School Profile

LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL
412 E Highland Avenue, Saint Joseph, MO, 64505
Phone: 816.671.4220 - Fax: 816.671.4440
www.sjsd.k12.mo.us/lafayette
SCHOOL PROFILE
PRINCIPAL
Dr. Ashly McGinnis
ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS
Mr. Bart Hardy
Mr. Paul Woolard
COUNSELORS
Ms. Sam Davis-Dept. Chair
Mrs. Renee Green (Virtual Academy)
Ms. Emily Sumner
COLLEGE and CAREER ADVISOR
Ms. Diane Guthery
ACTIVITIES DIRECTOR
Mr. Corey Gilpin
SOCIAL WORKER
Ms. Ann McClintick
MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of Lafayette High School is to set the pace for excellence by creating a positive learning environment and developing responsible life-long learners.
SCHOOL INFORMATION
Lafayette High School was dedicated November 3, 1917. It is one of three public high schools in the St. Joseph School district. There are currently 3 administrators, 1 Activities/Athletic Director, 3 Counselors, 1 Social worker, 1 College and Career advisor, 61 faculty members and 30 support staff members.

Students enrolled: 716 Dual Credit Courses offered: 10 HSB Courses offered: 4
Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:23 AP Courses offered: 9 PLTW Engineering offered: 4
Graduation Rate: 93.14 PLTW Science Courses offered: 4

IRISH PRIDE
Lafayette was recognized by U.S. News and Report as one of America's Best High Schools in 2010. Lafayette currently has 48 teachers with either a Masters, Specialist, or Doctoral Degree. At the current time, Lafayette has 17 alumni that have returned to work at Lafayette High School.
SCHOLASTIC RECOGNITION
Lampion Scholastic Honor Society
Top 10% of Graduating Class - Inducted in the spring

Pins/Certificates
Students with 3.0-3.49 Unweighted GPA (1st Semester of previous year): Certificate
Students with 3.5 or better Unweighted GPA (1st semester of previous year): Pin

First Year Pin: Bronze Third Year Pin: Gold
Second Year Pin: Silver Fourth Year Pin: Green

DISTRICT INFORMATION


Schools

Cert Staff

Residents

Non-Res

Total

Elementary Schools

16

511

6,023

0

6,023

Middle Schools

4

177

1,728

0

1,728

High Schools

3

245

3,171

18

3,189

Alternative Schools

1





Total

24

933

10,922

18

10,940

The St. Joseph School District has AAA accreditation, the highest recognition awarded by the Missouri Department of Education.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Language Arts

4 credits

Practical Arts

1 credit

Social Studies

3 credits

Practical Arts

1 credit

Math

3 credits

Fine Arts

1 credit

Science

3 credits

Personal Finance

½ credit

Physical Ed/Health

1 PE; ½ Health

Electives

7.5 credits


Or 2 years JROTC


Total 24.5 credits

GRADING SYSTEM & RECOGNITION GUIDELINES


%

Unwtd

Wtd

Ap/DC


%

Unwtd

Wtd

Ap/DC

A

94-100

4.0

4.5

5.0

C

73-76

2.0

2.5

3.0

A-

90-93

3.75

4.25

4.75

C-

70-72

1.75

2.25

2.75

B+

87-89

3.25

3.75

4.25

D+

67-69

1.25

1.25*


B

83-86

3.0

3.5

4.0

D

63-66

1.0

1.0*


B-

80-82

2.75

3.25

3.75

D-

60-62

.75

.75*


C+

77-79

2.25

2.75

3.25






  1. All full-credit courses which carry 0.5 unit of credit for one semester will count in the GPA computation.
  2. A student's semester GPA will be derived by dividing total points earned in classes by the total number of full-credit courses in which the student was enrolled during the semester.
  3. Total points for the semester are obtained by adding the number of base points earned by the student during the semester.
  4. The cumulative GPA after any semester will be obtained by adding the total number of points earned in each of the previous semesters, including the semester just completed, and dividing the total number of full credit semester courses through the completing of the most recent semester. The maximum possible unweighted GPA at any time is 4.00.
  5. Class rank is based on a student's weighted GPA and assigned ordinarily for example, if two students are tied for the number 1 position; the next highest GPA is given the rank of number 3.
  6. Students in grades 9-12 may receive weighted credit in a maximum of 4 classes
  7. Top ten scholars, valedictorian, and salutatorian will not be named after the class of 2020.The Latin Honors Recognition (see page 11) will be implemented beginning with the class of 2018.
  8. To be recognized as the valedictorian or salutatorian, a student must have attended the school the last four semesters. This student must have completed the maximum number of credits offered by their school each year and have a class rank and GPA based on a weighted scale. In case of a tie for valedictorian, the school will not name a salutatorian. Please note, top ten scholar recognition will use the valedictorian and salutatorian selection criteria.

CUM LAUDE HONORS SYSTEM (Grades 9-12)
The honors system below will be implemented in addition to current practices with the classes of 2018, 2019, 2020 with a valedictorian and salutatorian. Full implementation of this system will occur with the class of 2021. A valedictorian and salutatorian will not be named after the class of 2020.

Summa Cum Laude

Magna Cum Laude

Cum Laude

4.2 or higher GPA

4.0-4.19 GPA

3.7-3.99 GPA

ACT of 28 or higher

ACT between 26-27

ACT between 22-25

95% attendance

95% attendance

95% attendance

5 AP/DC/IB credits

4 AP/DC/IB credits

3 AP/DC/IB credits

4 extra/co-curricular activities

3 extra/co-curricular activities

2 extra/co-curricular activities

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