The Fuqua School Chapter of The Cum Laude Society received its charter in May of 2008. The Cum Laude Society is an international organization that recognizes academic excellence by inducting the top 20% of the senior class based on GPA. The top 10% is inducted at the beginning of the academic year; the second 10% at the end of the year. Students inducted into the Cum Laude Society must have been enrolled at Fuqua School since the beginning of their junior year and qualify behaviorally for a leadership/honor privilege (see page 33, #5).
The Scholars Program is comprised of students who achieved honor roll status both semesters of the previous year. Students in grades 10, 11, and 12 who qualify are named to the Scholars Program at the beginning of every academic year. To qualify as a High Academic Scholar, the student’s semester grades from the previous academic year must be all A's; Academic Scholars all A's and B's; Merit Scholars 3.0 GPA with no grade less than C-. Students inducted into the Scholars Program must have attended Fuqua School throughout the entire previous academic year and qualify behaviorally for a leadership/honor privilege (see page 33, #5) prior to induction. Membership must be earned each year.
Academic Societies are designed to recognize academic excellence and strong interest in specific content areas: English, math, science, social studies, Spanish, Latin, art, music, and theater. Students inducted into an academic society must have earned at least a 3.2 GPA in the content area, an overall 2.0 GPA, and qualify behaviorally for a leadership/honor privilege (see page 33, # 5). Each society also has additional criteria. Membership in a society is by application at the beginning of an academic year. Once inducted, a student is not required to reapply in subsequent years.
Selection of the school's valedictorian, salutatorian, and giftorian is based on the cumulative grade point average (see page 27). Students selected as valedictorian, salutatorian, and giftorian must qualify behaviorally for a leadership/honor privilege (see page 33).
Summer residential schools provide gifted and talented rising high school juniors and seniors from across the State with intensive educational experiences in visual and performing arts, humanities, science, technology, or mentorships. Students submit applications to the school in late fall, and the school selects nominees to be forwarded to regional and then state selection committees according to the number of allotted slots. Consideration is given to a student’s academic record, test scores, co-curricular activities, creativity, original essays, and teacher recommendations. Students in the arts audition or submit portfolios of selected work samples for review.
This statewide program, which takes place during the summer, enhances the participant’s knowledge of state and local government and encourages participation in each. Students are selected during their junior year for their outstanding leadership, character, scholarship, loyalty, interest in government, and service to their schools and community. Students are sponsored by Fuqua School and community civic organizations.
All sophomores are eligible to apply for selection as the Fuqua School representative in the all-expense-paid Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundation (HOBY) Leadership Seminar held each spring in Virginia and in all 50 states and several territories and countries. HOBY’s purpose is to bring together high school sophomores who have demonstrated leadership ability and provide them an opportunity to interact with distinguished leaders in business, government, education, and the professions to discuss present and future issues. This student is selected on the basis of leadership ability, sensitivity to others, and a demonstrated desire to communicate knowledge with others. Emphasis is on personal incentive and leadership potential.