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NHCS Implements Latin Honor Distinctions for Graduates

Beginning the 2014-2015 school year, New Hanover County Schools (NHCS) graduates will have the opportunity to earn Latin Honor distinctions on their high school diploma.

Latin Honors are terms to indicate levels of distinction. Using defined criteria of grade point averages, the levels of distinction include cum laude (with honors,) magna cum laude (with great honor,) and summa cum laude (with highest honor.) A student who earns Latin Honors distinctions will receive recognition on their high school diploma.

In order to ensure that no student will be in an unfair situation due to scheduling of weighted courses, grades from the third nine-week grading period will be calculated as one unit of credit. Final cumulative averages and ranking will be calculated and recorded in the students’ permanent records after the last nine-week grading period.

For those students who are taking dual enrollment courses through an institution of higher learning, grades may or may not be included in the third nine-week grading period. If the student is taking a semester course for which a final grade is not issued until the end of the semester, the course will not be included in determining honors designation. If the student is taking a course for which a final term or nine-week grade is issued, that course grade will be included in determining honors designation. This would include North Carolina Virtual Public School courses as well as dual enrollment courses.

Traditional High School Latin Honors Distinctions, based upon weighted and unweighted grade point averages:
Cum Laude = 3.95 minimum weighted GPA or 3.5-3.74 unweighted GPA
Magna Cum Laude = 4.25 minimum weighted GPA or 3.75-3.9 unweighted GPA
Summa Cum Laude = 4.40 minimum weighted GPA or 3.91-4.0 unweighted GPA

Non-Traditional High School Latin Honors Distinctions, based upon weighted and weighted grade point averages:
Cum Laude = 3.95 minimum weighted GPA or 3.50-3.74 unweighted GPA
Magna Cum Laude = 4.15 minimum weighted GPA or 3.75-3.90 unweighted GPA
Summa Cum Laude = 4.25 minimum weighted GPA or 3.91-4.0 unweighted GPA

 

 

Posted: 08/27/2014