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Academic Honor Designations

State Seal of Civic Engagement

CivicEngag.JPG   In a constitutional democracy, productive civic engagement requires knowledge of the history,    principles, and foundations of our American democracy, and the ability to participate in civic       and democratic processes. People demonstrate civic engagement when they address public   problems individually and collaboratively and when they maintain, strengthen, and improve   communities and societies.

CSF - California Scholarship Federation

CSF-sealCSF recognizes students for high academic accomplishment, citizenship, and community service.  Students in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades must apply for membership at the beginning of each trimester, using their grades from the previous trimester to qualify. Students achieving membership for six trimesters (at least one trimester with senior grades) graduate as Life Members.  Students achieving membership for all eligible trimesters (10th grade through 12th grade) graduate as 100% Members. Senior members are eligible to apply for scholarships from the MCHS CSF Chapter.  Contact:


 NHS - National Honor Society

National Honor Society(NHS) membership is granted only to those students selected by the Faculty Council. In addition to a qualifying Grade Point Average of 4.00 (weighted) or 3.80 (unweighted) applicants must satisfy requirements for Leadership, Service and Character in and outside the classroom.


National Merit Scholarship Program

CollegeBoard PSATStudents qualify for this program through excellent performance on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) in the 11th Grade.
PSAT testing takes place in October (see school calendar) and is given during the school day.  Poway Unified provides the test at no charge to all 10th grade students. 9th and 11th grade students can register and pay for the test at the school finance office. Look for information during registration each year.  Taking the test gives students access to a vast array of tools from College Board that students and families find useful.

Biliteracy Seal

Seal of BiliteracyBiliteracy and multiculturalism is an asset in this increasingly global age. All students should have the opportunity to read, write, and speak in two or more languages. In recognition of this achievement, the California State Seal of Biliteracy is awarded upon attainment of a high level of proficiency in two or more languages. The California State Seal of Biliteracy highlights individuals with multilingual and multicultural competence to potential employers, and provides universities with a method of identifying and awarding
                                        credit to applicants with high levels of proficiency in a second language. CLICK HERE



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