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Policies and Regulations

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Policy 5-29

STUDENTS

Awards for Achievement/Class Rank/Honor Designations

  1. Generally

    The School Board approves of awards for students who achieve high academic standing, outstanding citizenship, physical expertise and other characteristics that contribute to good citizenship. The School Board, however, does not approve of giving awards to students where the basic purpose is obviously commercialism. Awards donated by nonschool agencies which are recognized nationally and approved by the Board may be awarded to students at appropriate ceremonies and times.

  2. Honor Rolls

    Students should be encouraged to reach their maximum potential in academic programs. Students who do outstanding work shall be recognized through an honor roll system.

  3. Awards for Exemplary Performance
    1. Students who complete the requirements for a Standard Diploma or Advanced Studies Diploma with a grade average of 4.0 or better in the required courses will receive a Board of Education seal on the diploma.
    2. Students who complete the requirements for an Advanced Studies Diploma with a grade point average of 3.0 or better and successfully complete college-level coursework that will earn the student at least nine transferable college credits in Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge, or dual enrollment courses will receive a Governor's seal on the diploma.
    3. Students may receive other seals or awards for exceptional academic, vocational, citizenship, or other exemplary performance in accordance with criteria defined by the School Board or the Board of Education of Virginia.
  4. Valedictorian(s)/Salutatorian(s)

    To be eligible as or valedictorian(s)/salutatorian(s) students must complete the last four (4) consecutive semesters in the high school.

  5. Class Rank

    Through the graduating class of 2021, a student's grade point average and class rank will be computed for the following purposes:

    1. To determine honor graduates.
    2. To determine if the student is eligible for the diploma seal awarded by the Virginia Board of Education.
    3. Communication to college admission offices and other agencies designated by the student and/or parent.
    4. To determine the valedictorians and salutatorians for the graduating class.
  6. Honor Designations

    Beginning with the 9th grade cohort of students (Class of 2022) entering high school in the fall of 2018, Class Rank will no longer be reported. Each high school will be provided with a percentile rating of Grade Point Averages for estimating class rank for individual scholarships or military applications that require this information. High Schools will not calculate a numerical class rank other than this percentile rating. The principal or school designee shall provide colleges and universities with an explanation of the Latin Honors system through the Virginia Beach City Public Schools transcript profile.

    1. A student's grade point average will be computed for the following purposes:
      1. To determine honor designations.
      2. To determine if the student is eligible for certain diploma seals awarded by the Virginia Board of Education.
      3. To communicate to college admission offices and other agencies designated by the student and/or parent.
    2. The following honor designations will be utilized to distinguish academic achievement for graduating seniors:
      1. A student earning a 3.0 cumulative grade point average or higher will be considered an honor graduate.
      2. A student earning a 3.5 – 3.75 cumulative grade point average will be awarded the Cum Laude distinction.
      3. A student earning a 3.76 – 3.99 cumulative grade point average will be awarded the Magna Cum Laude distinction.
      4. A student earning a 4.0 and above cumulative grade point average will be awarded the Summa Cum Laude distinction.
    3. The designation of Valedictorian and Salutatorian will not be utilized.
    4. The Superintendent shall develop regulations for formally acknowledging academic achievement for graduating seniors, to include the student(s) with the highest GPA.

Virginia Board of Education Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia, § VAC 20-131-10 et seq., as amended.

Adopted by School Board: October 21, 1969
Amended by School Board: February 16, 1971
Amended by School Board: August 21, 1990
Amended by School Board: July 16, 1991
Amended by School Board: June 15, 1993 (Effective August 14, 1993)
Amended by School Board: October 6, 1998
Amended by School Board: April 20, 2010
Amended by School Board: April 24, 2018