Academic Honors


Grading: Most courses are graded on an A-F basis. Some courses are graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory (pass/fail) basis. A grade of F in a course means there have been no credits earned for that course.
In addition, a student has the individual option to select up to ten credit points each semester to be graded on a satisfactory/ unsatisfactory basis other than the standard system. A student may, however, use only 30 credit points of these satisfactory/ unsatisfactory options toward the total number of hours required for graduation. (Courses offered only on the satisfactory/ unsatisfactory basis do not count toward the 30 points.)

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.

Class Rank (Not applicable for class of 2021 and beyond)

The Lincoln Public Schools Board of Education approved this system for determining class rank. Below is an explanation of the system that began for students in the class of 2005.

  • Class rank will be calculated by a class rank points system.
  • The weighted grades system will remain the same.
  • The transcript will continue to show a student’s GPA as un-weighted and weighted.
  • Each course that a student takes will be assigned class rank points. This is determined by the grade that the student receives in the course and the number of credit hours earned. (see charts below)
  • Weighted courses will receive more class rank points than un-weighted courses.
  • Class rank will be determined by the total of a student’s class rank points and will be placed in order from highest total to lowest total.
  • A cap of 280 hours would be placed on class rank points. This cap is figured on a student taking 7 courses for the 8 semesters of high school.
  • If a student has earned more than 280 hours, the courses with the lowest grades and hours would be dropped. These grades will still be figured as part of the student’s GPA.
  • Courses taken pass/fail will not receive any points in the class rank points system.
  • It is possible to have a higher GPA than another student and still be ranked lower because of the number of classes that student has taken.
  • The class rank points system rewards students for taking weighted courses as well as a full schedule of classes.

Class Rank Points for 5 Hour Courses

A limited number of classes in the Lincoln Public Schools curriculum provide for weighted grades. In these courses, only a grade of “C” and above is weighted.

A = 5.0 B+ = 4.5 B = 4.0 C+ = 3.5 C = 3.0

Honor Roll

To be on Honor Roll a student must carry a minimum of 25 credits of approved classes (graded courses) with a semester grade point average of 3.5 or better.

Scholastic Letters

Scholastic Letters are awarded to those students who achieve a weighted semester GPA of 4.0 or better for at least 25 credits of approved classes (graded courses) for any two consecutive semesters while at Lincoln Northeast.

Top 3% (Not applicable for class of 2021 and beyond)

These students are honored for having the highest-class rank in their grade.

Graduation Honors

Effective for the class of 2021, the Laude Latin model will be used to recognize academic excellence at the conclusion of a students 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 a cumulative GPA of 4.250 and above on a 4.00 weighted scale.

2. MAGNA CUM LAUDE “with great distinction”: Students with a 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.

Seven Semester Honor Roll

Graduating seniors are honored at commencement for having achieved Honor Roll status for each of the previous seven semesters.

National Honor Society

Membership in National Honor Society is a mark of student achievement. It signifies high standards of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Students are eligible for membership in the National Honor Society if they have achieved at least a 3.5 GPA for at least four semesters of high school work and completed an information form showing evidence of service, leadership and character. A committee of five teachers approved by the principal (or a designee) selects members for induction as first semester juniors or seniors.