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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
Honors class
Eligibility for college scholarship
This is required for all recipients
Portfolio
This begins in 9th grade to include:
Service learning log
Personal experiences gained from service
Personal goals
Test scores (ACT, PSAT, etc.)
Grade cards
Awards
Personal projects
Letters of recommendation
Senior Project
A year long process in the senior year of high school to include –
Project
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.
Athletics/Activities
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.
Character
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.
Leadership
Obtain leadership experience in one or more areas or projects.
If you are interested in this program, schedule an appointment with the Diploma of Distinction Director, Mrs. Cook.