (ACS Policy 4.605).

Transfer students to Arlington High School must meet all of the same qualifications as students currently enrolled at the school.  Students may transfer in GPA as listed on the transcript, highest ACT score, number of AP courses completed, cumulative score of AP exams, # of dual enrollment/dual credit classes completed, and total # of college hours received.  No other categories outside of these parameters will be considered in determining valedictorian or salutatorian.  Any transfer student has the opportunity to qualify for one of the 2 honor roles as long as transfer & enrollment information has been reviewed and credited, and the student can complete all other requirements as listed for the valedictorian and salutatorian.

 When will the matrix become available for public viewing?
The matrix will become available before the beginning of the 2018-19 school year for all students who fall into the Graduating Class of 2022.  This matrix will be made public and available for all parents and students to view.

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Matrix

For Valedictorian and Salutatorian
(Begins with Graduating Class of 2022)

 The valedictorian and salutatorian are selected each year from the graduating class.  The valedictorian ranks first in overall academic standing, and the salutatorian ranks second in overall academic standing. Criteria are based on weighted GPA, highest composite ACT Score, number of advanced placement classes completed, cumulative score on all advanced placement exams completed, number of dual enrollment/dual credit classes completed, and total number of college hours received through dual enrollment/dual credit courses. 

  1. To become valedictorian or salutatorian, a student must be enrolled at Arlington High School the (3) consecutive semesters preceding the final semester of the 12th grade year (ACS Policy 4.605).
  2. Only students in the summa cum laude distinction category (Weighted GPA 4.4 & above) will be considered for valedictorian and salutatorian.
  3. The selection process will be based on the 6 categories through the completion of the first semester of the senior year:
    1. Total weighted GPA at the completion of the first semester senior year. 
    2. Highest composite ACT score reported at the completion of the first semester senior year
    3. Total number of advanced placement classes passed at completion of the first semester of senior year
    4. Cumulative score of all advanced placement exam scores at completion of the first semester of the senior year
    5. Total number of dual enrollment/dual credit classes passed at completion of the first semester of senior year
    6. Total number of college hours through dual enrollment/dual credit earned at completion of first semester senior year
  4. Examples below show the 6 classifications and example values of how valedictorian and salutatorian are decided:

 As you can see below in the examples, the student with the highest GPA would not necessarily be the valedictorian because of the 5 other classifications incorporated.
Student: John Doe

Classification

Value

Weighted GPA

4.45

Highest ACT Score

28.0

Number of Advanced Placement Courses

12.0

Cumulative score on all Advanced Placement Exams

24.0

Number of Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit Courses

3.0

Number of college hours earned

9.0

Total

80.45 – Salutatorian

 
Student:  Mary Doe

Classification

Value

Weighted GPA

4.42

Highest ACT Score

34.0

Number of Advanced Placement Courses

12.0

Cumulative score on all Advanced Placement Exams

24.0

Number of Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit Courses

3.0

Number of college hours earned

9.0

Total

86.42 – Valedictorian