Premio de Oro

What makes students stand out among their peers is that they not only work hard to excel in class to receive high marks, but it’s also their endeavor to earn the recognition and respect from their classmates and teachers. Annually, each Cerritos High School teacher nominates about 5 of their “best” students to be recognized at the Cerritos High School Premio de Oro ceremony. Every nominee is honored with a Premio de Oro certificate, but each teacher announces one particular student (out of those nominated) who really stood out during the past year and hangs a Premio de Oro medallion around his/her neck on stage. This is an emotional and sentimental moment for both teachers and students and the few students who are honored with a medal has made a true impact on their teacher and the class.

The criteria for selection may vary from teacher to teacher; however, selection should reflect outstanding classroom performance. Teachers have considered grades, participation, integrity, leadership portrayal, subject enthusiasm, and overall contribution to the class when making their selections.

Senior Awards Night

Cerritos High School Senior Awards Night is held annually on the first Wednesday in June. This special night is when we recognize our outstanding seniors on their academic, community service, and athletic accomplishments. At the Senior Awards Night, we also bestow some of our outstanding seniors with an Escudo de Oro (Crest of Gold) medallion.
California State Seal of Biliteracy
The California State Seal of Biliteracy Criteria established in legislation certifies attainment of a high level of proficiency in two or more languages.
  • The English criteria includes:
  • Completion of all English language arts requirements for graduation with an overall grade point average of 2.0 or above.
  • Passing the California Standards test in English language arts administered in grade 11 at the proficient level or above.
  • For English learners not reclassified, attain the overall early advanced level on the English language development test
The criteria for proficiency in a language other than English is one of the following:
  • Passing a World Language Advanced Placement examination with a score of 3 or higher Passing an International Baccalaureate examination with a score of 4 or higher
  • Successful completion of a four-year high school course of study in a world language and attaining an overall grade point average of 3.0 or above
  • Passing the SAT II world language examination with a score of 600 or higher.
  • For procedures to request and grant the State Seal of Biliteracy go to the California State Seal of Biliteracy web page at
Recipients from 2017-2018 / 2018 - 2019   (For years prior to 2017 please contact us)