Established in 1906, The Cum Laude Society is a national organization that recognizes academic achievement by secondary school students. The Constitution of the Society limits student membership to no more than 10% of the junior class and no more than 20% of the senior class (including those inducted as juniors). Member schools establish specific criteria for selection of student members based on the school’s academic values and culture.
The Seven Hills Chapter has established the following criteria for selection:
1. Cumulative GPA through the 5th (junior year) semester or 7th (senior year) semester.
2. Honors and Advanced Placement courses taken.
3. Survey of Upper School Faculty about class performance and approach to learning.
4. Academic achievement across the curriculum (i.e., excellent results in more than one area even though some areas may be stronger than others).
5. Attitude toward learning and active pursuit of academic excellence as demonstrated by (but not limited to)
a. Active class participation; consistently going well beyond the high expectations of the class.
b. Respect for the learning process and contributing to the intellectual tone in the classroom.
c. Academic enrichment activities outside the classroom (e.g., summer workshops and courses, Math League, some challenge projects, etc.).
Each year, faculty members of the Cum Laude Committee meet at the beginning of the second semester to review student performance based on these standards and to consider students for induction. All of the above criteria factor into a student’s selection; no single item is determinative by itself.
Students are notified of their selection in March and formally inducted in April.