The information on this page has been updated for the 2020-21 school year. Please see the 2019-20 Valley and Valley Southwoods course description catalogs if needed.

Academic Letter

Students must carry at least five and one-half (5.5) credits for letter grades and maintain a 3.4 GPA for two consecutive semesters in the same year to qualify for an Academic Letter. A student electing to take a class Pass/No Pass should note that the class does not count as a letter grade/credit when determining whether a student qualifies for the Academic Letter.

Academic Award Ceremony

Annually in October, an academic recognition ceremony will take place at Valley High School. Students who meet the criteria for the award during their freshman, sophomore, or junior years will receive an invitation to attend the ceremony. While students will receive a postcard invitation, parents and guardians can verify whether or not their student has received the award by checking the student’s schedule on Infinite Campus. It will be listed at the bottom of the student’s schedule.

What do students receive?

Students earning the Academic Award for the first time will receive a chenille letter “V” with the word “Academics” embroidered across a white banner. Students earning the Academic Award for a second or third year will receive a gold bar for each year to pin to their letter. While students are eligible to qualify for the award each of their years at Valley, students will typically only receive a physical award for their freshman through junior year accomplishments. (Graduates who earned the award during their senior year will not be invited to the ceremony, but may contact Valley to pick up the awarded letter or bar.)

Do we need to alert someone if my student will attend the ceremony?

During the school day on the day of the event, students receiving the award will be invited by class to attend a meeting in the cafeteria. At the meeting they will announce their intention to attend the event, and will be given instructions for the evening.

Does my student have to attend the ceremony to receive his/her award?

No. While the ceremony is a great way to celebrate their accomplishments, we recognize not all students will be able to attend. Students are welcome to come to Student Services the day after the ceremony to pick up their award. There is no deadline to pick up the award.