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Valedictorian/Salutatorian Selection Criteria
In order to qualify as Valedictorian or Salutatorian, a student in the San Bernardino City Unified School District must:

  • Be selected for this honor based on the agreed upon districtwide selection criteria
  • Have completed 7 semesters of high school based on a four-year high school program
  • Qualify as one of the top 15-20 students with the highest grade-point averages (“weighted”grades from honors, MYP, International Baccalaureate, and Advanced Placement courses, and concurrent UC/CSU transferable college courses increase grade-point averages)
  • Complete all SBCUSD graduation requirements
  • Complete the final (8th) semester at the school from which he/she has been selected as Valedictorian/Salutatorian

NOTE: A student who wishes to accelerate studies and graduate earlier than his/her designated class will not be considered for Valedictorian or Salutatorian of either class. He/she will, however, be eligible to compete for scholarships and participate in all senior activities including the graduation ceremonies with the earlier class.  

Procedure for Selection:

The following guidelines will be used for selection of courses to be used in the computation of the point total and grade-point average for the selection of valedictorians and salutatorians:
  1. Grades for 42 classes (6 classes each semester for 7 semesters/grades 9, 10, 11, and the first semester of 12th) to meet the graduation requirements of the San Bernardino City Unified School District including:
     7 Semesters
     History/Social Science
     7 Semesters
     Physical Education
     4 Semesters
     10 Semesters
     6 Semesters
     6 Semesters
      Fine Arts or Foreign Language
     2 Semesters
    NOTE: Electives may include such courses as, but not limited to, band, journalism, student government, yearbook, additional classes in math, science, foreign language and visual and performing arts, college courses taken while enrolled in high school, and courses taken to meet the Career Development requirement.
  2. Courses to fulfill the Career Development requirement may be completed during the 8th semester.
  3. Grades for college classes that meet the IGETC (Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum) requirements, and are transferable to any US or CSU campus, will be counted on a 5-point (weighted) scale as would an Honors/AP/IB class.College vocational and lower division/remedial classes will count on a 4-point grading scale.
Procedures for Calculating Selection of Valedictorian/Salutatorian:
  1. Using the weighted, overall grade-point average list, identify the top fifteen to twenty seniors.
  2. Complete a form for each student, designating the course and grade earned for each of the 42 courses, and indicating whether or not the grade is “weighted” (regular courses = 4 point “A”, etc; Weighted for honors/IP/IB/College IGETC courses= 5 point “A”, etc.)
  3. Calculate by adding each grade value, multiply by weight value, then divide by 42.
  4. The student with the highest point total shall be selected Valedictorian. In case of a numerical tie, more than one valedictorian shall be declared.
  5. The student(s) with the next highest point total shall be selected Salutatorian(s). In case of numerical tie, more than one salutatorian shall be declared. Principal discretion may be used to include a student or students who score very closely behind the valedictorian before a “gap.”For example, if a valedictorian scored 4.68, and the next scores were 4.46, 4.42, 4.38 and 4.0, the principal may select two salutatorians or possibly 3, but because of the “gap,” not the fourth.
  6. All scoring must be accurate and confidential,and completed worksheets must be given to the principal. San Bernardino City Unified School

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