Class Rank FAQs - Lyons Township High School District 204 (2024)

Why has Lyons Township High School eliminated class rank?

  • Nationally, the use of class rank has been used less and less as an indicator for college acceptance, falling behind GPA, rigorous coursework, the student essay, and even student interest in attending the school. (National Association of College Admissions Counselors)
  • Very little difference exists across 50 places in a ranking at large, highly competitive school like LT.
  • Students at LT ranked in the middle (500th) have a weighted GPA of 3.2 and un-weighted GPA of 2.9.
  • Students in the middle at LT have ACT and other test scores higher than many other schools’ middle ranked students.
  • More LT students will have the opportunity to be accepted into colleges based on coursework and grades instead of a measure against his/her peers.
  • Students may choose courses they are interested in rather than taking one that might provide a higher rank.
  • Most schools similar to LT have eliminated rank, putting LT students at a disadvantage when being compared for admission, especially when a student has a rank lower than the top 5%.

Evanston, Maine Township West, South & East, Glenbrook North & South, New Trier, Stevenson, Highland Park, Deerfield, Libertyville, Vernon Hills, Naperville North & Central, Hinsdale Central & South, Wheaton/Warrenville South, Wheaton North, Fenwick, Lake Zurich, Barrington, Lake Forest, St. Charles, Conant, Fremd, Hoffman Estates, Palatine, Schaumburg, Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove, Wheeling, Hersey, Rolling Meadows, Prospect, Joliet Central & West, Niles West & North, Stagg, Sandberg, Andrew, IMSA, Benet, St. Ignatius, Mother McAuley, St. Viator, Providence, Oak Park River Forest

How will students be recognized without ranking?

With the elimination of Class Rank, a number of recognitions must be reshaped to reflect achievement independent of rank. Traditionally, academic excellence has been recognized by two awards: the Gold L award and honor graduates. Gold L represents students who are in the top 15% of graduates based on a weighted GPA ranking as of the end of the 7th semester. Honor graduates are students who’s weighted GPA was equal to or greater than 5.0 or who’s un-weighted GPA was 4.0.
After much discussion with the Curriculum Staff Development Team, the following recommendations are made to recognize academic achievement for the Class of 2017 and beyond:

  • Students would graduate LTHS with “Gold L” honors if, after the 7th semester, they achieve*
    • an un-weighted GPA of 3.6667 or higher (equivalent to an A- on a 4.0 scale) or
    • a weighted GPA of 4.5 or higher.
  • Students would graduate LTHS with high honors if, after the seventh semester, they achieve
    • an un-weighted GPA of 4.0 or
    • a weighted GPA of 5.0 or higher

*No GPA will be rounded in thedetermination of “Gold L” honors or high honors

Since there would no longer be a student ranked number 1 in the class, there would no longer be a Valedictorian. Instead, a Commencement Speaker would be chosen by the following process:

  • Interested students from among those who achieve high honors would be invited to write a speech and submit it to be reviewed.
  • A committee appointed by the Principal consisting of teachers, administrators and students would select the speaker.
  • The speaker would not be designated the Valedictorian; rather, the student would be chosen to give the Commencement Address.
  • Commencement would continue to have three speeches.
    • A Commencement address (see above)
    • An address by the Class President
    • An address by the Student Council President
  • The meditation, formerly the role given to the Salutatorian, would be chosen by the Principal.

    National Honor Society would also need to change its academic identifier. NHS currently invites only those who are in the top 20% of their class, based on a weighted GPA. By choosing a target GPA that approximates the top 20% based on previous years and that includes weighted or un-weighted grades, a little wider net can be cast for initial consideration.

    Invitations to apply for NHS consideration will be extended to students who meet the minimum standard of scholarship of an un-weighted GPA of 3.5 or higher or a weighted GPA of 4.25 or higher.

    When is the earliest that this change will take place?

    The Class of 2017 will be the first to graduate without a rank.
    All classes to graduate prior to 2017 were ranked and had a valedictorian and a salutatorian.

    • As of May 19, 2014 the unofficial ranking information was removed from Infinite Campus.
    • Two weeks following the end of a semester, an official weighted and un-weighted rank will be calculated for student in the classes of 2014, 2015 and 2016.
    • An official weighted and un-weighted rank will be placed on the report card and transcript of students in the classes of 2014, 2015, and 2016.
    • For the class of 2017 and thereafter, no official rank will be calculated. Information will be provided regarding the high, median and low ranks for comparative purposes will be placed on the school profile that gets sent to every school along with an official transcript
    Class Rank FAQs - Lyons Township High School District 204 (2024)


    How does class rank work in high school? ›

    Your class rank is determined by comparing your GPA to the GPA of people in the same grade as you. So, if you are a junior and your high school has 500 juniors, each of them will receive a number, 1-500, with the person who has the highest GPA ranked #1.

    How can I check my class rank? ›

    Check your school's policy: Some schools provide class rank on your transcript or report card, so you can start by looking there. If you don't find it there, you can visit your school's website, which may have information about their policy on calculating and disclosing class ranks.

    What if my school doesn't do class rank? ›

    Many high schools don't report class rank, especially competitive ones. This will not hurt your chances of college admission. College and scholarship applications will contain an option to select that your school has no class ranking.

    What percent am I in my class rank? ›

    If using class rank, figure your class rank percentile by dividing your class rank by your class size, then subtract that number from 100 percent.

    Do schools care about class rank? ›

    From my experience with my own child's college application process, I can tell you that colleges do look at class rank, but it's not the only factor they consider. They review applications holistically, which means they take into account your GPA, test scores, extracurricular activities, essays, and more.

    What makes your class rank go up? ›

    Obviously the better your grades the better your rank. Strive to improve your grades on every scoring opportunity. Put additional effort into homework, papers, projects, and studying for tests. You might need to switch up your study habits, too.

    What is a good class rank to have? ›

    Top Half: Try to be in the upper half of your class. If you're in a class of 500, aim to be ranked 250 or higher. This shows you're doing better than most of your classmates. Top 25%: If you're looking at moderately competitive colleges, being in the top 25% is a good goal.

    Do I have to report my class rank? ›

    You should report your current Class Rank and GPA, even if they might change later in the school year. If your school does not rank, select 'None' from the drop down menu. If your school calculates both weighted and unweighted Class Rank/GPA, report the weighted value.

    What is the exact class rank? ›

    Hi there! 'Exact class rank' refers to a student's specific standing within their graduating class based on their academic performance. This number is usually determined by comparing your cumulative grade point average (GPA) to those of your classmates.

    Why are high schools getting rid of class rank? ›

    The unnecessary competition that class ranks cause creates a hostile environment for students where everyone is only looking out for themselves. In an effort to discourage these overly competitive attitudes while still giving distinctions to high-achievers, many high schools have begun changing the honors system.

    What affects your class rank? ›

    The compilation of courses and grades is converted to an overall grade point average (GPA), and the higher the GPA, the higher the student's class ranking.

    Does school ranking really matter? ›

    Rankings are important because graduate schools use them for evaluating undergraduate applicants, and employers take into account where you went to school,” says Nguyen. “Now, is that always accurate? No. And future employers know that too.

    How do schools determine class rank? ›

    To determine class rank, each student's GPA is calculated and then compared. At most schools, class rank can be found on a student's transcript or report card. How's that work in practice? Well, if there are 400 people in your grade, you will be collectively ranked from 1 to 400.

    How do you estimate class rank? ›

    Calculate percentiles: Divide the number of students with a higher GPA than you by the total number of GPAs you collected, then multiply by 100. This will give you the percentile rank for your GPA. 4. Estimate class rank: Multiply the percentile rank you obtained by the size of your class.

    How do I calculate my rank percentage? ›

    Percentile rank formula

    You can calculate the percentile rank using this formula:Percentile rank = p / 100 x (n + 1)In the equation: p represents the percentile. n represents the total number of items in the data set.

    What is considered a good class rank? ›

    A “really good” class rank is typically considered to be in the top 25% of your class and to be in the top 10% is considered “highly competitive” or “excellent.” Think of it as a friendly competition between you and all of your classmates. Competition can be good.

    How are high school rankings determined? ›

    The Best Public High Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data, and ratings collected from millions of Niche users.

    What are the top 3 graduates called in high school? ›

    Valedictorian, Salutatorian & Class Rank: Why They Matter for College Admissions.

    How do you rank up classes? ›

    Exam Pass Rates: One of the primary metrics we look at is the pass rate of the AP exam associated with each class. A lower pass rate often indicates a more challenging exam, which could reflect the complexity of the course material.

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