Honors Courses on PHAA Transcripts

PHAA BYLAWS: When the word "Honors" appears as part of a course title on the transcript, it shall indicate either: (1) special honors received by the student as part of the course, or (2) great initiative shown by the student as part of the course. Such a designation must be supported by an explanation by the evaluator in the evaluation letter which specifies why the course is being considered to be an honors course.

When "AP" or "Advanced Placement" appears as part of a course title on the transcript, it shall indicate that the student has taken the Advanced Placement exam for the test specified by the course title. The Advanced Placement test score should be added to the transcript once it becomes available.

When a college course appears on the transcript, the name of the college shall be indicated and the grade shall reflect the grade given by the college.

Whenever a course title includes the words “honors” on a PHAA transcript that designation must be supported by an explanation in the evaluation letter stating one of the following:

You can note that a course is an “Honors” course when you fill in the course title on the Year’s Work Checklist . If your evaluator puts that title on the transcript, he or she will need to describe in the evaluation letter why the course earned the Honors designation. This will communicate with future colleges and competitive summer programs what the honors designation means for this student. You may want to write up a clear summary for the portfolio also. We hope that the prospect of the “Honors” designation in the course title will give students an extra push of motivation to meet higher standards, do more work, do better quality work, or show more initiative.

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