Cardinal Gibbons uses letter grades in evaluating scholastic achievement. A grade of an INC (Incomplete) indicates that requirements have not been met. An incomplete grade must be made up within two weeks of the date the grade was issued. Letter grades and numeric points are awarded as follows:
Students who receive a grade of an F in a required course must make up the course in order to be promoted to the next grade. Students will have access either to a summer school option or an online option. Students must complete any coursework prior to July 31st of the academic year. Students with multiple failures will be placed on academic probation. Students on probation who do not improve may be asked to withdraw from Cardinal Gibbons.
Transcripts are an official record of a student’s semester grades and GPA. The registrar is responsible for these records. Transfer student grades will not be a part of the Cardinal Gibbons High School transcript. Official grades and credits earned at other schools will be attached to the Cardinal Gibbons transcript when an official transcript is requested. Only high school courses taken at Cardinal Gibbons High School are included in the GPA and determination of awards. High school credit is not given for college courses.
Students must take a minimum of five courses to be eligible for the Honor Roll. The following honors are recognized:
- A Honor Roll: All A's for the semester. (A+, A and A-)
- A-B Honor Roll: No grade below B- for the semester. (A+, A, A-, B+, B and B-)
Valedictorian and Salutatorian
Determination of the Valedictorian and Salutatorian is based upon the culmulative GPA after seven semesters. No student will be considered for Valedictorian or Salutatorian unless s/he has been a student at Cardinal Gibbons for at least five consecutive semesters. The Valedictorian and Salutatorian must be students in good standing as determined by the administration. Only Cardinal Gibbons High School courses are included in the GPA and determination of Valedictorian and Salutatorian. High school credit is not given for courses taken at a college or university.
The Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama Award is given to seniors who rank in the top 10% of the graduating class. Determination for this award is based upon the Cumulative GPA after seven semesters. No student will be considered unless he/she has been a student at Cardinal Gibbons for at least five consecutive semesters. Only Cardinal Gibbons High School courses are included in the GPA and determination of this award. This award is a medallion (bust of James Cardinal Gibbons) worn on a green ribbon over the graduation gown. This is denoted by the graduate's name in the Graduation program. (This award is given at Graduation practice.) A picture with the Bishop is taken immediately following Baccalaureate Mass.
The Bishop F. Joseph Gossman Award is an academic award given to the senior who has the best overall average in a particular content area, over the 4 years of high school and who has shown extraordinary interest in the subject. This is given by the department, and the recipients of these awards are announced during the Graduation ceremony and receive the award on stage.
The Bishop Michael F. Burbidge Award is presented to the student who is known for showing outstanding love and devotion to the administration, faculty, and students of Cardinal Gibbons High School. The recipient's name is added to the plaque that hangs in the main office of the school. This award is given on stage at Graduation.
The Bishop Vincent S. Waters Award is given to a student who has shown outstanding witness to the Roman Catholic faith, by living out each day, the Christian call to holiness. The recipient's name is added to the plaque that hangs in the main office of the school. This award is given on stage at Graduation.
The North Carolina Academic Scholar Program is sponsored by the State of NC Board of Education. A gold seal is placed on the diploma of each of these recipients. This is given to seniors who have a 3.5+ GPA (unweighted) and who have met certain course requirements. This is denoted by the graduate's name in the Graduation program.
The President's Education Award Program is the sponsor of this award. A certificate signed by the President of the United States and the Secretary of Education is given for outstanding achievement and is denoted beside the graduate's name in the Graduation program. The criteria for the President's Education Award are a minimum of a 3.5 GPA (unweighted) and a score on the SAT or ACT in the 85th percentile or higher. (Certificates are given at Graduation practice.)
Junior Marshal – The top 15 students in class ranking after five consecutive semesters are asked to serve as marshals for Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation. A student must be enrolled at Cardinal Gibbons for at least three semesters to be considered.