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.
The Honor Roll is the list of students who have achieved an Academic-Grade-Point-Average of 3.50 - 3.99.
National Honor Society and California Scholarship Federation are nationally recognized scholarship organizations. Membership is based on strength of schedule and GPA as well as service and is regarded highly by colleges and universities.
Students with an academic semester (non-cumulative) GPA of 3.6 or higher are invited to join CSF at the end of their freshman year. Announcements are made notifying them when to sign up, but notices are not sent to individuals. Lists of second semester freshmen, sophomores and juniors are posted outside of Mrs. Falcone’s office in the library at the end of each semester. Members must sign these lists every semester or forfeit their membership for that semester. If a student’s GPA falls below 3.6, they forfeit membership for the following semester but can join again if they raise their GPA back up to 3.6 or higher. In order to wear a gold CSF stole at graduation students must retain membership with their GPA and service for five consecutive semesters: fall and spring sophomore year, fall and spring junior year and first semester senior year.
Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher are invited into NHS at the end of sophomore year for membership fall semester of their junior year. Those students must sign the CSF list outside of Mrs. Falcone’s office and they will be added to the NHS roster. NHS requires members to fulfill the service requirement as described above. Unlike CSF, if a student’s GPA falls below a cumulative academic 3.6 they are no longer eligible for membership, nor can they regain their standing. In order to wear a gold NHS cord at graduation students must retain membership with their cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher and service for three consecutive semesters: fall and spring junior year and first semester senior year.
The Principal’s Honor Roll is the list of students who have achieved an Academic-Grade-Point-Average of 4.00 or higher.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.