Academic Recognition

Grade Point Average

In all cases of academic recognition (except for Class Rank Points system) a student’s grade point average (GPA) is of fundamental importance. GPA is the sole criterion in all cases except National Honor Society and class rank based on class rank points. Induction into National Honor Society considers scholarship, character, leadership, and service. Class Rank Points consider awarding of points for the grade a stu­dent earned in a course, the number of credit hours earned and whether the course was weighted or unweighted.

Honor Roll 

Students earn Honor Roll status for any semester during which they achieve a weighted GPA of 3.5 or above in a minimum of 25 credit hours of ap­proved graded course work. Note: Work Study, correspondence, or courses taken pass/fail do not apply towards Honor Roll. Students are recognized at the Fall and Spring Honors Convocations.

Academic Letters & Pins

Students in grades 9-12 are eligible for a Lincoln Southeast Academic Let­ter when they have earned a 4.0 GPA or above on a weighted grade point scale for 2 consecutive semesters in 25 credit hours of graded course work each semester. Students who earn a 4.0 GPA or above on a weighted grade point scale in two additional consecutive semesters will earn an Academic Pin. Note: courses taken pass/fail do not apply towards an Academic Letters or Pins. A student will not earn an Academic Letter or Pin if a grade of “F” or “U” is received in any class.

4.0+ Award

Students who maintain a 4.0 or higher cumulative weighted GPA will receive recognition each semester. Note: classes taken pass/fail or with grades of S/U will not count towards the required 25 academic credit hours each semester.

National Honor Society

National Honor Society standards require that students qualify on the basis of scholarship, character, ser­vice, and leadership. Members are selected from the senior class when they satisfy the following criteria:

1) Must achieve a 3.5 or higher weighted grade point average for each individual semester grades 9-12;

2) Be enrolled in at least five academic classes at the time of induction to NHS; (special circumstances will be reviewed by the Faculty Council.) Classes taken with grades of U or S or Pass/Fail will not count toward the required five academic classes;

3) Be involved in two or more clubs or school activities at LSE during the sophomore, junior, senior years;

4) Be a student of character as defined by the National Council of National Honor Society;

5) Be involved in service on behalf of others in the community without financial or material compensation;

6) Compete 5 hours of community service completed at a NHS approved agency.

Following induction, students will be assigned to participate in two acts of service work as well. 

Membership is deter­mined by the LSE Faculty Council after receipt and review of a completed application by the eligible student during the fall of their senior year. 

Academic Wall of Honor

In order to qualify for the Wall of Honor, a graduating senior must have earned a 4.0 or higher weighted GPA each semester based on 25+ graded credit hours each semester, all 8 semesters of their high school tenure (grades 9-12) at Lincoln Southeast High School. Note: Mid-term graduates are not eligible. Students earning this award will be featured with an individual picture and name plaque in a framed display in the Commons.

Class Rank 

This section remains in effect for all students entering high school by the fall semester of 2016 and graduating by the end of the spring semester of 2020. Class Rank is based on Class Rank Points. The CRP of all students in a class are listed from highest to lowest with a rank assigned to each. The rank indicates where a student’s CRP places him/her in relation to all other students in the class. For the student whose CRP places him/her 25th in a class of 465, rank would be expressed as 25/465. Class ranks are computed twice a year, at the end of each semester.

Top 3% 

This section remains in effect for all students entering high school by the fall semester of 2016 and graduating by the end of the spring semester of 2020. Students whose weighted class rank places them in the top 3% of their class. Second semester seniors receive a medallion to wear at graduation.

Graduation Honors 

Effective for the class of 2021, the Laude Latin model will be used to recognize academic excellence at the conclusion of a student’s high school career. Students will work to compete against the criterion for academic honors – rather than other students. A student’s final cumulative GPA will be used to determine the level of honor on a student’s high school transcript, diploma, and for academic recognition at commencement exercises. The following three levels of academic honors will be used:

1. SUMMA CUM LAUDE “with highest distinction”: Students with cumulative GPA of 4.250 and above on a 4.00 weighted scale.
2. MAGNA CUM LAUDE “with great distinction”: Students with cumulative GPA of 4.000 to 4.249 on a 4.00 weighted scale.
3. CUM LAUDE “with distinction”: Students with cumulative GPA of 3.750 to 3.999 on a 4.00 weighted scale.