Successful completion of a Scholar Program will garner a seal on the recipient’s diploma and he will be recognized for this achievement during the graduation ceremony.
Three scholar programs allow a qualifying candidate additional vehicles to showcase his mastery of a rigorous curriculum. They are distinctions beyond the already high achievement that embodies a Palma High School diploma. Collegiate guidance counselor input and review has been solicited to preserve the merit of each program. Once a student expresses interest in a program, his participation and progress will be monitored by the Palma Guidance Department with oversight by the Academic Vice Principal.
In the fall of the student’s Senior year a special transcript that reflects this ancillary evidence of academic achievement will be sent to colleges indicating the student will receive a Scholar diploma upon the successful completion of his coursework, or in the case of the Certified Bilingual Scholar, having earned a passing grade on a qualifying examination.
The Scholar will receive a seal on his diploma that distinguishes him as a program Scholar and will be recognized as such during the graduation ceremony. Additional scholar program diploma recipient recognition opportunities are currently under review.
The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Scholar program is designed for students whose academic proficiencies in these disciplines warrant extraordinary recognition. To be awarded a STEM Scholar diploma, a student must complete either of the following:
Earn letter grades B or higher for both semesters in AP Statistics and/or AP Calculus
Earn letter grades B or higher for both semesters in Java Programming Honors, CAD: Computer-Assisted Design, Introduction to Engineering, or AP Computer Science Principles
Earn letter grades B or higher for both semesters in each of at least two (2) of the following: AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics I and/or AP Physics II
Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.0
Pass three (3) AP Exams in the AP courses listed above, with at least one being a math course and another a science course, with a score of three (3) or higher by the spring of his junior year
Earn letter grades A- or higher for both semesters in Java Programming Honors, CAD: Computer-Assisted Design, Introduction to Engineering, or AP Computer Science Principles
The student must submit a STEM Scholar application by a designated date during the first quarter of his senior year to be considered for the distinction.
The Excellence in the Humanities Scholar program is designed to recognize students with exceptional proficiency in the liberal arts. To be awarded an Excellence in the Humanities diploma, a student must complete either of the following:
Letter grades of A- or higher for both semesters in at least one (1) of the following: AP European History,
AP Psychology, AP Studio Art 2-D Design, Jazz Ensemble, Advanced Senior Theology, Speech/Creative Writing, or other approved humanities elective course.
Letter grades of A- or higher for both semesters of all of the following: AP World History, AP US History, Economics Honors/AP US Government, AP English Language, AP English Literature.
Pass four (4) AP Exams in the courses listed above with a score of three (3) or higher by the spring of his junior year.
The student must submit an Excellence in the Humanities Scholar application by a designated date during the first quarter of his senior year to be considered for the diploma.
The Certified Bilingual Scholar program recognizes extraordinary proficiency in speaking, reading and understanding a foreign language. To be awarded a Certified Bilingual Scholar diploma, a student will have successfully met the following criteria:
Pass the AP Exam for the desired Foreign Language with a score of 3 or higher in the spring of his Sophomore or Junior year or achieve a score of 650 or higher on the SAT subject exam for that language.
Earn a letter grade B or higher in each of six (6) semesters of the same Foreign Language and be enrolled in the AP or level IV Honors course for that language as a Senior.
Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.0 over the course of eight (8) semesters of high school.
The student must submit a Certified Bilingual Scholar application by a designated date during the first quarter of his senior year to be considered for the distinction.
Competition for acceptance to the most prestigious colleges grows stronger every year. The Scholars Program provides a pathway to greater recognition for those who wish to participate.
Palma is a private, college-preparatory school for boys in grades 7 through 12 owned and operated by the Christian Brothers Institute of California. Palma School is dedicated to providing young men an excellent education in a Roman Catholic environment that embraces the Essential Elements of an Edmund Rice Christian Brother Education and challenges each individual to develop spiritually, intellectually, morally, physically, and socially.