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Honors, Cords, and Stoles


Quarter 3 of senior year is the last grading window applied to calculations for cords and stoles.

Graduating with Honors

(Cumulative GPA at the completion of Quarter 3 senior year)

    Cum Laude: 3.5-3.799 earns a white stole

    Magna Cum Laude: 3.8-3.999 earns a silver stole

    Summa Cum Laude: 4.0+ earns a gold stole

Becoming an Academic Scholar (Maroon & Gold Cord)

Any student successfully completing 3 or more college credit bearing classes with a B- or greater in 3 or more select areas. This includes all PSEO classes. Courses that have an A or B section will be counted as one course.

Area One: Language Arts

AP English Language & Composition, CIS Advanced Public Speaking, CIS University Writing & Critical Reading, CIS Introduction to Literature

Area Two: Sciences

AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, AP Physics - Mechanics, CIS Human Physiology, AP Environmental Science

Area Three: Mathematics

AP Precalculus, AP Calculus I, AP Calculus II, AP Computer Science, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Statistics, CIS Basics & Applied Statistics (ALC only), CIS College Algebra Through Modeling 

Area Four: Social Studies

AP US History, AP World History, CIS Microeconomics, CIS Macroeconomics, AP Psychology, AP Human Geography

Area Five: World Languages

Chinese III, Chinese IV, French V, Spanish V

Area Six: Arts

AP Music Theory

Area Seven: Career and Technical Education

Nursing Assistant Comprehensive, Medical Terminology, Pharmacology, Emergency Medical Responder, Emergency Medical Technician, Principles of Marketing, Principles of Management, College Introduction to Business, Business Computer Applications, Human Relations in Business, Business Information Systems, Plant Science Concepts, CIS Animal Science, Landscape Design and Construction, Greenhouse Technology, Engineering and Drafting 1, Exploring Education, Exploring the Teaching Profession 

Academic Lettering 

In order to earn a Forest Lake Area High School Academic Letter, students must earn a cumulative grade point average based on the following:


  Year in School  

  Cumulative GPA  


Honor for Literacy (Rangers Read) 

We know that reading is tied directly to life-long learning and success. To encourage our students to make reading a regular part of their lives, we have a literacy program called Rangers Read. Students who read a minimum of 10 books a year and complete a "book talk" with their advisory teacher will earn the privilege of wearing a white literacy honor cord for graduation. More information about the Rangers Read program can be found at this link.