The Cum Laude Society is a prestigious academic honors organization that recognizes scholastic achievement at secondary institutions. The Society was founded in 1905 by Abram Harris, then head of the Tome School in Maryland, to provide the equivalent of collegiate Phi Beta Kappa recognition to high school students. The first schools to participate included the Phillips Academies at Exeter and Andover, Penn Charter, and other preparatory schools. Kiski’s original chapter of the Cum Laude Society was founded in 1951.
The Cum Laude Society presently has approximately 350 chapters, most of which are private or independent schools located in the United States. The Society's motto is Areté, Diké, Timé, which translates from Greek into “Excellence, Justice, Honor.” Member schools have the opportunity to nominate up to 10% of the junior class and no more than 20% of the graduating class for induction into the Society each year.