DANVILLE — The school board here agreed to implement a DHS Honors Diploma starting with the freshman class of 2018, next year.
“We found, over time, that there is an unintended consequence when you have weighted grades, and that consequence is if a student takes a lot of weighted classes at the beginning of their high school career and they do very well in them, they don’t have to take as many as they go through their high school career,” Principal PJ Hamann said.
“This is giving them an unintended push in their GPA. One student that takes six classes has a higher GPA then the student that takes seven classes. So for the class of 2018, for the valedictorian or salutatorian, or to be a part of the top 15 percent, to complete this type of diploma, we would like our students to complete a minimum of 10 AP/dual credit classes and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.”
Some changes that will be made is a requirement for a fourth year of a foreign language, three AP or dual credit classes in science, two AP or dual credit courses in English, one AP/dual credit course in math, and three AP/dual credit courses in social studies. Students who complete those requirements will earn 33 credits.
“Students that complete this essentially complete their freshman year (of college) and would be able to register and are considered sophomores,” Hamann said. “This helps us ensure these students have taken the most rigorous studies throughout their high school career.”