Cum Laude Award

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In the pursuit of our mission, and following our important departure from sorting students using class rank, we are excited to announce a new system of recognition that honors all students who meet high expectations. Honored students excel in the areas of dedication, character, volunteerism, responsibility, pride, and excellence while earning a high G.P.A. Students recognized for this achievement at Senior Honors and Awards Night will receive a special demarcation to wear on graduation day. Students can also add their Cum Laude status to college or employment applications.

Award Designations

CUM LAUDE: Initial qualifiers for this award must have a seven semester GPA of 3.0-3.74.
MAGNA CUM LAUDE: Initial qualifiers for this award must have a seven semester GPA of 3.75-4.24.
SUMMA CUM LAUDE: Initial qualifiers for this award must have a seven semester GPA of 4.25 and up.

To qualify for any level of Cum Laude award, students must meet the requirements below. Qualifying students must submit their completed application by February 1st of senior year. Students earning an award will be notified by spring break and invited to Senior Honors and Awards Night. Students who believe they should have been awarded an honor, but were not, may appeal using the form in the Cum Laude folder by April 15th.

Requirements

To qualify for any level of Cum Laude award, students must meet the requirements below. Qualifying students must submit their completed application by February 1st of senior year. Students earning an award will be notified by spring break and invited to Senior Honors and Awards Night. Students who believe they should have been awarded an honor, but were not, may appeal using the form in the Cum Laude folder by April 15th.

DEDICATION*
Students must show dedication to their studies by earning a minimum of 26 credit hours.

CHARACTER*
Students should demonstrate good citizenship as evidenced by their discipline record. In addition to the consistent demonstration of “Knights Way” at North, and the “RAMS Way” at Central, an awarded student must have no suspensions or code violations during their tenure in District 127.

VOLUNTEERISM*
Students must give back to their school and larger communities by serving a total of 50 community service hours to be tracked and later submitted by the student via the Google form. These hours may include both school sponsored and non-school sponsored activities.

RESPONSIBILITY*
Students must demonstrate responsibility by having a cumulative rate of attendance of 95% attendance or higher.

PRIDE*
Students must earn five units of leadership experience from the following list. Each item earns a student one unit. Students will be required to list all qualifying activities in the application.

  • Active participation in one year of a club/activity
  • Named to a leadership role in your club/sport
  • One year of serving as a student tutor
  • Participation in one sports season
  • Athletic council/SAALT
  • Athletic Trainer or Team Manager
  • Other experiences as approved by your counselor

EXCELLENCE*
Students must take and pass with a “C” or better:

  • At least one Advanced Placement class for Cum Laude status.
  • At least three Advanced Placement classes for Magna Cum Laude status.
  • At least five Advanced Placement classes for Summa Cum Laude status.

*District 127 reserves the right to give special consideration to students whose extenuating circumstances prevented them from meeting one or more of the requirements.
*Students who violate one or more of the criterion above prior to graduation may be stripped of their Cum Laude status.