Policy 550 - Academic Recognition Programs

I. PURPOSE

It is the policy and practice of the School Board to promote academic excellence. Furthermore, the board wishes to recognize those students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement. The recognition program described below is created to award students who meet the identified criteria.

II. DEFINITION
  1. “Fully enrolled” means attendance during the approved school calendar and for all assigned classes and study halls in the Princeton Public Schools including those enrolled in PHS, POA and ALC. This does include those students enrolled in PSEO after the minimum amount of credits, as stated, have been earned at Princeton Public Schools.
  2. “Full-time student” means students who are enrolled at Princeton Public Schools for all class periods in the day, or have no more than one study hall or teaching assistant period in the day, or who are enrolled in PSEO. A student who is only attending partial days or is a shared-time student is not a full-time student.
  3. “PHS” means Princeton High School
  4. “POA” means Princeton Online Academy
  5. “ALC” means Princeton Alternative Learning Center
  6. “PSEO” means Post-Secondary Enrollment Options
  7. “GPA”, means Grade Point Average. GPA as referred to in the High School sections below, means the student’s grade point average based on weighted grades. (Middle School grades are not weighted). As per Policy 620: Grade Point Average (GPA) is based on a 4.0 scale. Points awarded for regular courses are as follows: ‘A’ (4 points); ‘B’ (3 points); ‘C’ (2 points); ‘D’ (1 point); ‘F’ (0 points). Points awarded for weighted courses are as follows: ‘A’ (5 points); ‘B’ (4 points); ‘C’ (3 points); ‘D’ (1 point); ‘F’ (0 points).

III. ACADEMIC RECOGNITION PROGRAMS

High School

  1. School Board Scholars - Fully enrolled students, after completion of eleven (11) trimesters of high school, whose weighted GPA ranks them in the top 5% of their 12th grade class and have earned a minimum of twenty-four (24) credits while fully enrolled at Princeton Public School, will be designated as School Board Scholars. The recipient and the recipient’s parents or guardians will be recognized at a reception sponsored by the school board. Each recipient will receive an appropriate certificate recognizing the student’s status as a School Board Scholar.
  2. Principal’s List - Full-time students earning only grades of A and/or A+ in any trimester receive a certificate for that trimester.
  3. A Honor Roll - Full-time students earning a GPA of 3.5 or above in any trimester receive a certificate for that trimester.
  4. B Honor Roll - Full-time students earning a GPA of 3.0-3.499 in any trimester receive a certificate for that trimester.
  5. Commencement Ceremony & Graduating with Honors - The following academic recognitions and insignia are awarded to seniors who have met all graduation requirements for earning a high school diploma. No other cords, stoles, or insignia, except those awarded by, and approved by, administration are permitted to be worn during the graduation ceremony.
    1. Summa Cum Laude (GPA 3.900 or higher) - Gold Cord
      Seniors, after completion of eleven (11) trimesters of high school, whose GPA is 3.900 or higher, and have met all requirements for diploma,, will wear a gold cord at the graduation ceremony.
    2. Magna Cum Laude (GPA 3.7-3.899) - Red Cord
      Seniors, after completing of eleven (11) trimesters of high school, whose GPA is 3.7-3.899, and have met all requirements for diploma,, will wear a red cord at the graduation ceremony.
    3. Cum Laude (GPA 3.5-3.699) - White Cord
      Seniors, after completion of eleven (11) trimesters of high schools, whose GPA is 3.500-3.699, and have met all requirements for diploma, will wear a white cord at the graduation ceremony.
    4. B Honor Roll (GPA 3.000-3.499) - Gold Tassel
      Seniors, after completion of eleven (11) trimesters of high school, whose GPA is 3.000-3.499, and have met all requirements for diploma, will have a gold tassel at the graduation ceremony.
  6. Additional Graduation Recognition
    1. Military Enlisted - Red, White and Blue cord
      Seniors who have met all graduation requirements for diploma, and who are fully enlisted in one of the branches of the United States Military Services will wear a red, white and blue cord at the graduation ceremony. Documentation verifying enlistment status may be required by the principal.
    2. NHS Member - Royal Blue Cord
      Seniors who are current National Honor Society members in good standing will wear a royal blue cord at the graduation ceremony.

Middle School

  1. School Board Scholars - Students, who are fully enrolled at Princeton Middle School, after completion of eight (8) trimesters of middle school, whose academic success places them in the top of their 8th grade class, will be designated as School Board Scholars. The recipient and the recipient’s parents or guardians will be recognized at a reception sponsored by the school board. Each recipient will receive an appropriate certificate recognizing the student’s status as a School Board Scholar.

Adopted: January 27, 1987
Revised: June 10, 1997
Revised: February 22, 2005
Revised: February 16, 2016
Reviewed: February 21, 2017
Revised: September 17, 2019