General Information Academics
- Graduation Requirements
- Honors Status at Eagan High School
- ACT Review
- Advanced Placement ®
- CATS - Choosing Academics Through the Summer
- National Merit Scholarship Program
District 196 and EHS Graduation Requirements
To be eligible for graduation, a student must have earned a total of 66 credits (minimum) in grades 9 through 12. It is possible to earn 84 credits during your four years at EHS. Many students accumulate far more than the minimum number of credits during their high school studies. All students are encouraged to select more than the minimum of required courses to take advantage of the broad scope of course offerings available.
2. Electives - 16 credits (not more than 12 in Music or Work Experience)
NOTE: Adjustments to the graduation requirements may be made in response to changes in state and federal laws.
- Encourage students to take the most challenging courses they are capable of taking;
- Remove the competitive disadvantage with similar high schools across the nation which already have implemented alternative class ranking systems for their Honors/Accelerated/AP students; and
- NOT disadvantage students who do not choose Honors/Accelerated/AP courses/College in the Schools.
1. Take at least 24 trimester courses of Honors/Accelerated/AP courses/College in the Schools (CIS) courses throughout grades 9-12. Students must successfully complete a minimum of six (6) trimester courses in each of the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades.
2. Students must earn a grade of “C” or better for an Honors/Accelerated/AP/CIS course to count toward the total grade level minimums of 24 trimester courses. Grade/Pass option grades will not be counted in this system.
Students must earn a grade of “C” or better for an Advanced Placement® (AP) or Honors course to count toward the total grade level minimums of 24 trimesters courses. Pass/No Credit grades will not be counted in this system.
Research shows that many colleges have already eliminated rank consideration for admission and scholarship consideration. Currently within our district high schools, the average student GPA is often as high as 3.4. Because of this many good students are ranked in the bottom half of their class.
Eliminating the practice of reporting class rank will allow students to:
- Focus on the classes they are taking and the grades in those classes, not how they compare to their peers.
- Compete against a standard rather than each other.
- Have their individual accomplishments acknowledged by admissions and scholarship committees instead of being compared to their classmates.
- Be considered for admissions and scholarships using a subjective, holistic approach.
- To be recognized using the honors criteria for Honors Status
How will it work?
Class rank or percentile will only be reported directly to the college/scholarship in the rare event that it must be reported in order for the student to be considered. Other than those unique circumstances, class rank information will not be available to colleges, scholarships, students or families.
How will students be recognized at Graduation time. (Regardless of classes taken)
90th Percentile: Summa Cum Laude
80th Percentile: Magna Cum Laude
70th Percentile: Cum Laude
To qualify for additional Honors Status designation at graduation, student must:
- Complete at least 24 trimester courses of Advanced Placement (AP), College in the Schools (CIS) or Honors courses throughout grades 9-12.
- Students must successfully complete each course with a grade of C or better. The Grade/Pass
- Option of “P” will not count as honors course.
*Students’ official transcripts reflect courses taken and grades earned only. All honors recognition takes place at Graduation.
THE CRITICAL ELEMENTS TO COLLEGE ADMISSION WILL CONTINUE TO BE:
- The challenging courses taken by the student
- College Entrance Examination Scores (students who challenge themselves get higher test scores!)
- Co-curricular activity participation
- Participation in activities outside of school including service activities
- Special talents
- College Application/Essay
- Letters of Recommendation
- Reputation of a student’s high school (Eagan High School’s reputation is very strong)
- Other (cultural and geographical diversity, family alumni, etc.)
District 196 students continue to outscore state and national averages on ACT
District 196 students scored higher than the state and national averages on the ACT college admissions test in 2021, according to results released in October.
The average composite score for District 196 students increased by 0.2 to 22.9 points out of a possible 36. The district average is 2.6 points higher than the national average of 20.3 and 1.3 points higher than the Minnesota average of 21.6, which is highest among the 19 states where more than 60 percent of all students took the test.
ACT Prep Offered by Eagan High School
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