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Awards & Honors

Summa Cum Laude & Magna Cum Laude


  • For the student who received a 4.0 GPA or above for all four years. The student will be awarded a gold cord to wear at his/her graduation.


  • For the student who received between a 3.75-3.99 GPA for all four years. The student will be awarded a silver cord to wear at his/her graduation.

CSF - California Scholarship Federation

  • The purpose of CSF is to foster high standards of scholarship, service, and citizenship.
  • For Life Membership (seal bearer), the student must be a member of CSF for four semesters, including one during their senior year.
  • At the time of graduation, the chapter seal shall be embossed upon the diplomas for all students who have qualified for Life member ship (seal bearer) and the achievement of Life Membership shall be indicated on their permanent office record cards and transcripts.
  • Gladstone High School will also award the student by allowing the student in wear a white graduation gown and sit in front for the senior picture and graduation.
  • *CSF requires that students must apply each semester

Honor Roll

Principal’s Honor Roll GPA of 4.00 and above

Gladiator Honor Roll GPA of 3.50 - 3.99

Honor Roll GPA of 3.00 - 3.49

(At the end of each semester, students automatically qualify for the Honor Roll based on their total weighted GPA (grade point average).

Honor Cords

Minimum Requirements for All Honor Cord Recipients

1. Cords must be associated with an active course

2. Student must be a Senior graduate in good standing for the current year

3. Students must have at least 3 years (or equivalent in the discipline he/she is being)

4. Student must have a minimum overall total weighted grade point average of 3.0

5. Student must have the Assistant Principal of Discipline approval (attendance and discipline records must be above satisfactory)

6. Adviser/teacher approval



Academic Decathlon - red/black cord

  • Minimum requirements
  • On the AcaDeca team

American Sign Language

  • Minimum requirements
  • 6 consecutive semesters of ASL with a B or higher

ASB Leadership - red cord

  • Minimum requirements
  • Must completed three years or more with an 'A' average
  • Active participation in school improvement

AVID Scholar - purple cord

  • Minimum requirements
  • Must be enrolled in AVID Senior Seminar
  • Must be an 'a-g' completer

French - black cord

  • Minimum requirements
  • Three years or more of French
  • B average last four semesters

Mathematics - orange cord

  • Minimum requirements
  • Must complete at least one AP math course by their senior year
  • Have a grade of 'B-' or higher in all math courses

Performing Arts: Choir - white cord

  • Minimum requirements
  • 4 years in Choir or Show Choir with at least a B average

Performing Arts: Band - white cord

  • Minimum requirements
  • 4 years participation in a combination of Wind Ensemble, Concert or Jazz Band
  • At Band Director's discretion 

Performing Arts: Drama - white cord

  • Minimum requirements
  • 3.0 GPA is performing arts classes
  • Must be currently active in the program


Scholar of Science - green cord

  • Minimum requirements
  • Must have completed either AP Biology or Physics with a 'B' or better
  • Complete 8 semester of science coursework, although some may be 'in progress' earning an A in regular coursework or a B- or better in AP or HP coursework

Social Science - red/white/blue cord

  • Minimum requirements
  • Take all 3 AP courses (AP World Hist/AP US Hist/AP Govt)
  • 3 or better on World & US AP exams

Spanish - red/gold cord

  • Minimum requirements
  • 1 year membership in Spanish Club

US Army JROTC - black/gold cord

  • Minimum requirements
  • Must be enrolled in ROTC during senior year
  • GPA in ROTC must be at least 3.0

Visual Arts - rainbow cord

  • Minimum requirements
  • 3 years in any Visual Arts class


A school-wide program that rewards students for improved scholarship, attendance and behavior. A variety of incentives and rewards are given for each card.

  • Platinum Card - for the student who receives a 4.0 GPA or higher with no U’s for the triad
  • Gold Card - for the student who receives a 3.5 - 3.99 GPA with no U’s for the triad
  • Silver Card - for the student who receives a 3.0 - 3.49 GPA with no U’s for the triad
  • Bronze Card - for the student who receives a 2.5 -2.99 GPA with no U’s for the triad or for students who improved their GPA by .5 or greater with no U’s for the triad