Honors Ranking System


 

The Honors Ranking System is designed to:


--Remove the disincentives in the current ranking system which discourage otherwise capable students from taking the most challenging courses in the core areas;
--Encourage students to take the most challenging courses they are capable of taking;
--Remove the competitive disadvantage with similar high schools across the nation which already have implemented alternative class ranking systems for their Honors/Accelerated/AP students; and
--NOT disadvantage students who do not choose Honors/Accelerated/AP courses.


Within the Honors Ranking System, the current system (regular ranking system) would be maintained along with a dual track Honors Ranking System.

To qualify for an Honors Rank at Eagan High School, students must meet the following criteria:


1. Take at least 24 trimester courses of Honors/Accelerated/AP courses (from the list at left) throughout grades 9-12. Students must successfully complete a minimum of six (6) trimester courses in each of the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades.

2. Students must earn a grade of “C” or better for an Honors/Accelerated/AP course (see list at left) to count toward the total grade level minimums of 24 trimester courses. Pass/No Credit grades will not be counted in this system.



THE CRITICAL ELEMENTS TO COLLEGE ADMISSION WILL CONTINUE TO BE:
(BEYOND CLASS RANK/GPA)
-The challenging courses taken by the student
-College Entrance Examination Scores (students who challenge themselves get higher test scores!)
-Co-curricular activity participation
-Participation in activities outside of school including service activities
-Special talents
-College Application/Essay
-Letters of Recommendation
-Interview
-Reputation of a student’s high school (Eagan High School’s reputation is very strong)
-Other (cultural and geographical diversity, family alumni, etc.)


Contact: Polly Reikowski