*The non-profit Glendale Education Foundation has as its primary purpose to recognize and reward high school students at Glendale School District who have shown high academic achievement in any number of ways. The criteria to achieve this particular “Academic Letter” sponsored by the Foundation means a high school student has to have earned the “Principal’s Award” (94% GPA) for at least three (out of four) nine week grading periods. The Foundation board of directors began with the idea that this “Academic Letter” Program would not only give students in Grades 9 through 12 a tangible reward---but act as a bonus incentive for students to “keep up their great work!” Consequently, we have seen a growth in the numbers of those who have earned the award since its inception.
Similar to varsity sports letters, underclassmen who achieve an “Academic Letter” in successive years will earn (instead) a ‘gold pin’ shaped like the “Lamp of Learning”—similar to the design on the letter itself—which is to be pinned to their initial chenille letter. So a ninth grader could potentially earn the maximum of four Academic Letters, represented by the actual letter plus three gold “lamp of learning” pins attached.