Cum Laude System

    • District 300 uses the Cum Laude system to honor graduates. The Cum Laude system establishes three distinct “honors” levels where students are recognized for their academic performance at the graduation ceremony in May. These classifications will account for both the unweighted and weighted GPA. The honors distinctions include:

       

      Level

      Meaning

      Unweighted GPA

      Weighted GPA

      Cum Laude

      With Honors

      3.5 - 3.69

      4.5 – 4.99

      Magna Cum Laude

      With Great Honors

      3.7 - 3.84

      5.0 – 5.49

      Summa Cum Laude

      With Highest Honors

      3.85 - 4.0

      5.5 +

       

      It is important to note that a student’s unweighted GPA may place them in a different Cum Laude level than their weighted GPA (and vice versa). If this is the case, the higher of the two levels will be applied for the student.

      The cum laude distinctions are reserved for only those students who have earned a minimum GPA of 3.5+ (unweighted) and 4.5+ (weighted) with no failing semester grades (F) or incompletes (I). The inclusion of the “and” option using a weighted and unweighted calculation ensures that students who take challenging coursework are recognized for their overall attainment.   

      The cum laude system does not eliminate the Valedictorian or Salutatorian designations. Instead, both the Valedictorian and Salutatorian will continue to be selected based upon overall weighted GPA.  In the instance where multiple students have the same weighted GPA, the school will allow for co-valedictorians as has been past practice.