The Honors Diploma at Christ the King is awarded to students who enjoy academic excellence and desire intellectual growth. It is an independent endeavor that challenges students to pursue original and creative research while establishing meaningful mentoring relationships with faculty and professionals in the community. Honors Diploma Requirements A student shall earn the distinction of ‘Crusader Honor Graduate’ if he or she achieves all four of the following:
1. A weighted GPA of a minimum of 3.75
2. Extraordinary Independent Initiative in two courses at the Honors or AP-level
3. Completion of four Advanced Placement courses
4. Successful completion of the CTK Horizon Research Project
The goal of the Horizon Project is for the participating student to better understand his or her faith, deepen the exploration of a particular academic interest, and engage in service to others. In other words, an extension of CTK's mission to challenge students to "believe sincerely, think critically, and serve others in the name of Christ the King."
The Horizon Project involves the exploration of a topic chosen by the student. In keeping with CTK's twin pillars of faith and reason, the question should be one with gravitas (seriousness). As Pope John Paul II instructed in Fides et Ratio, knowledge and discernment about knowledge lead us toward truth. The closer we come to truth, the more we know about ourselves and our world, and the greater our chance of becoming fully human.
The Horizon Project is required for Honors Diploma candidates and optional for the rest of the student body. Work on the project begins during Junior year and includes at least 100 hours dedicated to the selected area of interest, divided among research, service, apprenticeship, written reflection, website creation, and presentation preparation. Students work with a faculty mentor and present their project to a committee that includes CTK faculty members and external community members. A major component of the project is a website created by the student with their findings.