Awards for Exemplary Student Performance

Students who demonstrate academic excellence and/or outstanding achievements may be eligible for one or more of the following awards:

  1. The Governor’s Seal will be awarded to students who complete the requirements for an Advanced Studies Diploma with an average grade of “B” (GPA 3.0) or better and successfully complete at least nine transferable college credits in Advanced Placement courses and/or dual enrollment courses.
  2. Students who complete the requirements for a Standard Diploma or an Advanced Studies Diploma with an average grade of “A” (GPA 3.5) shall receive a Board of Education Seal on the diploma.
  3. The Board of Education’s Career and Technical Education Seal will be awarded to students who:
    • earn a Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma and complete a prescribed sequence of courses in a career and technical education concentration or specialization that they choose and maintain a “B” (GPA 3.0) or better average in those courses; or
    • pass an examination or an occupational competency assessment in a career and technical education concentration or specialization that confers certification or occupational competency credential from a recognized industry, trade, or professional association; or
    • acquire a professional license in that career and technical education field from the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Board of Education must approve all professional licenses and examinations used to satisfy these requirements.

  4. The Board of Education’s Seal of Advanced Mathematics and Technology will be awarded to students who earn either a Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma and satisfy all of the mathematics requirements for the Advanced Studies Diploma (4 units of credit including Algebra II; two verified units of credit) with a “B” (GPA 3.0) average or better; and accomplish one of the following three options:
    • pass an examination in a career and technical education field that confers certification from a recognized industry or trade or professional association; or
    • acquire a professional license in that career and technical education field from the Commonwealth of Virginia; or
    • pass an examination approved by the Board that confers college-level credit in a technology or computer science area. The Board of Education must approve all professional licenses and examinations used to satisfy these requirements.

  5. The Board of Education Seal for Excellence in Civics Education will be awarded to students who meet the following criteria:
    • Earn a Standard Diploma or an Advanced Studies Diploma; and
    • Complete Virginia and United States History and Virginia and United States Government course with a grade of “B” or higher; and
    • Have good attendance and no disciplinary infractions as determined by local school board policies. Good attendance is defined as having missed no more than 20 school days since initial entry into the ninth grade and no unexcused absences since initial entry into the ninth grade. Appeals regarding attendance or discipline criteria will be heard by a committee that includes the school principal, the director of student support services and the assistant superintendent for instruction; and
    • Complete 50 verified hours of voluntary participation of community service or extra curricular activities. Acceptable activities include:
      • volunteering for a charitable or religious organization that provides services to the poor, sick, or less fortunate;
      • participating in Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, or similar youth organizations;
      • participating in JROTC;
      • participating in political campaigns or government internships, or Boys State, Girls State, or Model General Assembly;
      • participating in school-sponsored extracurricular activities that have a civic focus. Any student who enlists in the United States military prior to graduation will be deemed to have met this community service requirement.