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Policies and Regulations

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Policy 5-29


Awards for Achievement

A. Generally

The School Board approves of awards for students who achieve high academic standing, outstanding citizenship, physical expertise and other characteristics that contribute to good citizenship. The School Board, however, does not approve of giving awards to students where the basic purpose is obviously commercialism. Awards donated by nonschool agencies which are recognized nationally and approved by the Board may be awarded to students at appropriate ceremonies and times.

B. Honor Rolls

Students should be encouraged to reach their maximum potential in academic programs. Students who do outstanding work shall be recognized through an honor roll system.

C. Awards for Exemplary Performance

1. Students who complete the requirements for a Standard Diploma or Advanced Studies Diploma with a grade average of 4.0 or better in the required courses will receive a Board of Education seal on the diploma.

2. Students who complete the requirements for an Advanced Studies Diploma with a grade point average of 3.0 or better and successfully complete at least one advanced placement course (AP) or one college-level course for credit will receive a Governor's seal on the diploma.

3. Students may receive other seals or awards for exceptional academic, vocational, citizenship, or other exemplary performance in accordance with criteria defined by the School Board or the Board of Education of Virginia.

D. Valedictorian(s)/Salutatorian(s)

To be eligible as or valedictorian(s)/salutatorian(s) students must complete the last four (4) consecutive semesters in the high school.

Board of Education Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia, § VAC 20-131-10 et seq.

Adopted by School Board:                October 21, 1969
Amended by School Board:              February 16, 1971
Amended by School Board:              August 21, 1990
Amended by School Board:              July 16, 1991
Amended by School Board:              June 15, 1993 (Effective August 14, 1993)
Amended by School Board:              October 6, 1998
Amended by School Board:              April 20, 2010