Valley Honors Diploma Program

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.

Students who earn a 3.5 GPA and successfully complete the following courses at Valley Southwoods are eligible for participation in the Honors Diploma Program at Valley High School.

  • Biology
  • AP Human Geography
  • Geometry C
  • Literature and Composition
  • World Language

Successful completion of the following classes at Valley, including senior exhibition, will result in the Valley High School Honors Designation on the Valley diploma at graduation. Up to 5 elective credits may be transferred in from other institutions if the courses are not offered at Valley High School. To meet the Honors Designation World Language requirement, students must have successfully completed a minimum of four years in the same language. Students must receive a letter grade in all required classes. The application process is enrollment in the Honors Diploma Track. A minimum GPA of 3.9 is required to graduate with an Honors Diploma. The requirements are as follows:

10th Grade

  • AP European History (DMACC course = World Civilizations: Ancient to Early Modern and Western Civilization: Early Modern to Present; 8 credits) or AP World History
  • AP Chemistry (DMACC course = General Inorganic Chemistry I & II; 8 credits) or
    AP Biology (DMACC course = Biology I & II; 8 credits) or
    AP Physics (may take science classes in any order)
  • Advanced Composition and Advanced Contemporary Literature or World Literature
  • Algebra II and Trigonometry C
  • World Language (will continue in same language all 4 years)
  • PE/Sophomore Seminar
  • Elective
  • Elective

11th Grade

  • AP U.S. History (DMACC course = U.S. History to 1877 & U.S. History 1877 to Present; 8 credits)
  • AP Literature and Composition (DMACC course = Introduction to Literature and Contemporary Literature; 6 credits) or
    AP Language and Composition (DMACC course = Composition I & II; 6 credits)
  • AP Chemistry (DMACC course = General Inorganic Chemistry I & II; 8 credits) or
    AP Biology (DMACC course = Biology I & II; 8 credits) or
  • AP Physics (may take science classes in any order)
  • AP Calculus AB (DMACC course = Calculus I; 5 credits)
  • World Language (will continue in same language all 4 years)
  • PE/Junior Seminar 
  • Elective
  • Elective

12th Grade

  • AP U.S. Government and Politics (DMACC course = American National Government; 3 credits) and
    AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Language and Composition (DMACC course = Composition I & II; 6 credits) 
  • AP Literature and Composition (DMACC course = Introduction to Literature and Contemporary Literature; 6 credits)
  • AP Chemistry (DMACC course = General Inorganic Chemistry I & II; 8 credits) or AP Biology (DMACC course = Biology I & II; 8 credits) or
    AP Physics (may take science classes in any order)
  • AP Calculus BC (DMACC course = Calculus II; 5 credits) or
    AP Statistics (DMACC course = Statistics; 4 credits) 
  • World Language (will continue in same language all 4 years)
  • PE/Senior Seminar with Senior Exhibition
  • Elective
  • Elective

Sophomore, junior, and senior seminars will be an opportunity for students to explore their areas of interest, reflect on their talents/skills, shadow adults in different career pathways, and create a thoughtful plan for the next three to five years to enable them to implement an in-depth project including their “area of concentration.” (This area of concentration can change at any time. It does not lock students into anything, but it provides them with focus or vision and “an end in mind.”)