For the 2016 – 2017 school year, the Garden Valley School received the “Award of Excellence” from the IHSAA (Idaho High School Activities Association.) Awards were announced August 2, 2017 IHSAA Annual Meeting. Superintendent/Principal Greg Alexander made this announcement at the regular September School Board Trustee meeting.
To earn this recognition, a school must score a 90% of the Citizenship Component on a year-long, voluntary program schools enroll into. Points are earned by the school based on the student-athlete performance in athletics, academics and sportsmanship. Those three major areas are weighted for the determinations in deciding who receives the awards.
The Academic Component is based on the varsity team’s cumulative GPA (Grade Point Average). This is submitted to the State Academic Champions application for all IHSAA sponsored sports and activity programs. The Performance Component is based of place of finish at the IHSAA sponsored state championships and activity competition programs. The Citizenship Component is then based on the school’s own self-evaluation of their won citizenship and sportsmanship activities. These are submitted on an itemized form with deductions made by the IHSAA for player and/or coach. The will deduct if there are unsportsmanlike ejections and also for unsportsmanlike behavior at state tournaments.
The Garden Valley School was amongst other Award of Excellence schools who were within the 90%. These other schools were Centennial, Highland, Lake City, Boise, Twin Falls, Bishop Kelly, Skyview, Sugar-Salem, Weiser, Snake River, Bear Lake, Ririe, Salmon, Grangeville, Prairie, Oakley, Glenns Ferry, Troy, Grace, Notus, Lighthouse Christian, Logos, and Cascade.
Only six schools statewide received the 2016-17 “School of Excellence” award which is the highest achievements in the scoring. Exemplary Achievement Status is a classification is awarded to schools that finished second and third in the final points compilations. There were twelves schools in Idaho that received that award status. These are the primary awards.