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
AP™ Computer Science
AP™ Computer Science Principles
DC Business Incubator
Dual Credit Mobile Apps
Internship in Business


​AP™ Literature
AP™ Language
DC Speech
DC Composition
DC Composition II

​Family and Consumer Science

Advanced Culinary Arts
Internship in FACS
DC Culinary Arts II Commercial
DC Advanced Culinary Arts

​Industrial Technology

Architectural Design
DC Autos II
Engineering Design and Development
Internship in Industrial Tech
Seminar in Autos
Woods III

​AP™ Calculus AB

AP™ Calculus BC
AP™ Statistics
DC Calculus 
DC Calculus III
DC Statistics

Music AP® Music Theory 
​AP™ Physics I

AP™ Physics IIC
AP™ Chemistry
AP™ Biology
AP™ Environmental Science

Social Science

AP™ U.S. History
AP™ European History
AP™ Economics
AP™ Human Geography
AP™ U.S. Government and Politics
DC Psychology
DC US History

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.​​