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Awards & Recogntion



Recognizing student achievement is very important to us. We insist on building a culture formed around the Core Values, or the GILLS of our school. Students will be recognized quarterly in front of their grade levels. The award recognitions will be scheduled in the beginning of the year, and parents of individual students will be notified of an upcoming award in the event that they would like to attend.

AP(P)EX AWARD (Achievement in Process & Product Excellence):

AP(P)EX is the highest award a student can earn for 8th Grade Promotion. It is a true Designers Award and is largely independent for students to earn. It is open to all 8th Grade students. Learn more about this exciting opporuniuty: CLICK HERE

8th Grade Promotions Awards:

  • Valedictorian(s) - Highest overall middle school GPA
  • Salutatorian(s) - 2nd highest overall middle school GPA
  • Shark of the Year
  • Shredder the Shark Award
  • AP(P)EX Award
  • GILLS Awards

Semester Awards will recognize:

GILLS Awards:

"G " - "Grit" to persevere. We never give up.

"I" - "Innovating" through design. We create solutions.

"L" - "Learning" about empathy. We seek to understand the viewpoints of others.

"L " - "Leading" with integrity. We make a positive impact.

"S" - "Sparking" creativity. We honor imagination.

Academic Awards:

4.0 GPA and 3.5 GPA


We have never given awards for attendance (even before the Pandemic). We believe if you are sick, you need to stay home and get well!