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Board reviews class rank policy

On Nov. 27, the Board of Education Policy Committee met to review Board policy 5430 “Class Rank”.  (Frequently Asked Questions)

In June, a district committee representing parents, counselors, teachers, and administrators began examining Forest Hills’ weighted course system, class rank and graduation recognitions to ensure all systems support student learning, postsecondary goals, and student wellness. Through their extensive research of other school district practices; college, university and military academy acceptance procedures; and student feedback, the group made the following recommendations to the Policy Committee:

  1. Beginning with the 2017-18 school year (graduating classes of 2018 and 2019), continue to designate a valedictorian and salutatorian while also implementing a cum laude system to honor students at graduation ceremonies.
  2. Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, transition from a 4.0 grading scale with “add-on” weights to a 5.0 grading scale to better equalize the weight of Advanced Placement classes and the state-mandated weight of College Credit Plus classes ("add-on" weights previously earned by FHSD students will continue to be factored into GPAs).
  3. Beginning with the graduating class of 2020 (and beyond), continue honoring students with a cum laude system at graduation ceremonies, discontinue class rank reporting on student transcripts and eliminate valedictorian and salutatorian designations, as college admission and scholarships are based more heavily on other factors, such as individual grades and the rigor of the curriculum.

These recommendations were made to empower students to take challenging classes that they find most interesting, as well as better support the future goals and well-being of individual students.

The Policy Committee approved this proposal and it will be presented to the Board of Education during its Nov. 27 meeting (7 p.m., Nagel Middle School, 1500 Nagel Road). The Board will make its final decision on the recommendation during its Dec. 18 regular meeting at 7 p.m. at Nagel Middle School. 

Parents and students are encouraged to learn more about this recommendation and share their thoughts before Dec. 18 by attending a Board of Education meeting; attending a parent meeting on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at Nagel Middle School; viewing the presentation of the proposal;or emailing Meghan Lawson, associate director of secondary curriculum and instruction, at

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