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Science Hill, JCVA add Latin System for graduation distinctions

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Beginning with the 2022-23 school year, Science Hill High School and the Johnson City Virtual Academy will now use the Latin System as a way to honor their graduates with distinctions. The breakdown is available in the 2022-2023 Science Hill Program of Study that was approved by the Johnson City Board of Education during their meeting on Monday, February 7.

“Our transition to the Latin System follows suit with many other high schools across both Tennessee and the nation,” said David Timbs, Johnson City Schools Director of Secondary and Instructional Technology.  “By adopting this, our Board of Education is keeping pace with both how we honor our graduates and the language we use to do so at both of our schools awarding diplomas.”

This change means that the Summa Cum Laude distinction will be awarded to students with a grade point average of 4.25 or above. Magna Cum Laude will be awarded to students with a grade point average between 4.00 and 4.25. Lastly, Cum Laude will be awarded to students who have a GPA between 3.75 and 3.99.

“We are excited about this new way to honor our graduates and believe the Latin System will be highly motivational to our students,” said Science Hill Principal Josh Carter. “Our team looked at many options before making this recommendation that brings us in line with many of the high schools we compare ourselves to academically.”

The determination of Graduating with Honors and Graduating with distinction is made at the end of the students’ seventh semester. All documentation for distinctions must be submitted by the student to the counselor to be considered for graduation.

Other graduate distinctions can be found on page 11 of the 2022-2023 Science Hill Program of Study. To view the updated Science Hill Program of Study, visit

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