The Board of Education wishes to recognize outstanding academic achievement and shall use a system of computing grade average to inform graduating students of their class standing.
Rank–In-Class and Class Rank Computation
For the purpose of computation of rank, courses are assigned a weight according to their level of academic difficulty. Course weights are assigned as follows:
|Advanced Placement and College Level||Weight of 1.15|
(effective with courses taken in the 2007/08 school year)
|Honors||Weight of 1.05|
(including those completed in eighth grade beginning with the class of 2006)
|All other courses||Weight of 1.0|
Courses applicable to class rank are those that are within the five major academic areas (English, social studies, math, science, and foreign language.) Effective with the 2007-2008 school year, all additional college level, honors and advanced placement courses in any discipline are also counted.
A student’s unweighted average is the numerical average of those courses included in the ranking process. No weight factor is applied.
For courses taken more than once, only the highest grade received will appear on the transcript and will be used for ranking purposes.
Rank for College Application
Rank for college application purposes is calculated at the conclusion of the junior year.
Rank for Valedictorian/Salutatorian/Other Honors
Rank is calculated once again after the third quarter of senior year to determine the Valedictorian/Salutatorian, as well as for any other honors that may be based on rank.
To be considered for Valedictorian/Salutatorian a graduating senior must have spent at least four (4) semesters at West Islip High School. A grade conversion chart will be applied to grades of students who transfer from a school which uses an alternate grading method.
The policy on Class Rank will be disseminated to appropriate school officials and will also be published in the student handbook. This policy will become effective with the high school class of 2002 and all subsequent classes.