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Huntley High School Class of 2019 will be last with class ranks

Huntley School District 158 votes to transition to Latin honor system

HUNTLEY – Huntley High School will shift to the Latin honor system to recognize student excellence after the Huntley Community School District 158 board recently voted in favor of it.

Moving away from the tradition class-rank system, which district officials said forces competition between students to rank in the top 10 percent, will retain a high standard but make the system less arbitrary, Chief Academic Officer Erika Schlicter previously said.

A memo for board members said, “Class rank was a very prominent component in the college admissions process. However, many colleges and universities are moving away from using class rank and considering a more holistic approach to admissions.”

The new system, which would start with the incoming class of 2020, will mean an increase in post-secondary opportunities for students, force colleges and universities to take a holistic look at students, relieve student stress about a system that’s out of their control, eliminate the competitive designation of valedictorian and salutatorian, allow students to choose classes more freely, and allow the school to recognize all students, not just the top students, according to a district memo.

The new Latin honor system would recognize students with a GPA between 3.75 and 4.249 as cum laude, those between 4.25 and 4.499 as magna cum laude and those with a 4.5 or above as summa cum laude.

The District 158 board’s unanimous decision comes months after Crystal Lake-based Community High School District 155 nixed class rank. According to District 158 documents, nearly 50 other suburban schools have made the move, too.

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