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SENIOR ACADEMIC RECOGNITION

BBCHS will embrace a new system to celebrate and honor student achievement beginning with the 2015-16 school year. Historically, class rank based on GPA has been used; however, the new reporting method simply provides students’ academic achievement data according to the percentile based on their cumulative, weighted GPA.  The Class of 2016 will be the first graduating class who will be reported to colleges and universities without an individual class rank; rather, the following weighted GPAs for the class are the defined parameters for presenting individual achievement.
 
Percentile
GPA
95th Percentile
4.257 and above
90th Percentile
4.058 – 4.256
85th Percentile
3.913 – 4.057
80th Percentile
3.722 – 3.912
75th Percentile
3.564 – 3.721
50th Percentile
3.000 – 3.563
25th Percentile
2.419 – 2.999
 
In addition to the percentile method, students who have achieved at the highest level will be recognized at graduation. The Latin system of recognizing achievement, widely accepted and used by colleges and universities, will be bestowed upon graduates earning a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and above. BBCHS will use the Latin system in lieu of naming a valedictorian and salutatorian.
 
Classification
GPA
Summa Cum Laude
4.05 and above
Magna Cum Laude
3.75 – 4.04
Cum Laude
3.50 – 3.74
 
“This system still recognizes and challenges the top achieving students to do well,” said BBCHS Superintendent, Dr. Scott Wakeley. “We will continue to celebrate and encourage students’ individual academic achievement.” 
 
To that end, BBCHS will introduce a new tradition in the spring of 2016.  In an effort to celebrate those students who achieve at high levels, BBCHS will host an annual Top 10 Percent Banquet. Students who are in the 90th percentile and above after the seventh semester will be recognized. Each student will have an opportunity to honor a staff member who inspired, influenced, or played a significant role in his or her high school journey.
 
 
The changes in the recognition of student achievement are part of the implementation of a new evidence-based curriculum at BBCHS focused on student learning. This system stresses knowledge acquisition instead of simply working toward a final grade. The progressive changes to curriculum, grading and reporting focus students on the task of mastering skills that ready them for their futures.