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The Honor Level System. A PowerPoint presentation For EDE 702 By Judy Owen. History -- Slide 3 Level One -- Slide 4 Level Two -- Slide 5 Level Three – Slide 6 Level Four -- Slide 7. 14-Day Window -- Slide 8 Progressive discipline -- Slide 9 Tracking the levels -- Slide 10

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The honor level system

The Honor Level System

A PowerPoint presentation

For EDE 702

By Judy Owen

Table of contents

History -- Slide 3

Level One -- Slide 4

Level Two -- Slide 5

Level Three – Slide


Level Four -- Slide 7

14-Day Window -- Slide 8

Progressive discipline -- Slide 9

Tracking the levels -- Slide 10

Benefits of Honor Level -- Slide 11

Table of Contents

Honor level system history
Honor Level System History

Created to meet the needs of one middle school in western Washington, the Honor Level System is now used nationwide with more than 90,000 students.

Schools use the system to track discipline. Students are assigned to one of 4 levels.

Honor level one
Honor Level One

  • Students who rarely get into trouble.


  • Must not be assigned to detention or sent totime-outat all in the last 14 calendar days. Problems on school buses and other situations involving discipline also disqualify a student from Level One.


  • Publicized activities planned by the school, such as extended lunch breaks, as well as "surprise" activities, such as free ice-cream certificates or coupons from local merchants. Usually 70% to 80% of the students will qualify for Honor Level One.

Honor level two
Honor Level Two

Students with one or two problems.

Honor Level Two students are youngsters who may have only had one or two problems in the last 14 calendar days.

Some of the extra privileges awarded Honor Level One students may also be awarded Honor Level Two students.

Typically 20% to 30% of your students qualify for Honor Level Two.

Honor level three
Honor Level Three

Students with three or more problems.

Honor Level Three students are youngsters who seem to have more difficulty staying out of trouble. They will have had three or more problems within the last 14 calendar days.

Honor Level Three students will not receive the extra privileges that the Honor Level Ones and Twos enjoy.

Often they are excluded from activities as are the Honor Level Fours, but these students might negotiate the right to participate.

Generally only about 5% or fewer of your students will be on Honor Level Three.

Honor level four
Honor Level Four

Students who consistently get into trouble at school.

Schools using the Honor Level System have reported that this group rarely exceeds 5% of the students.

Students 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.

The 14 day window
The 14-day window

When determining any Honor Level, the school only takes into account a student's discipline record for the last 14 days.

No matter how much trouble a youngster may get into, there is always a way to work back up to Honor Level One. Each day is a new day, and the Honor Level is recalculated. Problems that occurred more than 14 days ago do not affect the calculation.

Students who have fallen from Honor Level One are notified the day they make it back. And as they progress upward through the Honor Levels, they are encouraged and reminded that they are improving.

Progressive discipline
Progressive discipline

The Honor Level System employs consequences as well as rewards. The staff chooses the consequences for the school. Once again, stages (no more than 7) are used.

As a student moves from stage to stage, the disciplinary action taken by the school becomes more severe. The system provides for both forward and backward movement.

Forward movement happens when a student is cited again and again for breaking school rules. The mechanism for moving back to lower stages is time. If a student can stay out of trouble and show that there is a general change in behavior, he or she should move to lower stages of consequence.

Tracking the levels
Tracking the levels

Computers are used to track and record daily infractions. The name of the student, the type of offense, and the name of the teacher issuing the infraction, as well as the date, are recorded.

At the end of each day, the computer generates lists of students required to serve various levels of detentions. The computer automatically keeps track of each student's honor level and the date on which that student will return to Honor Level One.

Useful aspects of honor level
Useful aspects of Honor Level

  • Students are held accountable for their behavior in an equitable fashion. They not only know the rules, they also know the consequences both positive and negative.

  • It transforms discipline from a punitive system into a series of student choices.

  • It is also a fair and forgiving system which allows for differences among students while enforcing consistent standards.