Awards & Recognitions

AP Scholars
The AP Program recognizes high school students who have demonstrated outstanding college-level achievement through their performance on AP Exams. The table below shows the different types of awards that are designated by the College Board.

Award: AP Scholar
Criteria: Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.

Award: AP Scholar with Honor
Criteria: Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.

Award: AP Scholar with Distinction
Criteria: Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.
National Merit

Award: National AP Scholar
Criteria: Granted to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.



National Merit

Each October our Juniors participate in the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.  The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)—which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements. For additional information, see https://www.nationalmerit.org



Duke TIP
Duke TIP Talent Search
Each school year our qualifying 7th grade students are recommended for the Duke TIP’s 7th Grade Talent Search.  This helps academically talented students identify their strengths, develop their abilities and interests, and celebrate their achievements at a crucial time when they are forming their identities and looking ahead to the future. Participants learn about their strengths with an above-level test (either the ACT or SAT) and receive benefits like specialized publications and resources, educational guidance, recognition of their abilities, and academic challenges. Enrolling in the 7th Grade Talent Search is also the first step to attending TIP’s renowned online and face-to-face educational programs.  Learn more at http://tip.duke.edu



Honor Graduates
Any graduating student who earned the distinguished level of achievement under the foundation high school program and whose grade average is 94.0 or above shall be listed in the graduation program with the following honor titles:

  1. Summa cum laude—98.0–100+
  2. Magna cum laude—96.0–97.9
  3. Cum laude—94.0–95.9, or among the top ten percent.

Only the honor titles shall be printed, not the numerical or percentage values.

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