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Awards For Achievement   

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The Governing Board encourages excellence as a goal for all students and wishes to publicly recognize students for exemplary achievements in academic, athletic, extracurricular, or community service activities.

(cf. 5121 - Grades/Evaluation of Student Achievement)

(cf. 5127 - Graduation Ceremonies and Activities)

(cf. 6142.4 - Service Learning/Community Service Classes)

District/School Awards

Student awards may include verbal recognition, a letter, a certificate, a Board resolution, public ceremony, trophy, gift, plaque, or cash gift.

The Superintendent or designee shall develop criteria for the appropriate selection of student award recipients.

Golden State Seal Merit Diploma

At graduation from high school, special recognition shall be awarded to those students whose academic achievements in core curriculum areas have been outstanding.

The Superintendent or designee shall identify high school students who have demonstrated mastery of the high school curriculum qualifying them for the Golden State Seal Merit Diploma. (Education Code 51454)

(cf. 6162.51 - State Academic Achievement Tests)

Biliteracy Award

In order to recognize and encourage linguistic proficiency and cultural literacy, the district shall present the State Seal of Biliteracy to each graduating high school student who attained a high level of proficiency, in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English. The Superintendent or designee shall approve applications for the award based on a review of student qualifications in accordance with district-established criteria. (Education Code 51460-51464)

(cf. 6142.2 - World/Foreign Language Instruction)

(cf. 6174 - Education for English Language Learners)

In order to affirm the value of bilingualism and encourage students' enrollment in world language programs, the Superintendent or designee may present awards at appropriate grade levels to recognize the pursuit and/or attainment of grade-level proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English.

Legal Reference:


220 Nondiscrimination

35160 Authority of governing boards

35310-35319 Scholarship and loan funds

44015 Awards to employees and students

51243-51245 Credit for private school foreign language instruction

51450-51455 Golden State Seal Merit Diploma

52164.1 Assessment of English language skills of English learners


876 Golden State Seal Merit Diploma

1632 Credit for private school foreign language instruction

11510-11516 California English Language Development Test

Management Resources:


CSBA: http://www

California Department of Education: http://www">">">http://www">

Californians Together:


adopted: February 13, 2014 Santa Clara, California

revised: April 23, 2015