Distinguished Graduate Information

​The Prairie Ridge High ​​School Distinguished Graduate program is designed to recognize students who have accomplished a well-rounded high school experience.  Distinguished Graduates must meet or exceed specific criteria benchmarks including community service, extra-curricular involvement, citizenship, and various academic standards.

Students who successfully complete all Distinguished Graduate criteria will be recognized at their graduation ceremony with an award cord and a notation will be made on their high school diploma.

Distinguished Graduate Criteria 

The specific criteria are as follows:

  • Extracurricular Involvement: Three different PR sponsored athletics or activities for a minimum of six seasons total.
  • Good Citizenship: No out-of-school suspensions and no second disciplinary "steps" throughout high school.

  • Volunteerism: Complete at least 15 hours of community service throughout high school.  Volunteer Hour Log​ PDF

  • GPA: Minimum GPA of 2.75 upon graduation

  • Academic Rigor: Completion of at least 2 capstone courses, or 2 AP courses, or a combination of one AP and one capstone course. 

  • Credit Completion: Complete a minimum of 22.5 credits prior to graduation

Capstone / Advanced Placement® Classes

AP® Studio (2D, 3D or Drawing) 
Senior Portfolio
Senior Design and Production​

Accounting II
DC Business Incubator
Internship in Business


​AP® Literature
AP®  Language
DC Speech
DC Composition

​Family and Consumer Science
Advanced Culinary Arts
Internship in Food Services
Seminar in Child Care
Seminar in Fashion
DC Culinary Arts II Commercial
DC Advanced Culinary Arts
​Industrial Technology
Advanced Mechanical Design
Architectural Engineering and Design
Autos II
Seminar in Autos
Engineering Design and Development
Seminar in Industrial Technology
Woods III
​AP® Calculus AB
AP® Calculus BC
AP® Statistics
AP® Computer Science
AP® Computer Science Principles 
Calculus III
Music AP® Music Theory 
​AP® Physics I
AP® Physics II
AP® Chemistry
AP® Biology
AP® Environmental Science 
Social Science

AP® Psychology
AP® U.S. History 
AP® European History​ 
AP® Economics
AP® Human Geography
AP® U.S. Government and Politics

World Language  AP® Spanish
Spanish IV
DC Spanish IV
AP® French
French IV
AP® German
German IV
Work Program
​Interrelated Occupations (2 years)​


Please note: This page contains links to documents that are in Adobe's PDF format.  If you have accessibility needs that make it difficult for you to access and / or interpret information in PDF format, please call 815-455-8500 or email distmail@d155.org, and we will be happy to assist you. 


Questions? Please contact prdg@d155.org

Prairie Ridge High School reserves the right to accept or deny Distinguished Graduate distinction based upon special or underlying circumstances on a case-by-case basis.​​