Criteria for placement in honors courses
President's Award for Educational Excellence
The President's Award for Educational Excellence honors 8th grade students for their achievement and hard work. The program provides individual recognition from the U.S. President and the U.S. Secretary of Education to those students whose outstanding efforts have enabled them to meet challenging standards of excellence.To be eligible, students must meet requirements, including grade point average and state tests performance.
- Grade Point Average: Students are to earn a grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. When computing the cumulative grade point averages, all middle school years are to be included through the fall semester of the 8th grade.
- State Tests and Nationally-Normed Achievement Tests: High achievement at the 90th percentile or above on the MCA in reading or math.
Students who earn the President's Award for Educational Excellence are recognized at a breakfast event at their school in May. Parents are invited to attend.