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Board Policy
Descriptor Code: IHDA
Salutatorian/Valedictorian  
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Cumulative Numeric Grade Average

The Cumulative Numeric Grade Average (CNGA) is to be determined by computing a numeric grade average to three decimal places.

For students enrolled in each Advanced Placement course, the cumulative numeric grade average shall be augmented by adding 10 points.  Specifically, the process shall entail adding 10 points to the semester average to determine the final semester average.

Students enrolled in Post Secondary Options (PSO)/ACCEL who withdraw from PSO/ACCEL courses receive a failing grade of 69.  The Post Secondary Options/ACCEL courses remain un-weighted.

Grades from Post Secondary Options (PSO)/ACCEL, such as the Accelerated Program at Georgia Southwestern University (GSW), will be verified by the instructors and transmitted directly to the High School registrar and calculated into the CNGA.

Summer school grades shall be computed in the total cumulative numeric grade average.

CNGA is used to determine class ranking and honors recognitions as set out below.

Grade Point Average

The Grade Point Average (GPA) shall be determined by use of a four point system for grades earned:  A = 4; B = 3; C = 2; F = 0.

Advanced Placement (AP) courses completed shall be weighted one additional point for passing grades: A = 5; B = 4; C = 3. 

College courses shall not receive any additional weight or points before being averaged.

GPA is not used to determine class rank or honors recognitions.

HONORS RECOGNITIONS:

Honors Day recognition shall be given to the student with the highest CNGA in each grade level (9-12).

Honor Graduate status shall be determined by computing a CNGA, as defined above.

To qualify for either honor, Valedictorian or Salutatorian, a student must have been enrolled in the Sumter County School System for four (4) consecutive semesters (two consecutive full years) immediately prior to graduation.

Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Class ranking shall be determined by the CNGA of graduating seniors at the completion of the third nine weeks of the 12th grade year.

The student with the highest class ranking shall be recognized as the Valedictorian.  The student with the second highest class ranking shall be recognized as Salutatorian.

If a tie occurs in the identification of either the Valedictorian or the Salutatorian, then those students meeting the numeric average criteria shall have that honor.  However for scholarship awards, total SAT/ACT scores (highest verbal and highest math) shall also be utilized in preparing rank ordering of class standings.

Students must have attended high school in the Sumter County School System for a minimum of four (4) consecutive semesters immediately prior to graduation to be named Valedictorian or Salutatorian.  Transfer credit used for calculation of cumulative numeric grade averages for determination of class ranking for Valedictorian and/or Salutatorian shall be accepted only from high schools or colleges accredited by regional accrediting agencies recognized by the Georgia State Department of Education.

In the event of a tie in class ranking for Valedictorian, each student will be publicly acknowledged.  A Salutatorian will not be publicly recognized in the event of a tie for Valedictorian.  After determining there is not a tie in class ranking for Valedictorian, if a tie in class ranking for Salutatorian exists, each student will be publicly acknowledged.

CRITERIA FOR BREAKING TIES FOR SCHOLARSHIPS

If scholarships or financial grants are to be awarded based on class ranking as Valedictorian and/or Salutatorian, those individuals will be identified and that determination will be double checked by another individuals.  If there is a tie and the scholarships or grants cannot be shared among the students tied for Valedictorian and/or Salutatorian, the following criteria will be used in turn to break ties in class rankings:

Valedictorian:

1.    Cumulative numeric grade averages; if a tie shall exist,

2.    Number of college preparatory classes taken; if a tie still exists,

3.    Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Scores or American College Test (ACT) Scores.

After using tie-breaking criteria, the student with the highest class ranking would receive any scholarship awards for Valedictorian.

After using tie-breaking criteria, the student with the second highest class ranking would receive any scholarship awards for Salutatorian. 

Salutatorian

1.    Cumulative numeric grade averages; if a tie shall exist,

2.    Number of college preparatory classes taken; if a tie still exists,

3.    Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Scores or American College Test (ACT) Scores.

After using tie-breaking criteria, the student with the highest class ranking would receive any scholarship awards for Salutatorian. 

If ties cannot be broken by the means listed, the principal of the school will select a committee to determine the recipients of any scholarships or grants.

Cross Ref:  IHC – Class Rankings

                IHD – Honors Recognitions

 

Sumter County Schools
Date Adopted:  4/11/1996
Last Revised:  4/11/2013