Solon Academic Boosters Overview
Posted on 28 July 2017
This July $2 from every item sold will be donated to the Solon Academic Boosters Club to support teachers and students throughout the district. Your purchase helps carry on a tradition of academic excellence at one of the nation's top school districts.
The Solon Academic Boosters Club is a group of parents, teachers and administrators, and community leaders committed to promoting, recognizing, and rewarding academic achievement at Solon High School. In a school as large and diverse as SHS, academic achievement happens at many levels and takes many forms. It is our privilege to honor the SHS students who are reaching outstanding personal levels of scholastic achievement throughout the school year.
In 2017, Solon students, for the second year in a row, earned the state of Ohio’s #1 report card for achievement and Solon was one of only two districts in Ohio to receive an A grade for achievement. Solon High School is a gold medal recipient and is currently ranked #15 in the state and #386 in the country by US News Best High Schools 2017 ranking report. Academic achievement is obviously an important goal for SHS, and having a parent-led group dedicated to promoting and rewarding this culture in our high school shows the district’s, and the parents’, strong commitment to this goal.
The Solon Academic Boosters believes that our students work hard for their achievements, and in a competitive academic environment where too many achievements could go unrecognized or could be considered to be “expected,” we believe in celebrating our students’ efforts and accomplishments. The Solon Academic Boosters Club sponsors four primary special recognition programs:
- Rising Star – Students are recognized for academic efforts and attitude in the classroom. Approximately 300 students/quarter earn this recognition.
- Strive for .5 – Students are recognized for improving their grade point average by .5 or more in one grading period over the previous. Typically between 65 – 85 students/quarter earn this award.
- National Merit Scholars – National Merit Commended and Semi-Finalist students are treated to lunch at a local restaurant. This year, 42 students (~10% of the senior class) earned this recognition.
- Exemplary Attendance – Seniors with four years of perfect attendance are treated to breakfast at a local restaurant during first period. The irony of taking these students out of class for a period is not lost – and is actually part of the fun! Typically between 20 – 25 students receive this recognition at the end of their senior year.
In addition, the Solon Academic Boosters provides the following awards for Honor and Merit Roll achievements:
- Academic Letter Awards – For students with a 3.5 or above grade point average for the academic year. This year, 671 underclassmen received this award.
- Graduation Medals – Seniors attaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 and above for seven semesters receive medals to wear at graduation. Two hundred twelve members of the Class of 2017 earned this recognition.
- Scholarships – College scholarships are awarded to select Seniors based on the strength of their applications. The academic, athletic, artistic, and service contributions and achievements of these young men and women are both humbling and inspiring. It was an honor to review these applications and award scholarships to 21 deserving graduating seniors this year.
In addition to our recognition programs, the Solon Academic Boosters Club provides financial assistance to several of our school’s academic teams that can be used to further the clubs’ academic pursuits. This past year we provided financial assistance to Future Business Leaders of America, the Chess Club, Model UN, Speech and Debate Club, Mock Trial, and the Science Olympiad team. Most of these teams used the money to subsidize their competition and travel budgets.
Our newest program, which is also a fundraiser for our club, is the Summer College Essay Workshop. In its inaugural summer, 91 students participated in one of four 4-day (10-hour) workshops led by professional college essay advisors. The advisors led the students through various exercises and assignments that resulted in a near-final draft of the students’ primary college application essay. At the end of the workshop, the advisors reviewed the drafts and provided editing and commentary pinpointing the remaining touches needed for the students to finalize their essay for submission. This summer, our second year of offering the program, the five summer workshops sold out.
Though we do great things for our students, our club cares very much about our parents, too. We have about 25 core members who meet once each month over dinner at a local restaurant. Because we meet in the evening, we provide a unique opportunity for parents who are not available during the day to meet other parents, learn about and contribute to the school, and support our students – all while enjoying each other’s company and perspective over a shared meal. Our meetings are open to anyone who wants to attend, and we do not require anyone to donate volunteer hours who does not wish to do so.