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Valedictorian & Salutatorian Designations

The valedictorian and salutatorian for each graduating class shall be those students pursuing a regular education diploma who have attained the highest academic averages for all courses. No student shall be entitled to be valedictorian or salutatorian who does not enroll at the respective high school during the first ten (10) days of his/her senior year.

  • The valedictorian will be the student with the highest overall weighted average.
  • The salutatorian will be the student with the second highest overall weighted average.

The following will also apply:

  1. For purposes of identifying the valedictorian and the salutatorian for respective classes, the averages shall be computed at the end of the first semester (second nine weeks) of the student’s senior year. 
  2. Individual course grades weighted in accordance with the high school credit value of the course.
  3. All transfer grades must have been received from a school accredited by AdvancEd (now known as Cognia) or equivalent accrediting institution.
  4. Grades from dual enrollment courses will be considered in calculations of the numerical averages based on the district’s conversion scale.
  5. Grades from Advanced Placement courses shall receive a 10 percent bump when calculating overall average for honor graduate purposes.
  6. Grades from Honors (Non-Advanced Placement) courses shall receive a five percent bump when calculating overall average for honor graduate purposes.
  7. Credits earned in lieu of participating in a course shall not be included in the overall average.  
  8. Students who do not graduate from high school within four (4) regular academic years are not eligible.
  9. In the event of a tie for valedictorian or salutatorian, the student who has completed more Advanced Placement classes will be named valedictorian or salutatorian for reporting to the Georgia Student Finance Commission.  If a tie continues, students’ scores on the Advanced Placement exams will be used to break the tie.