The Washington Parish School Board wishes to recognize students who achieve outstanding academic records during their high school years.  Beginning with the class of 2009, class rank and percentages shall no longer be calculated.  Students shall be recognized with the distinction of Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Cum Laude.  This designation of students shall be based on the student’s final Grade Point Average (GPA).   The GPA shall be defined as the total quality points divided by the number of credits pursued.




To be eligible for scholastic honors in a particular school  in the Washington Parish School System, a student must have been registered in that school for the final semester of his/her senior year (90 days).  Should the student fail to register during the first ten (10) days of the spring semester because of extenuating circumstances (illness, death, custody, court order, etc.), official documentation must be provided to the school. The high school average of all final grades is used in determining the honor students. All subjects in which credit was received as listed in the transcript which is sent to the Louisiana Department of Education shall be used as a basis for determining who shall be distinguished as honor students.


The final grades of all subjects listed on the transcripts must be used in securing the averages, as specified in the grading procedures.  Partial unit subjects shall bear proportionate credit.


Students shall be recognized as honor students using the system defined below:




Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)



Summa Cum Laude

3.90 or higher


Magna Cum Laude 

3.75 – 3.89


Cum Laude

3.50 – 3.74


Public recognition should be given at commencement exercises to the honor students of the class.  Valedictorians and salutatorians shall not be designated.


Revised:  October, 2002

Revised:  March, 2008

Approved:  April 17, 2008



Ref:    La. Rev. Stat. Ann.  §17:81

Board minutes, 10-29-92, 9-12-02, 4-17-08


Washington Parish School Board