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West Shore Junior/Senior High School

Diplomas of Distinction

West Shore HSWest Shore Junior/Senior High School (Melbourne, FL). To meet increasing college and career readiness requirements, West Shore offers students a Diploma of Distinction. To earn this diploma, a student must complete 28 credits (beyond state requirements); 25 hours of service learning each year; demonstrate leadership experience through clubs, sports, or activities; and receive at least one scholarship offer to a post-secondary education. In addition to completing at least three acceleration courses, all seniors must enroll in either Advanced Communications Methodology, Science Research, or AP Capstone Research. As part of the college readiness process, students complete aptitude/ interest inventories, plan a college success path, and research future careers. Then students create high school resumes and document their progress in a post-secondary admissions portfolio. Seniors engage in a culminating senior project that requires primary research in an academically challenging topic, submission of research papers, and presentations to a board of judges that include parents and community professionals. In 2017, 100% of the 147 graduates earned the Diploma of Distinction, enrolled in post-secondary institutions, and received scholarship offers totaling $5 million.

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