Along with the already academically rigorous graduation requirements, the following requirements must be met in order to be awarded the Diploma of Distinction:
Service hours –
Students who are working toward the Diploma of Distinction are required to obtain 20 hours of service each school year.
Accelerated Studies –
Students will be required to have at least two of the following types of classes-
PSEO (JICHS and College)
AP class, including taking the AP test
Eligibility for college scholarship –
This is required for all recipients
This begins in 9th grade to include:
Service learning log
Personal experiences gained from service
Test scores (ACT, PSAT, etc.)
Letters of recommendation
Senior Project –
A year long process in the senior year of high school to include –
Presentation of project
Research paper about the project
Examples include recording a CD, redecorating a room, a service project for a community agency, or choreographing a dance.
Throughout the 9 – 12 grades, participation in at least one athletic program and one activity, or two activities in which one includes service, such as a club or organization at school that includes service hours. These hours can be applied to the required 20 hours each year.
Each year, have two letters of recommendation highlighting character qualities. Letters should be written by teachers who have taught the student or by their advisor.
Obtain leadership experience in one or more areas or projects.