Honors at Graduation

@Brea Olinda High School

Below you will find a description of all Awards or Honors acknowledged in the graduation program and on the Student Transcript.  All honors listed for graduation will be revoked if a student is academically dishonest (defined as the act of obtaining or attempting to obtain credit for work by dishonest, deceptive, fraudulent, or unauthorized means).  Collaborative work is not academic dishonesty when specifically permitted or required by a teacher.  Violations will be documented in the student’s discipline file, reflected in letters of recommendation, and result in disciplinary consequences as listed in the student planner.  Each of the following recognitions is notated on the recipient’s official transcript:  Each year, the counselors and administrators work diligently to put together exemplary senior awards and graduation ceremonies.  It is important that seniors do their part to continue the tradition of dignified programs.  Audience members who tarnish that tradition will be escorted from the ceremony. 

 

SENIOR AWARDS NIGHT

The school invites only those students who will be recognized to Senior Awards Night.  It is very important that seniors notify the school about awards and scholarships as instructed in April/May so that all eligible students are not left out of the program. 
 

BOHS GRADUATION CORDS

Graduating seniors who successfully complete 60 or more credits in one or more of the eight areas of study, will receive a colored cord representing the individual pathway(s) to wear at graduation. A minimum of 40 credits must be earned from the “Core Courses” while the remaining 20 credits may come from additional “Core Courses” or from “Supplemental Courses” as listed for each area of study. A course shall be used only once toward a cord unless it was repeatable. Cords shall be allocated based upon courses taken from 12th grade backward as well as upon earned credit, not grades. A student shall earn no more than three cords. CTE Internship credit shall be applied only to the career pathway for which the internship was associated. Courses taken at other schools may be considered towards “Core Courses” if applicable; however, honors courses (other than any AP or IB course) shall not be counted unless there is an honor equivalent at BOHS. Courses taken in the past but are no longer offered at BOHS or those that are new but not listed shall be considered towards “Core Courses” in a particular area of study if applicable. It is the responsibility of the student in their senior year to apply for the appropriate Graduation Cords.

 

BOHS COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD

Graduating seniors who complete at least 100 hours of community service during their four years of high school will receive a white cord to wear at graduation.  Forms must be submitted to the Activities Office by May 1st of the year of graduation to qualify for this honor.  Note: This is distinct from the Mayor's Youth Award which has separate paperwork. To obtain the form for the BOHS Community Service Award, click here.

 

BOHS DISTINGUISHED SCHOLARS

The Distinguished Scholar Program has two major objectives: First, we want to encourage students to pursue an academically rigorous program through four years of high school. Taking honors and Advanced Placement courses will help students “distinguish” themselves in the increasingly competitive, college market, may provide them advanced placement in college, and may open doors to scholarship opportunities. Enrollment in these course offerings may also enhance the student’s eligibility for membership in the NationalHonor Society or the California Scholarship Federation.   We want to recognize students who successfully complete this program by awarding a special medallion to be worn at graduation and recognition when the graduate’s name is announced. The Distinguished Scholar designation is based on the seventh-semester transcript. The minimum necessary for this program will increase to 110 credits of honors and AP courses with semester grades of a “C-“ or higher and at least two honors or AP courses are taken in 12th grade. Important Note: As honors and AP course offerings change, the required number of completed courses may change for this award. Designated courses can be found on the next page or online at BOHS Honors Graduation. 

BOHS HONORS GRADUATES

Graduating seniors who earn a total unweighted GPA of 3.50  or higher(with no Ds or Fs) at the end of seven semesters will be presented with a gold honors cord to wear at the graduation ceremony and recognition when the graduate’s name is announced.   Total GPAis figured based on all grades earned within the United States as acknowledged on the student’s transcript.

BOHS VALEDICTORIAN AND SALUTATORIAN 

Graduating seniors eligible for Valedictorian and Salutatorian must be designated as a Distinguished Scholar. The Valedictorian and Salutatorian will be determined by calculating the un-weighted total GPA from all academic and non-academic classes. The student with the highest GPA will be the Valedictorian and the student with the second-highest GPA will be the Salutatorian. In the case of ties, all students will receive the designation earned. Students earning this honor will receive special recognition during the ceremony and may be selected to give a speech.  

CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP FEDERATIONS(CSF) SEALBEARER

Graduating seniors who are CSF members with four semesters of membership beginning with their first semester in 10th grade and including one earned in 12th grade will receive a CSF seal on their diploma. Students are encouraged to begin their membership in the second semester of their freshman year to form the habit of signing up each and every semester in which they are eligible. (CSF statewide rules prohibit counting ninth grade membership towards seal bearer status.) Qualifications for and questions about CSF membership may be directed to the CSF Faculty Advisor.

CALIFORNIA STATE SEAL OF BILITERACY

Graduating seniors who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English will receive a special seal on their diploma based upon the following criteria:  Eligibility Criteria for a Student Whose Primary Language is English.  Each of these three academic requirements shall be fulfilled:
1. Students must have completed all English–language arts (ELA) requirements for graduation with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or above in those classes.
2. Students must have passed the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) in ELA (administered in grade eleven), or any successor test, administered in grade eleven, at or above the “standard met” achievement level, or at the achievement level determined by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) for any successor test.
3. Students must demonstrate proficiency in one or more languages other than English through one of the following methods:
a.) Pass a foreign language Advanced Placement (AP) exam, including American Sign Language, with a score of three or higher.
b.) Pass an International Baccalaureate examination with a score of four or higher.
c.) Successfully complete a four-year high school course of study in a foreign language and attain an overall grade point average of 3.0
d.) If no AP examination or off-the-shelf language test exists and the district uses its own language examination, the school district must certify to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) that the test meets the rigor of a four-year high school course of study in that foreign language.
e.) If a district offers a language examination in a language in which an AP examination or off-the-shelf examination exists, the district language examination must be approved by the SSPI.
f.) Pass the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) II foreign language exam with a score of 600 or higher.
Eligibility Criteria for a Student Whose Primary Language is Not English:
If the primary language of a student in grades nine to twelve, inclusive, is other than English, the student shall also meet the following two academic requirements
  1. Attain the level demonstrating English language proficiency on the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) or any successor English language proficiency assessment in transitional kindergarten or kindergarten through grade twelve, inclusive.
  2. Meet the academic requirements 1, 2, and 3 as stated above.
Please note:  Governor Newsome signed Senate Bill 820 on Friday, September 18, 2020, SB 820 amends EC Section 51451(d)to state. “...For pupils who are on track to graduate in 2021 and were unable to take the assessment identified in paragraph (2)of subdivision (a), the Superintendent may waive the requirement to pass that assessment.”  The assessment named in paragraph (2) of subdivision (a) is the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress(CAASPP) English Language Arts (ELA) at the “standard met” level or above.
This means that the requirement to demonstrate English proficiency by passing the CAASPP ELA at the “standard met” level or above has been waived per EC Section 51461(d) for 2021 graduates who were not administered the CAASPP ELA during the 2019-20 school year due to COVID-19 related school closures.  Therefore, 2021 graduates must demonstrate English proficiency for the State Seal of Biliteracy by completing all ELA requirements for graduation with an overall grade point average of 2.0 or above in those classes (EC Section 51461{a}[1]).
The CDE State Seal of Biliteracy FAQs web page at cde.ca.gov/sp/el/er/ssbfaq.asp has been updated to reflect the new requirements for 2021 graduates.

  

GOLDEN STATE SEAL MERIT DIPLOMA (GSSMD)

According to eligibility requirements set by the state of California, graduating seniors who demonstrate mastery of curriculum in at least six subject matter areas will receive a GSSMD seal on their diploma.  Four of the six areas include US History, English/Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science. More information about the GSSMD can be found online at the Golden State Seal Merit Diploma.

 

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY (NHS)

Graduating seniors who are NHS members will receive a distinctive NHS stole at Senior Awards Night to wear at graduation.  Qualifications for and questions about NHS membership may be directed to the NHS Faculty Advisor.
 

RHO KAPPA SOCIAL STUDIES HONOR SOCIETY

Graduating seniors who are Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society members will receive a blue/white striped cord at Senior Awards Night to wear at graduation.  Qualifications for and questions about Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society membership may be directed to the Rho Kappa Faculty Advisor. 

 

 

In order for the graduation program to be accurate,  please do your part by reviewing this listing when it is posted, noting the following:

  1. CSF Seal Bearers and BOHS Community Service Cords have yet to be determined and are not listed.
  2. Names listed below are from our student database and do not necessarily reflect the name you provided on your diploma name card. NOTE: Golden State Seal Merit Diploma and State Seal of Biliteracy will be finalized at the end of March; they are currently not included on this master sheet.

Class of 2021 Master Honors at Graduation...COMING SOON

 

Note: All honors listed above will be revoked if a student has two or more academic dishonesty violations, which are defined as the act of obtaining or attempting to obtain credit for work by dishonest, deceptive, fraudulent, or unauthorized means. Collaborative work is not academic dishonesty when specifically permitted or required by a teacher. Violations will be documented in the student’s discipline file, reflected in letters of recommendation, and result in disciplinary consequences as listed in the BOHS Code of Conduct found in the student planner or on the BOHS website.