In the 2017-2018 school year, a Weighted Grade Review Committee comprised of students, parents, classroom teachers, school counselors, and administrators reviewed district policies and guidelines related to the district's current weighted grades, class rank, and Valedictorian/Salutatorian designation.
Beginning with the graduating class of 2022, the Sheboygan Area School District introduced a three-level Laude System to replace the previous valedictorian system. The following weighted GPA ranges will be used to determine each Laude level:
Laude levels will be recognized at graduation with colored cords as follows:
Transition to Laude System at Sheboygan Area School District
In March 2018, the committee presented five recommendations to the Board of Education which were approved in May. The recommendations modify the weighted grade and class rank policies and include the transition from the current valedictorian/salutatorian system to a Laude System over the next four years.
Recommendations 1-4 apply only to the freshman class, which is the graduating class of 2022. Knowing many students plan their high school coursework beginning their freshman year, the committee determined it was in the best interest of students to begin these changes with a new class of incoming high school students.
Recommendation 5 applies to the sophomore class (2021), junior class (2020) and senior class (2019). The recommended change will ensure that a students’ class rank is reported more consistently throughout their high school career.
The changes are as follows:
In order to assist in answering questions you may have about these changes, we have included a list of frequently asked questions.