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Award of Merit

The Award of Merit is a certificate awarded by the State Board of Education. The student who meets the following criteria will receive this special award upon completion of his/her school program.

A. For the College Prep Curriculum, the following are the minimum requirements:


  1. English ‑ 4 units (may include 1 unit of fundamentals of speech)




  1. Mathematics ‑ 3 units (must include elements of algebra and geometry)




  1. Science ‑ 3 units (must include 2 units from among biology, chemistry, and physics.)




  1. Social Studies ‑ 3 units (must include 2 units of history and 1/2 unit of civics or government)




  1. Global Language ‑ 3 units (must include no less than 2 units of any language for which credit is sought, i.e. 3 units of one language or 2 units each of two languages.)




  1. Complete two units from one or more of the following, or two additional units from one or more of the areas listed in 1‑5 above:




  1. Business

  2. Information Technology

  3. Visual or Performing Arts



  1. For the Tech Prep Curriculum, the following are the minimum requirements:




  1. Complete a tech prep occupational preparation program.




  1. Complete the following curriculum requirements:




  1. English ‑ 4 units

  2. Mathematics ‑ 3 units

  3. Science ‑ 2 units

  4. Social Studies ‑ 3 units




  1. Complete two units from one or more of the following, or two additional units from one or more of the areas listed in 2 above:




  1. Business

  2. Information Technology

  3. Global Language

  4. Visual or Performing Arts

C. For both the College Prep student and the Tech Prep student, performance criteria must also be met.




  1. Maintain above average attendance for grade nine through twelve as compared to a four‑year state average.




  1. Demonstrate outstanding achievement in the curriculum as evidenced by one of the following: earning the equivalent of an overall grade point average of 3.25 on a four point scale for grades nine through twelve; earning the equivalent of an overall grade point average of 3.5 on a four point scale for grades eleven and twelve; or ranking in the top 25 percent of the class, whichever is more inclusive.




  1. Participation in co‑curricular, extra-curricular or community activities in accordance with procedures established by the district board of education.

4. Demonstrate outstanding citizenship/character traits as demonstrated by having never been expelled or suspended more than 10 days.


Note: These guidelines are established by the State Board of Education each spring.
President’s Award for Educational Excellence
The President's Education Awards Program, established by the U.S. Department of Education, recognizes and honors outstanding educational achievement. As the nation strives to achieve the eight National Education Goals, and to provide a world‑class education for every child, schools need to encourage all students to aspire to the highest educational standards. The President's Education Awards Program rewards students for their academic effort and success.
To be eligible for the President's Award for Educational Excellence the student must meet the following criteria:
1. 3.5 GPA or above.

2. Achieve an 85 percentile or higher score in math or reading on a standardized achievement test.



Academic Letter

Students who have attained a 4.0 for each semester average will earn an Academic Letter.

High Honor Roll, Honor Roll and Merit Roll
High Honor Roll will be awarded when a student earns a GPA of 4.0 or above for a nine‑week grading period.
Honor Roll status is awarded when a student earns a grade point average of 3.5 to 3.99 for a nine‑week grading period.
Merit Roll status is awarded when a student earns a grade point average of 3.00 to 3.49 for a nine‑week grading period.
All classes’ grade point averages are used to determine the appropriate roll.

Outstanding Student Award

Every course in all disciplines has an outstanding student award based on performance in that particular course. These awards are presented at the end of the each school year. Each outstanding student is awarded a plaque recognizing the accomplishment.


National Honor Society

Being selected to the National Honor Society (NHS) is certainly one of the highest honors that can be achieved by a high school student. NHS is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who demonstrate excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character. Eligibility for membership is limited to juniors and seniors with GPA’s of 3.500 or greater along with other specific criteria indicative of leadership, service, and character. A faculty consisting of 5 anonymous staff members will evaluate and discuss the applicants in order to make a final recommendation as to who will be selected for the National Honor Society.




Local Scholarships

Each year school and community organizations award scholarships to deserving Aurora High School graduates. The process begins in April when seniors can obtain applications in the Guidance Office. More than twenty (20) different groups announce their scholarship recipients at the annual Academic Awards program in May.





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