Mr. Joel R. Farren, Principal
During the course of the 2012-13 school-year, I presented information to the Germantown High School Building Leadership Team (BLT) in regard to promoting the creation of an “Academic Hall of Fame.” I utilized criteria and data from two other high schools in southeast Wisconsin (Cedarburg and Greendale) that had these, as a model for beginning the discussion on establishing this for Germantown High School. After an analysis of that criteria and data, discussion with the members of the BLT which included parents, teachers, support staff and me, we agreed upon specific criteria for GHS. There are two main categories: 1) ACT score of 30 and above and 2) Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar awards. Within the AP Scholar award are four categories:
- National Scholar: earned an average of 4 or higher on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.
- Scholar with Distinction: earned an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.
- Scholar with Honor: earned an average of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
- Scholar: completed three or more AP Exams, with grades of 3 or higher.
It was agreed upon unanimously that the criteria would be based on the above criteria, which is assessed by a third-party and not linked to grades or a specific class or teacher.
The next step was to determine a starting point for the display and settled upon it being the Class of 2013. Finally, I determined the location to be in the “A-wing” of the building, which is the main academic wing and that it would be near the front entrance and in the senior hallway. After establishment of the above, which was completed in late May of 2013, I began working with a vendor in order to begin the process of implementation. The classes of 2013, 2014 and 2015 are currently being recognized on this Academic Hall of Fame with the class they graduate with. For example, if a student took the ACT as a junior and received a score of over 30, they will be noted on the plaque with their graduating class, after that class has graduated.
In addition, if a student qualifies under the AP Scholar criteria, they would be noted on the highest level of achievement they received and not in each individual category. Final information regarding ACT and AP becomes available in the summer after a given class graduates. We verify the information, I work with the vendor to update the wall and then letters are sent out to the former students who are being honored. All items, supplies and materials are paid for from a fundraising account, typically a combination of the class accounts as a part of the “Senior gift” and Target’s “Take Charge of Education” program. Pictures have been included on our website, along with the list of students who are being honored.