©Copyright 2008, Budd Churchward
The Honor Levels are heart of The Honor Level System. They are one of the tools we use to help students understand that we value their good behavior. Through the Honor Levels you define the privileges and restrictions that students have based on their current behavor. We use a range of demerits to determine a student's Honor Level. Use the site editor to make your own settings. Generally schools define the levels like this:
|HL 1||0 demerits|
|HL 2||1-10 demerits|
|HL 3||11-20 demerits|
|HL 4||21 or more demerits|
Here is an overview of how schools typically define their own Honor Levels.
The school plans special privileges and activities for students on Honor Level One. These may include well publicized events, such as recreational periods, extended lunch time breaks, etc. It is also recommended that a school include some “spontaneous” or “surprise” activities. These might include free ice-cream certificates, coupons from local merchants for free beverages when they attend a movie or buy a hamburger, etc.
The Honor Level System makes a distinction between Awards and Rewards that is important. They are not the same.
Usually 70% to 80% of the students will qualify for Honor Level One.
Typically 20% to 30% of your students qualify for Honor Level Two.
Generally only about 5% or fewer of your students will be on Honor Level Three.
Youngsters on Honor Level Four usually do not participate in any of the extra activities that the other students enjoy. For example, one school asks them to sit in a study hall during school assemblies and makes them ineligible to attend dances or athletic events. They do not negotiate as do the threes.