Honor Status Program

 Grades 9-12 

St. Joseph High School seeks to challenge students to reach their greatest academic potential. “Ultimately, the goal is that of true education: development of the whole person—soul, mind and body.” Toward this end, St. Joseph High School is offering an Honors Status Program to challenge high achievers to greater heights and depths of academic accomplishment in chosen courses. Honors sections are conducted at an accelerated pace and with greater intellectual and depth.

Freshman Year

  • Honors English I 
  • Honors Algebra I 
  • Honors Physical Science

Sophomore Year

  • Honors English II
  • Honors Geometry 
  • Honors Biology

Junior Year

  • Honors English III 
  • Honors Algebra II 
  • Honors U.S. History 
  • Honors Anatomy & Physiology 
  • Honors Chemistry

Senior Year

  • Honors English IV 
  • Honors Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus 
  • Honors World History 
  • Honors Anatomy
  • Honors Chemistry
  • Honors Physics


Honors Status Designation course addendum is intended to provide motivated and highly capable students with significant academic rigor beyond the expectations of the general curriculum. Honors Status Designation is designed to promote independent, higher level thinking skills and encourage inquiry and self-directed learning. The Honors Status course addendum is designed to provide additional depth of content, accelerated pacing, advanced concepts, and extended independent learning opportunities.

Characteristics and Abilities

A successful student with Honors Status designation exemplifies the following characteristics and has the following abilities: 

  • Academic initiative and enthusiasm 
  • Self-motivation and independent work ethic 
  • High standards of honesty and reliability
  • Strong reading and writing skills
  • Ability to use higher level thinking 
  • Ability to handle an accelerated pace and independent learning

Enrollment Process Indicators and Requirements

Please be aware of that the items below are required and will be reviewed by an undisclosed committee as a part of the enrollment process: 

  • Cumulative GPA requirement is 3.25. 
  • Subject area GPA requirement is 3.5 (The subject area in which you are applying.)
  • Previous grades and/or standardized test scores
  • Independent learning capabilities 
  • Student exemplifies the characteristics and abilities listed above
  • Recommendations from instructors or other school officials 

Honor Graduate Requirements

To graduate with Honors at the completion of high school, St. Joseph High School students must have minimally met the following stipulations:

All Honor Graduates must take: 

  • Chemistry OR Physics
  • 2 consecutive years of one Foreign Language
  • Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus
  • Earn at least 4 credits with Honors Status
  • Maintain an overall 3.5 average in all classes throughout their high school career (9th -12th grade)
  • Demonstrate consistent adherence to the St. Joseph High School Code of Excellence. 

St. Joseph uses the weighted GPA when determining a student’s class rank. Honor Graduates will be ranked higher than students who choose not to fulfill the Honor Graduate Requirements listed above. Valedictorian is the top ranking Honor Graduate(s). Salutatorian is the second highest top ranking Honor Graduate(s). In order to be named Valedictorian or Salutatorian, a student must also be enrolled at St. Joseph School for 11th and 12th grade.