The Academic Award Program was started in 1988 to give recognition to students achieving academic excellence; much in the same way an athlete earns a letter for athletic performance on a varsity team. This program continues to support academic achievement while maintaining the integrity of earning an Academic Letter.
For an Academic Letter, cumulative grade point averages will be checked each year at the end of the fall semester, beginning with the sophomore year. After a student has completed three semesters at AAHS and has had a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater he/she is eligible to receive an Academic Letter. An "academic bar" is awarded for each successive grade check of 3.5 or greater.
Freshmen are not eligible to earn an academic letter because it requires 3 semesters to earn a letter.
Sophomores will be awarded an Academic Letter if they have earned a 3.5 cumulative GPA average or better for three semesters.
Juniors who have not earned their letter, will be eligible if they have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 by the end of the first semester of their Junior year.
Seniors who have not earned their letter, will be eligible if they have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 by the end of their first semester of their Senior year.
Transfer Students are eligible to earn their academic letter after 3 semesters at AAHS.
Once a student has earned an Academic Letter:
Academic Bars (a gold bar to attach to an Academic Letter) - one bar will be awarded per student per year for maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher (spring/fall semester equals one year).
Lamps of Learning (a gold lamp to attach to the Academic Letter) - one lamp will be given as an additional award to the students. A lamp is earned for each semester that the student has earned a 4.0 GPA or higher. (This is a GPA for each semester not for their cumulative GPA).
Effective 2006-2007 school year, transfer students who have earned a letter may purchase "lamps and bars" that have been earned while at schools attended prior to coming to AAHS.