Last modified: January 15, 2021
Requirements for Academic Letter
Each student must meet the requirements of the individual department listed below in order to receive an Academic Letter
Department Requirements For Academic Letters
Each department has set out criteria to recognize exceptional work in the subject area. Students that complete the following requirements in any one or more academic areas will be recognized at the Senior Awards Assembly. Please contact a teacher in the subject area if you have specific questions.
- Maintain a 3.7 in their art classes or classes.
- Exhibit art work in 2 or more shows during any given year.
- Be helpful to other art students.
- Be a member of the Art Club.
- Render art talent in serving the school or community (posters, dances, programs, school spirit, etc.)
- Exhibit self-motivation, good citizenship, and willingness to learn.
- Maintain at least a 3.5 GPA in all dance classes.
- Have an overall GPA of 2.7 or higher.
- BE a member of Timpview’s Ballroom Team for one full school year.
- Compete in at least two individual competitions during the school year.
- Perform with the team in concert.
- Choreograph and perform a routine for individual competition or concert.
- No unexcused absences for all ballroom practices and classes.
- Complete a Business or Marketing Pathway.
- Earn at least a 3.7 GPA in business classes.
- Participate in FBLA or DECA and compete on a region or state level with either organization.
- Complete an Information Technology Career Pathway.
- Maintain at least 3.7 GPA in computer technology classes.
- Participate in at least one computer competition or festival or serve the school through computer technology skills.
- Maintain an A in dance classes.
- Complete at least 3 semesters of dance at Timpview High School.
- Exhibit talent in 2 or more concerts/shows during a given year.
- Be a member of, or an understudy to, the performing Timpview Dance Company for at least a full year.
- Be helpful to other dance students.
- Render dance talent in serving the school or community.
- Exhibit self-motivation, good citizenship, upstanding behavior, and a willingness to learn.
Earn a 3.7 GPA in English classes and do any 2 of the following:
- Publish writing (include copy of published writing and name publication with application).
- Attend summer workshops (include proof of attendance).
- Participate in the Name that Book competition with advisor’s signature.
- Participate consistently for two years in Book Club or Creative Writing Club with advisor’s signature.
- Take AP English Literature, AP English Language, or CP English with a recommendation from the teacher.
- Participate in an internship or work experience related to language arts (include name of company, skills used, date of experience, and signature of supervisor).
- Complete a ninth semester class (one semester beyond the 8 semesters required) in English related subject with a 3.7 GPA; i.e. debate, advanced drama, journalism, or yearbook.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
English as a Second Language (available to students who are, or were, listed as an English Learner on Provo District database)
- Maintain a B (3.0) overall grade point average.
- Maintain a B+ (3.4) average in all ESL classes and/ or a C+ (2.4) average in mainstream English classes. (You do not have to have been enrolled in any ESL classes to qualify for this letter).
- Demonstrate increases in all areas (oral, reading, writing) of English proficiency on annual testing.
- Participate in an extra-curricular club or activity at Timpview that requires the use of English (signature of advisor/coach required). OR Document the use of English outside of the school (letter from employer, etc.)
Family And Consumer Economics
- Take 1 class in at least two of the FAC areas, i.e. fashion merchandising, clothing, interior design, food, adult roles, child care, or human development.
- Earn an A (4.0) in each class.
- BE a member of Future Career and Community Leaders of America, (the state and national organizations) during the junior and senior year.
- Sterling Scholar or runner-up in Family and Consumer Economics automatically qualifies.
Earn four (4) years of credit in progressive math and/or statistic courses, maintain a 3.7 GPA in those four courses (excluding Calculus Lab course and grade) and one (1) of the following:
- Earn Sterling Scholar nomination (finalist or alternate)
- Take AP Calculus or AP Statistics with a Math Letter Application signature from your AP teacher.
- Place in the top 5 in grade level at Timpview on the State Math Exam
- Score above 100 on the National Math Exam
- Must take Biology or Human Biology with a B or better.
- Physiology with a B or better.
- Medical Principles and Practices OR Sports Medicine with a B or better.
- 40 hours of a medical internship.
- CPR certification.
To earn your Music Academic Letter, you must accumulate 200 points through musical activities. Use the worksheet below. Attach additional documents, if needed. Date each item when it was completed (i.e. 2nd semester of 2018-2019 ends May 2019). Current enrollment in school ensembles will count for one semester’s credit. Direct any questions to your director.
Music Department Point System:
- Participation in a school ensemble 10 pts. per semester with B or higher (all instrumental and vocal ensembles count)
- Solo & Ensemble
- Region Participation 5 pts.
- Region Superior Rating (I or I-) 5 pts.
- State Participation 5 pts.
- State Superior Rating (I or I-) 10 pts.
Note: points may accumulate for one event (i.e. a solo which gets a State Superior receives a total of 25 points due to involvement at Region & State plus superior ratings at each).
- School Musical Participation (pit orchestra or singing) 10 pts.
- AP Music Theory 10 pts. per year with B or higher
- All-State Audition – Band, Choir, Orchestra 5 pts.
- All-State Participation – Band, Choir, Orchestra 10 pts.
- Accompanist for choir 5 pts per song (max. 10 pts per year)
- Band/Orch/Choir Leadership 10 pts. per year
- Concerto/Aria audition 5 pts.
- Concerto/Aria performance 10 pts.
- Music Sterling Scholar audition 5 pts.
- Music Sterling Scholar 15 pts.
- Additional Projects (approved by director) TBD
Science Academic Letters will be awarded to students who have completed 8 semesters of science, each with a 3.7 or better. The student must complete the following classes:
- Two (2) semesters of entry level biological science which includes Biology or Biology-Human emphasis.
- Two (2) semesters of entry-level physical science which includes Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, Principles of Physics, or Physics.
- Four (4) semesters of advanced science which includes Physiology, AP Biology, Honors Chemistry, AP Chemistry, or Physics or AP Physics.
- Note a third advanced level class can substitute for any entry level science class as long as the requirement for two semesters of both biological and physical science are met.
100 Hours of community service to be completed during your high school career.
- Fifty (50) service hours must occur during your senior year. The additional fifty (50) hours may accumulate from the junior, sophomore and freshman school years.
- Sixty percent (60 ) hours of service hours must be community based and donated as an individual.
- Forty percent (40 hours) of service hours may be a part of a group (school, religious, etc).
Service hours must be community based- not school based (For example: Athletic teams selling tickets/items to support team expenses are not service. HOSA meeting to make quilts to donate to the hospital is service.)
- Service hours cannot be part of attendance or school credit makeup.
- Service hours cannot be counted if completed during school hours or if a student is receiving school credit for the project. (For example: medical internships at the hospital are not service hours. Service as a candy striper counts.)
- Each service experience must accompany a signed Volunteer Sponsor Verification form.
- Service hours cannot be counted if receiving personal recognition or awards for service. Letters of support from the organizations that have had service provided documenting the numbers of hours donated.
Maintain a 3.7 GPA cumulative average in all social studies classes and complete one of the following:
- Sterling Scholar finalist or alternate in Social Studies.
- Take AP U.S. History, AP World History, AP American Government, or AP Psychology with a 4 or 5 on the exam.
- Take U.S. History, Geography, World Civilizations, Government and one other Social Studies elective with a 3.9 GPA cumulative average or higher.
Speech and Debate
- Compete on the Speech and Debate team for three full years.
- Maintain at least a 3.5 class GPA.
- Compete at 12 tournaments.
- Earn at least the Degree of Distinction from the National Forensic League.
Must meet 3 of the 4 following requirements:
- Actively involved in student council or be a club president and donate at least 40 hours of extracurricular service in the year application is made.
- Demonstrate good attitude and working relationship with sponsoring teacher.
- Attend leadership or in-service classes.
- Make special contributions to student government or the school, i.e. new projects, special activities, service projects, etc.
- Earn Sterling Scholar (or alternate) nomination in Technology.
- Take at least 3 classes in the following areas: auto, drafting, electronics, metals, or woods or do the following:
- Take at least 3 classes above the entry-level course in more than 1 technology area.
- Maintain a 3.7 GPA (A-) average in technology education classes.
- Be a member of VICA (Vocational Clubs of America) during your senior year.
- Maintain good attendance and an A in theatre class(es) for at least two full years.
- Participate (as an actor or technician) in at least 2 Timpview Theatre main-staged productions.
- Actors: Receive (3) superior ratings at Region Drama. Competition: Technicians: Qualify for the National Thespian Competition in a Technical Theatre area.
- Membership in Theatre Club.
- Be helpful to other Theatre students.
- Exhibit self- motivation, good citizenship, upstanding behavior, and a willingness and commitment to learn.
- Complete the same language for at least 3 years.
- Maintain at least a B+ (3.5) average in the composite language classes.
Complete two of the following:
- Participate in two service experiences with your language club or with the combined language clubs.
- Carry out a service project that requires use or knowledge of the target language or culture.
- Document use of language outside the classroom.
- Participate in a language competition or major test outside the school. (BYU language fair/Olympiad, essay contests, AP exam, university bypass exam, etc.)
- Earn Sterling Scholar (or Alternate) nomination in World Languages.