Top Academic Awards

Senior Academic Awards Criteria

Top Academic Level 11 & 12

The following criteria determines the Top Year 11 & 12 Academic awards at Senior Prize Giving;

  • A score will be calculated from Excellence credits from 4 Subjects (both internal credits & practice exams results) at the appropriate year level using no more than 20 credits from any one subject, for a total of 80 credits. 

  • Credits are counted from the student’s timetable subjects only.  Credits gained from Extracurricular activities ie the school Production will not be used towards the academic prize. 

  • Where study is at one level higher than the cohort, a factor of 1.4 will be applied in recognition of the additional level of difficulty. For two levels higher that factor will be 1.8.

  • Credits achieved the previous year as a result of accelerated study, and from both internal and external results, are eligible for inclusion; these will not be factored at a higher level. 

  • In the case of a tie, the Excellence credit total can be extended in increments of 10 credits, using the remaining subjects, until a top scholar is established.

  • A record of the calculations will be kept until March 1st the following year

  • International students who are studying a FULL year at Whakatane High School will be eligible for inclusion. 

  • Grades will only be considered up until the 2nd Friday of Term 4 - they must be recorded in our school system.

 

Dux and Proxime Accessit

The following criteria determines the Top Year 13 Academic awards at Senior Prize Giving;

  • A score will be calculated from Excellence credits from 4 Subjects (both internal credits & practice exams results)  at the appropriate year level using no more than 20 credits from any one subject, for a total of 80 credits. 

  • Credits are counted from the students timetable subjects only.  Credits gained from Extracurricular activities ie the school Production will not be used towards the academic prize. 

  • Credits achieved the previous year as a result of accelerated study, and from both internal and external results, are eligible for inclusion; these will not be factored at a higher level. 

  • If studying a University Paper for a semester and the student receives an overall A grade or higher they will receive 10 Excellence credits.  

  • If studying a University Paper for a full year and the student receives an overall A grade or higher they will receive 20 Excellence credits.  This can be taken from the provisional grade received from the University of study.

  • In the case of tie, the Excellence credit total can be extended in increments of 10 credits, using the remaining subjects, until a top scholar is established.

  • A record of the calculations will be kept until March 1st the following year

  • International students who are studying a FULL year at Whakatane High School will be eligible for inclusion. 

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