Policy 550 - Academic Recognition Programs

ACADEMIC RECOGNITION PROGRAMS

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. A recognition program of "School Board Scholars" is created to award students who meet the following standards: Academic Recognition Programs include:

High School

1. School Board Scholars - Students, after completion of eleven (11) trimesters of high school, whose Grade Point Average 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 High School, will be designated as School Board Scholars. The recipient and their parents will be recognized at a reception sponsored by the school board. Each recipient will receive an appropriate certificate recognizing their status as a School Board Scholar.

2. Principal’s List- Full-time students earning 4.000 in any trimester receive a certificate.

3. A Honor Roll- Full-time students earning 3.000-4.000 in any trimester receive a certificate.

4. B Honor Roll- Full-Time Students earning 3.000-3.499 in any trimester receive a certificate.

5. Graduating with Honors

a. Summa Cum Laude (3.900-4.000) Gold Cord - Seniors, after completion of eleven (11) trimesters of high school, whose Grade Point Average is 3.900-4.000, has earned a minimum of eighteen (18) credits while enrolled at Princeton High School, and was fully enrolled at Princeton High School on the first day of junior year, will wear a gold cord at graduation.

b. Magna Cum Laude (3.700-3.899) Red Cord - Seniors, after completing of eleven (11) trimesters of high school, whose Grade Point Average is 3.700-3.899, has earned a minimum of eighteen (18) credits while enrolled at Princeton High School, and was fully enrolled at Princeton High School on the first day of the junior year, will wear a red cord at graduation.

c. Cum Laude (3.500-3.699) White Cord - Seniors, after completion of eleven (11) trimesters of high schools, whose Grade Point Average is 3.500-3.699, has earned a minimum of eighteen (18) credits while enrolled at Princeton High School, and was fully enrolled at Princeton High School on the first day of junior year, will wear a white cord at graduation.

6. Additional Graduation Recognition

a. Military Enlisted-Red, White and Blue cord - Seniors who are fully enlisted in one of the branches of the United States Military Services will wear red, white and blue cord at graduation.

b. NHS Member-Royal Blue Cord - Seniors who are currently National Honor Society members will wear a royal blue cord at graduation.

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 Grade Point Average ranks them in the top 5% of their 8th grade class, will be designated as School Board Scholars. The recipient and their parents will be recognized at a reception sponsored by the school board. Each recipient will receive an appropriate certificate recognizing their status as a School Board Scholar.

Definition: For the purpose of this policy, “fully enrolled” shall mean attendance during the approved school calendar and for all assigned classes and study halls in the Princeton Public Schools. This does include those enrolled in Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO), after the minimum amount of credits, as stated, have been earned in the Princeton High School building.

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