Insider Tips From the Dean’s List

The lists for the 2016-2017 first quarter Honor Roll, High Honor Roll, Dean’s List, and Effort Honor roll are expected to be released in early November. With much excitement surrounding the release of these lists came one question from many new students: “How can I make one of those next quarter?”

The criteria to earn a spot on an honor roll is clear:

Dean’s List High Honor Roll Honor Roll
Grades 11 & 12:  Minimum GPA of 4.00

Grades 9 & 10:  Minimum GPA of 3.70

No grade lower than B+

Grades 11 & 12:  Minimum GPA of 3.70

Grades 9 & 10:  Minimum GPA of 3.30

No grade lower than B

Grades 11 & 12:  Minimum GPA of 3.30

Grades 9 & 10:  Minimum GPA of 3.00

No grade lower than B-

Note: All GPAs are weighted

To get on the Effort Honor Roll, one must have at least three “excellent” efforts with no effort grade below a “good.”


Senior Ashley Davis

Whilst these numbers may seem daunting, it always pays to work hard. It may seem like common sense, but one sure way to make the highest of honor rolls at school is to study often. Senior Ashley Davis has made Dean’s List several times in her years at Northwood. “Sometimes I am able to get all my work done throughout the day so I have no homework,” she said. “But other nights I’m swamped. Normally I have almost 2 hours [of studying] though,”

While it may seem difficult to get motivated to do homework instead of watching Netflix for the entire study hall, it is one of the few ways to obtain a spot on one of the lists.


Junior Nikki Kendrick

Along with studying and being productive during study hall, another important time to utilize during the day is ‘flex.” Flex period, as it is formally known, is a thirty minute free period during the day created in part for students to get extra help from their teachers. “I try to see my teachers at least three times a week during flex,” remarks Nikki Kendrick ‘18. Kendrick’s time spent during flex has paid off, as she has found herself both on the High Honor Roll and Dean’s List.

Students are concerned that changes to honor roll eligibility requirements will make it more difficult to get on the lists. Many students are hoping to find themselves on an honor roll and are anxiously awaiting their publication.


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