Academics

Palma Scholars Program

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.

List of 3 items.

  • STEM+ SCHOLAR

    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 all of the following:
    1. Earn letter grades B or higher for both semesters in AP Statistics and/or AP Calculus
    2. 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
    3. 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
    4. Earn letter grades B or higher for six (6) or more semesters of the same Foreign Language
    5. Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.0
    6. Be an active member of one (1) or more of the following clubs for a total of at least three (3) semesters: Ecology, Robotics, Marine Biology, Math, Pre-Med, or Healthcare Professionals.
    The student must submit a STEM+ Scholar application by the second Friday in September of his Senior year to be considered for the diploma.
  • EXCELLENCE IN THE HUMANITIES SCHOLAR

    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 all of the following:
    1. Earn letter grades B or higher for both semesters in each of at least two (2) semesters of the following: AP European History, AP Psychology, AP Studio Art 2-D Design or Jazz Ensemble
    2. Earn letter grades B or higher for both semesters in both AP U.S. History
    3. Earn letter grades B or higher for both semesters in Economics Honors and AP U.S. Government & Politics
    4. Earn letter grades B or higher for both semesters in both AP English Language and AP English Literature
    5. Earn letter grades B or higher in six (6) or more semesters of the same Foreign Language
    6. Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.0
    7. Be an active member of one (1) or more of the following clubs/activities for a total of at least three (3) semesters: Art, Interact, Spanish, Latin, Italian, School Newspaper, Yearbook, Mock Trial, Diversity or Investors
    The student must submit an Excellence in the Humanities Scholar application by the second Friday in September of his Senior year be considered for the diploma.
     
  • CERTIFIED BILINGUAL SCHOLAR

    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 criteria for items 1 and 2 below:
     
    1. 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.

      OR

      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.

    2. Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 over the course of eight (8) semesters of Palma’s English courses.
     
    The student must submit a Certified Bilingual Scholar application by the second Friday in September of his Senior year to be considered for the diploma.
    • Motivated Chieftains have the opportunity to participate in a Scholars Program to strengthen their high school transcript.

      Motivated Chieftains have the opportunity to participate in a Scholars Program to strengthen their high school transcript.

HIGH ACHIEVEMENT

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.