Graduation Requirements

The Honors Academy at Lutheran West presents a rigorous curriculum to challenge students to an even higher level of achievement. Students will enjoy a curriculum that focuses on developing a vast array of analytical thinking skills, achieving strong standardized test scores, and preparing them for study at the collegiate level. The Honors Academy also ensures that students have opportunities to model servant leadership by fostering relationships with a variety of local, national, and global non-profit organizations.

To earn a Lutheran West diploma with recognition from The Honors Academy, students will meet the standards listed below:

Honors Seminar:

Enroll in the Honors Seminar each semester.

Attend the Honors Seminar each week, except in the case of an excused absence.

Achieve a grade of "B" or higher in the Honors Seminar each semester.

Service Internship:

Complete at least 40 hours of a Service Internship through Building Hope in the City. SHA members are required to complete at least 10 hours per year. Opportunities are made available throughout the school year and summer.  Additional opportunities through BHITC can be found here                   

Extra-curricular Activities:

Participate in two extra-curricular activities each year. Extra-curricular activities are listed in the Lutheran West Handbook.


Earn 10 AP/Honors/PSEOP credits before graduation.

Choose an academic emphasis by the end of the sophomore year:

Christian Leadership

Language and History

Liberal Arts

STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Take the advanced placement (AP) exam for each AP course taken. Lutheran West will reimburse the cost of the AP exam if the student achieves a score of three or higher.


Two consecutive semesters below a 3.5 GPA will result in suspension or removal from The Honors Academy.

Graduate with a four-year cumulative GPA of 3.4 or better.

Graduation Requirement Form


Joey Rooney

Valedictorian - Class of 2011. Attending Case Western Reserve University

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