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Policies and Regulations

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Regulation 5-29.1

STUDENTS

Recognition of Student Achievement

  1. Recognition of Student Achievement
    1. Principal's List
      1. Elementary Level

        Students in grades four and five are eligible for Principalís List. To make Principalís List a student must receive all Aís and satisfactory grades in art, music and physical education. Receiving an A-minus will prevent a student from earning Principalís List. Citizenship, Participation, Collaboration and Productivity grades do not factor into the determination of Principalís List. Students receiving a major disciplinary action such as out-of-school suspension will not be eligible for recognition.

      2. Secondary Level

        A student must receive all A's to be on the principal's list and must be enrolled in five classes or earning five credits. Students receiving a major disciplinary action such as out-of-school suspension will not be eligible for recognition.

    2. Honor Roll
      1. Elementary Level

        Students in grades four and five are eligible for Honor Roll, a student must have a 3.0 grade point average and satisfactory grades in art, music and physical education. Receiving a C-minus will prevent a student from earning Honor Roll. Citizenship, Participation, Collaboration and Productivity grades do not factor into to Honor Roll. Students receiving a major disciplinary action such as out-of-school suspension will not be eligible for recognition.

      2. Secondary Level

        A student must maintain a "B" average with no grade less than "C" and be enrolled in five classes or earning five credits to be eligible for Honor Roll. Students receiving a major disciplinary action such as out-of-school suspension will not be eligible for recognition.

  2. Class Ranking of Secondary Students

    The following procedures will be used in computing the class rank of students.

    1. Procedure for All Courses
    2. Each final grade in a graded, attempted credit course will be given the indicated value: A = 4.0, A- = 3.7, B+ = 3.3, B = 3.0, B- = 2.7, C+ = 2.3, C = 2.0, C- = 1.7, D+ = 1.3, D = 1.0, E = 0. The values will be multiplied by the amount of credit assigned to the course, and the products for each computation will be totaled and divided by the number of graded, attempted credits. The division is to be carried to four (4) decimal places in obtaining the grade point average of the student.

      Example:

      The student has the following final grades in semester and year courses:

      Grades earned in semester courses: A and B
      Grades earned in year courses: A, A, A, B, and C

       

      Grades
      Earned

       

      Values

       

      Attempted
      Credits



       

        Products

      A (semester)

      4

      .5

      2

      B (semester)

      3

      .5

        1.5

      A (year)

      4

      1

      4

      A (year)

      4

      1

      4

      A (year)

      4

      1

      4

      B (year)

      3

      1

      3

      C (year)

      2

      1

      2

      Totals

       

      6

      20.5

      Computation

      20.5/6

       

       

      Grade Point Average

             3.4167

       

       

    3. Weighted Credit

      After the grade point average of the student has been determined, bonus credit will be added for advanced placement courses and specifically approved courses such as international baccalaureate and magnet courses. The Department of Teaching and Learning will determine which courses are to receive bonus credit. Bonus credit will be awarded as follows for year courses: (A, A-) =.0488, (B+, B, B-) =.0366, (C+, C, C-) =.0244, (D+, D) =.0122, E=O. Bonus credit will be awarded as follows for semester courses: (A, A-) = .0244; (B+, B, B-) = .0183; (C+, C, C-) = .0122; (D+, D) = .0061; and E = 0.

      Example (using the data from the above example):

      Total Grade Point Average: 3.4167

      1 Yearlong Advanced Placement Course, with grade of ďA/93Ē: .0488 bonus
      1 Semester Magnet Course, with a grade of ďB/86Ē: .0183 bonus

      Computation: 3.4167 + .0488 + .0183 = 3.4838

      Final Total Grade Point Average: 3.4838

    4. After a course has been passed, no future grade earned in the same course or its equivalent will be used in determining class rank or student grade point average, except as provided in School Board Regulation 5-26.2, section D.
    5. Class rank will be determined by assigning the student with the highest average the rank of number one (1); the second highest, the rank of number two (2), etc. In cases where more than one student has the same numerical average, all students with that average will be given the same rank. The next highest average will assume the next rank position, which will indicate the number of students having a higher rank.

      Example:     Student No. 1   3.9880 Rank 1
        Student No. 2   3.9880 Rank 1
        Student No. 3   3.8972 Rank 3
        Student No. 4   3.8972 Rank 3

      The student with the next highest average will have the rank of five (5) in the class, indicating that there are four (4) students who rank higher.

    6. Class rank will be determined at the end of the senior year. All graded, attempted credits earned, regardless of the grade level, will be used in determining class rank.
    7. A student with a 3.000 cumulative grade point average or higher will be considered an honor graduate.
    8. The student or students with the highest rank at the end of the senior year will be declared the valedictorian(s) of the graduating class. The student or students with the second highest rank at the end of the senior year will be declared the salutatorian(s).

Approved by Superintendent: July 16, 1991
Revised by Superintendent: September 21, 1993 (Effective August 18, 1992)
Revised by Superintendent: December 20, 1994
Effective date of December 20, 1994 revisions delayed until July 1, 1995 by Board action February 21, 1995.
Revised by Superintendent: March 8, 2001
Revised by Superintendent: January 25, 2002
Amended by the School Board: April 20, 2010
Revised by Superintendent: July 23, 2013