STEM Honors Diploma

(Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

Program Requirements

  • Students are required to have a minimum of 24 credits to graduate.
  • Maintain a 3.8 or higher weighted GPA.
  • Complete all Arizona Department of Education graduation requirements as well as Arizona University admission requirements.
  • Students in the STEM program are required to complete additional credits beyond the minimum state graduation requirements of 3 Science and 4 Math: 2-3 additional credits in Science/Tech/Engineering (AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, Honors Anatomy, Robotics, Cyber Patriot, or CTE Web Design), and a minimum of 1 additional Math credit (AP Calculus, Calculus 2, AP Statistics).
  • Summer enrichment activities are required between the 10th and 11th grade year. Summer Internships are required between the 11th and 12th grade year.

American Leadership Academy is committed to preparing students for college readiness in science, medicine, engineering, and math majors.

America has a crisis. First, of the 3.2 million students who earned high school diplomas this year, at least one third of those who attend college from this group will require remediation. Estimates show the U.S. will have over 1.2 million unfilled jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math by 2018. The crisis we face pits these unfilled jobs against a population that is not qualified or prepared to do them. Students prepared in STEM-related disciplines enjoy higher starting salaries and lower unemployment rates than the population at large.
– U.S. News and World Report, August 2012

STEM Honors Diploma

Students in the STEM Honors program are required to take Honors/AP classes in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, and encouraged to take Honors classes in other core subjects. Students are encouraged to take Eng 101/102 dual enrollment their junior year, and AP Literature their senior, but are not required. Students must maintain a minimum 3.8-weighted G.P.A. throughout their enrollment in the program. Summer enrichment activities are required between the 10th and 11th grade year. Summer Internships are required between the 11th and 12th grade year.

Social Studies - Honors classes encourages but not required

9th (Freshman)American Heritage or American Heritage Honors

10th (Sophomore)World History or World History Honors

11th (Junior)United States History or AP United States History

12th (Senior)

Economics and Civics or Economics and Civics Honor

English - Honors classes encourage, but not required

9th (Freshman)

English and Literature or Honors English and Literature

10th (Sophomore)

English and World Literature or Honors English and World Literature

11th (Junior)

English and United States Literature or College English Comp DE (ENG 101 and ENG 102)

12th (Senior)

English and British Literature or AP Literature

Math - Honors or AP Required

9th (Freshman)

Geometry Honors or Algebra II Honors

10th (Sophomore)

Algebra II Honors or College Algebra/Trigonometry CE (Pre-Calculus)

11th (Junior)

College Algebra/Trigonometry CE (Pre-Calculus) or AP Calculus AB

12th (Senior)

AP Calculus AB, AP Statistics, and/or Calculus 2

Science – Honors, AP, and Extension Courses required

9th (Freshman)


10th (Sophomore)

Chemistry Honors

11th (Junior)

AP Physics and AP Science, Cyber Patriot, Robotics or CTE Web Design

12th (Senior)

AP Science, Cyber Patriot, Robotics, CTE Web Design, CE College, Science/Tech Course

Summer Enrichment

Summer enrichments are required in the STEM Program. Summer enrichments may be held at both American Leadership Academy and other locations. These courses should not be a financial burden. Turn in evidence of a minimum – 10 enrichment hours to Mrs. Eames – Student Services. Hours will be tracked and used as completion requirements for the STEM Honors Diploma.

STEM Internship

The summer STEM Experience is required after the student’s junior year. Although details of what the STEM Experience will entail are still being processed, participation in the STEM Experience is required.

Additional Science and Math Courses

Additional Science courses, Math courses, and Extension classes may be taken at American Leadership Academy and/or Maricopa Community Colleges or ASU Polytechnic. Courses that are taken at Maricopa Community College or ASU Polytechnic will be reciprocated as high school elective credits.

College Entrance Exams

STEM students are required to take the PSAT, SAT, and ACT exams. The PSAT will be offered to all 10th grade students at school, and may be taken during their Junior year to qualify for the National Merit Scholar Awards. SAT and ACT tests are taken at the end of 10th grade into their Junior year. STEM students are also required to take the AP exam for any AP course that they are enrolled in.

College Admissions

STEM students who successfully completed the program are required to apply for admission into a university or college. College admission assistance will be given through the Student Services department.

Minimum GPA Requirements

STEM Honors students will maintain a minimum weighted GPA of 3.8. Students who fall below the minimum GPA guidelines at semester will be placed on academic probation. Students will have the following semester to raise their GPA up to the minimum requirements. Students who fail to raise their GPA up to the minimum requirements will be dismissed from the program.


STEM students who complete the requirements of the program will be recognized at the ALA graduation ceremony. STEM students will receive an additional honor cord to be worn at the ceremony and their accomplishment will be noted in the graduation program.


Primary STEM communication will be done through the school website. Emails will also be sent out to STEM parents with important program detail, offerings, changes, or upcoming events. Assistant Director of Student Services will monitor STEM students’ progress and requirements for completion of the STEM Diploma.