In the Fall of 2013, the Belton School District adopted a “cum laude” system as a means to recognize a greater number of students for their academic performance. The “cum laude” system was introduced immediately and the plan called for “cum laude” to eventually replace the “ranking system” entirely. Specifically, the details called for students from the Class of 2014 to be the first to be recognized using both systems and the Class of 2017 to be the last to utilize the “ranking system.” Students from Belton High School will be able to access a class rank figure should a specific scholarship require it. However, aside from the occasional request, there is no plan to utilize class rank. This departure does mean there will no longer be a Valedictorian or Salutatorian of the class.
So, what is “cum laude?” Cum Laude represents an academic level of distinction. Cum laude defined… “with praise or with honor.”
Cum Laude “To graduate with Honors” Cum Laude is an additional recognition awarded to students at the end of their Senior year.
The requirements for the three categories are as follows:
Cum LaudeGPA 3.5 - 3.79ACT 22-25SAT ≥ 990All EOCs Proficient or betterAP Exam Score no requirementCum Laude Meet College Prep RequirementsCredits Earned ≥ 27Extra-Curricular Activity Participation ≥ 2 activities
Magna Cum LaudeGPA 3.8 - 3.99ACT 26 - 30SAT ≥ 1190All EOCs Proficient or betterAP Exam Score ≥ 3 on at least one examMagna Cum Laude Meet College Prep RequirementsCredits Earned ≥ 27Extra-Curricular Activity Participation ≥ 2 activities
Summa Cum LaudeGPA 4.0 or higherACT 31 or higherSAT ≥ 1380All EOCs Proficient or betterAP Exam Score ≥ 4 on at least one examSumma Cum Laude Meet College Prep RequirementsCredits Earned ≥ 27Extra-Curricular Activity Participation ≥ 4 activities
Students who earn the distinction of being recognized at graduation as one who is either… cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude, will have an additional stole to wear as a part of their graduation gown. The cum laude recipient is presented wearing a stole which is white, magna cum laude wears a silver stole and summa cum laude wears one which is gold.
As a community interested in having our students pursue excellence throughout their high school experience, we are pleased to acknowledge our student accomplishments through designations available as a part of the cum laude system.