Superintendent's Diploma of Distinction

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How will the Superintendent's Diploma of Distinction students be recognized?
    Superintendent's Diploma of Distinction students will be recognized during the graduation ceremony and will receive a special diploma seal. Individual schools may offer additional recognition.

  • How do students benefit?
    Students benefit by: • earning college credit, advanced standing, or both • demonstrating to colleges and universities an ability to succeed in rigorous academics • saving money on college tuition, even graduating early from college • taking the kind of course they will face in college • increasing self-esteem by working to potential • improving their chances of completing their college degrees, maintaining a higher grade point average, and graduating with honors • earning credits that enable them to pursue a double major, study or travel abroad, or undertake a combined bachelor’s and master’s program.

  • How will colleges and universities know that a student is enrolled in the Superintendent's Diploma of Distinction Program?
    The Superintendent's Diploma of Distinction carries a differentiated diploma status that will be indicated on the student transcript and the school profile.

  • How do AP courses impact the GPA?
    Students who successfully complete an AP course will receive an additional 1.0 weighting.

  • Can students who are not enrolled in the Superintendent's Diploma of Distinction Program take AP courses?
    Yes, all qualified high school students are encouraged to enroll in honors and Advanced Placement courses regardless of their diploma option.

  • In what subjects are AP courses available?
    The College Board has developed 34 AP courses and exams in art, computer science, English, foreign language, mathematics, music, science, and social studies. [ Look at Criteria Page]

  • How can students prepare for academic success?
    Students can prepare by: • enrolling in a rigorous program of studies • participating in academic clubs and fairs • reading books and articles on topics of interest • visiting museums, attending plays, concerts, and other cultural events • exploring career options by interviewing professionals in fields of interest • forming a students study group • visiting a college campus

  • How can a student apply for the Superintendent's Diploma of Distinction Program?
    Contact the student's guidance counselor to discuss the program and receive copies of the application forms.