At both Riverside Brookfield and Lyons Township high schools, the majority of the students make the honor roll.
At RBHS, 68 percent of students made either the A or B honor roll in the first quarter and 62 percent did so in the second quarter. At LTHS 72 percent of students made the honor roll first semester.
“That doesn’t necessarily surprise me too much to have those numbers,” said RBHS Principal Kristin Smetana.
At RBHS, students must have a weighted grade point average of 4.0 or above to make the A Honor Roll and a weighted grade point average of 3.0 to 3.99 to make the B Honor Roll.
LTHS has just one honor roll and a student must have a weighted or unweighted GPA of 3.125 or above to be included.
School administrators say the honor roll still has meaning even if more than half the students make it.
“I think the honor roll certainly means something,” Smetana said. “It is something that many of our students strive for, which is one of the reasons why you see 62 percent of our students on the honor roll. It is something that they value and it is something that their parents value.”
Lots of high grades are given out at both schools.
At RBHS, 45.4 percent of all the grades given out in the first semester were A’s, 29.8 percent were B’s, 15.8 percent were C’s, 6.7 percent were D’s, and 2.2 percent were F’s according to information provided by the school.
Math was the toughest grading department at RBHS with 33.4 percent of the grades given out in the first semester being A’s, 31.5 percent B’s, 21.2 percent C’s, 10.5 percent D’s, and 3.4 percent F’s.
The next toughest department was science where 34.5 percent of grades were A’s, 33.2 percent were B’s, 20.1 percent were C’s, 10.5 percent were D’s, and 2.7 percent were F’s.
In Social Sciences, 38.3 percent of first semester grades were A’s and 30.7 percent were B’s. In English, more than 75 percent students received either an A or a B with 40.1 percent of students receiving an A and 36.1 percent receiving a B.
Students received very high grades in Fine Arts classes at RBHS with 75.1 percent of grades being A’s, 15.6 percent B’s, 5.9 percent C’s, 2.4 percent D’s, and 1 percent F’s.
“Students can typically do better in elective courses because it’s something they are really passionate about and excited about taking,” Smetana said.
Making the honor roll is something that some students care about but many students don’t pay much attention to. Some students say it means more to their parents than it does to themselves.
“It means my grades are good, which is kind of like reassuring to me when I make the honor roll,” said RBHS sophomore Isabella Bolton, who made the B Honor Roll first semester. “It makes me feel better about my grades, and it’s more something for my parents, I would say.”
Bolton said she found out about making the honor roll from her mother.
Sophomore Avianna Velasquez agrees her parents probably care more than she does about making the honor roll.
“I think it’s just a way to show that I actually care about my grades and I actually do the work,” said Velasquez who also made the B Honor Roll first semester. “It’s more for your parents. They know you’re trying in school.”
At RBHS, students don’t get anything other than honor for making the honor roll. At LTHS, students who make the honor roll get bumper stickers for their parents stating that they have a child who made the honor roll.
“You certainly see a lot of LT bumper stickers around,” said Scott Eggerding, director of Curriculum and Instruction at LTHS.