Salutatorian and Valedictorian Guidelines
Arcadia High School
Guidelines for the Selection of Salutatorians and Valedictorian
Qualifications to be named a class Salutatorian
At the time of selection, a candidate must:
- Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.933 or higher after spring semester grades are posted. This cumulative grade point average must be based upon a minimum of 150 credits in letter graded (A – F) classes.
- Have received no marks of “U” in citizenship.
- Have received no more than two marks of “N” in citizenship.
- Have a disciplinary record that is, in the sole judgment of the Valedictorian Selection Committee, free from major transgressions, particularly transgressions involving academic dishonesty.
- Have a school attendance record that is, in the sole judgment of the Valedictorian Selection Committee, free from excessive unexcused absences or tardies.
- Agree to allow their complete academic, attendance and disciplinary records to be reviewed by the Valedictorian Selection Committee.
Qualifications to be named the class Valedictorian
At the time of selection, a candidate must:
- Meet all the requirements to be named a class Salutatorian.
- Have earned a minimum of 90 of their credits towards graduation here at Arcadia High School.
- Complete a written application to be reviewed by the Valedictorian Selection Committee.
Final Grade Checks (Spring Semester):
- The final grades, disciplinary records, and attendance records of all candidates will be reviewed by the Valedictorian Selection Committee.
- In order to be recognized as a Valedictorian or Salutatorian at the Commencement Ceremony, a candidate must:
- Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.933 or higher after spring semester grades are posted.
- Have, in the sole judgment of the members of the Valedictorian Selection Committee, maintained satisfactory citizenship and a disciplinary record.
- Have, in the sole judgment of the members of the Valedictorian Selection Committee, maintained an attendance record that is free from excessive unexcused absences or tardies.
In selecting a class Valedictorian, the selection committee will consider:
- First and foremost, a candidate’s grades in all courses.
- The overall academic rigor of the coursework that the candidate has completed and the academic rigor of the candidate’s senior year schedule of classes.
- The candidate’s current grades at the time of the selection process, typically the end of the third quarter of the senior year.
- The candidate’s marks in citizenship.
- The candidate’s disciplinary and attendance records.
- The candidate’s response to a free-response essay question in the application packet.
- Activities (both on and off campus) in which the candidate has participated.
- Any awards, honors, positions of leadership, hobbies, or special interests of the candidate.
- Any work history or volunteer history of the candidate.
- An in person interview with the candidate should the selection committee deem it necessary as part of the selection process.
The Valedictorian Selection Committee:
- Shall consist of one administrator appointed by the Principal.
- Shall consist of the grade level counselor(s) for the graduating class.
- Shall consist of a cross-section of five or six volunteer teachers from different subject areas selected by the Principal (or Designee).
- Shall consist of two graduating seniors, the ASB President and the ASB Representative to the Board of Education.
- In cases where a student representative refuses to serve or is unable to serve due to a conflict of interest or will not be graduating with the class from which the Valedictorian will be selected or cannot serve for any other reason, the ASB line of succession shall be used to find a suitable replacement.
- In cases where both student positions cannot be filled by seniors on ASB, the Principal (or Designee) shall designate the two student representatives. Each of these students may be selected from the current graduating class or they may be selected from the prior year’s graduating class.
- The Principal sits on the Valedictorian Selection Committee as a non-voting, ex officio member. However, the Principal shall be called upon to break a deadlock should one occur regarding a particular issue in front of the committee.
- In no cases shall a member be allowed to sit on the committee if that member has a conflict of interest that could adversely affect their ability to make an impartial selection.
- The goal of the committee is to select a single Valedictorian. However, in cases where two or more candidates are, in the sole opinion of the committee, equally qualified to represent the graduating class as Valedictorian, the committee may name Co-Valedictorians.