Academic Recognition

Awards Convocations

Academic achievement is honored yearly at an annual Academic Awards Assembly recognizing achievement by all students and at special evening awards convocations for undergraduates and seniors.

Honor Roll

The Honor Roll is the list of students who have achieved an Academic-Grade-Point-Average of 3.50 - 3.99.   

Honor Societies

National Honor Society and California Scholarship Federation are the only two honor societies affiliated with AMHS. AMHS pays yearly dues for our students and will purchase stoles and cords to be worn at graduation for those students who meet AMHS’s qualifications to graduate with those honors.

California Scholarship Federation

CSF membership is based on a semester 10 point academic score. To secure eligibility for CSF membership, a student must earn sufficient points from pre-approved course lists. All AMHS classes are approved.

Membership begins with the first semester sophomore grades and every semester thereafter. At the beginning of each semester, an information email with an attached application is sent to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

In order to wear a gold CSF stole at graduation students must maintain 10 points or above for any four of five semesters beginning with the first semester grades sophomore year and must include first semester senior year grades.

Gold stoles, gold diploma seals, and CSF pins are distributed before finals in May.

National Honor Society

Membership in the National Honor Society is both an honor and a responsibility. Students are expected to maintain and demonstrate the qualities of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.

NHS membership is based on the Semester Total GPA. Membership begins with the first semester junior grades and every semester thereafter. At the beginning of each semester, an information email is sent to all juniors, and seniors.

Students with a semester total GPA of 3.60 or higher are eligible for NHS membership. Eligible members should create an account on that is verified by the AMHS Adviser at the beginning of each semester.

In order to wear a gold NHS cord at graduation, students must maintain a semester total GPA of 3.60 or higher for three consecutive semesters (fall and spring junior year and first semester senior year).

Gold cords and National Honor Society Certificates are distributed before finals in May.

Principal’s Honor Roll

The Principal’s Honor Roll is the list of students who have achieved an Academic-Grade-Point-Average of 4.00 or higher.

Special Senior Awards

Academic Excellence Awards

This award is published in the graduation program listing every senior who has achieved an Academic-Grade-Point-Average of 4.0 mark-point-average or better for each of the first seven semesters at AMHS.

Archbishop Romero Award

This award recognizes a graduating senior who is deeply committed to Christian service and the Campus Ministry Program.  In addition, this award recognizes an individual who has put his or her intelligence and education at the service of the needy through a keen awareness of the need for social justice in our society and throughout the world.

Gary Braia Service Awards

The Gary Braia Service Award is presented to those members of the graduating class who demonstrate, to an exceptional degree, service to the school community.  The award means to recognize each student who demonstrates, to an exceptional degree, one or more of the following:

  • consistent assistance to school programs that goes above-and-beyond the expectations that come with a role assigned or assumed by that student
  • consistent assistance in areas less visible to the school community consistent demonstration of support for a variety of activities in which the student is not directly involved.

Regents Outstanding Student Awards

One graduating young man and one graduating young woman are awarded the Regents Award at Graduation.  The winners of this award must have demonstrated excellence in a wide range of activities at school while maintaining academic achievement and upholding the values and ideals of the school. The Board of Regents donates a financial award to the school scholarship fund in the name of each student.


The two highest academic awards for seniors at Archbishop Mitty are the valedictorian award and the salutatorian award. The Salutatorian welcomes those attending graduation and is awarded the Salutatorian Award during the graduation ceremony. The salutatorian is chosen from among those seniors who have attended Archbishop Mitty High School for a minimum of three years and who have achieved an academic grade point average in the top five percent of the senior class. The candidates for the salutatorian award are first reviewed by the Academic Council and then finally selected by the Administrative Council. The Administrative Council considers two criteria in making the final selection:

• a high level of demonstrated scholarship in junior and senior year and
• the student's demonstrated achievement of the school's graduation outcomes - a student of strong intellectual competence who is faith-filled, just, and a respectful leader.


The Valedictorian addresses the graduating class at Graduation and is awarded the Valedictory Award during the ceremony.  The Valedictorian is chosen according to specific criteria.  The Valedictorian is chosen by the Academic Council.  The Council considers the following three criteria in making the selection:

  • the student’s cumulative Academic-Grade-Point-Average
  • the student has attended Archbishop Mitty High School for a minimum of three years
  • the strength of the student’s academic schedule
  • comments attesting to the student’s scholarship by junior and senior year honors teachers who have taught the student.

In addition, the Valedictorian must have demonstrated the values and ideals of the school in class and outside of class. The Valedictorian is not chosen because he or she posts the highest mark-point-average as is the custom at some schools.