To give all students an equal opportunity to become their school’s valedictorian or salutatorian, Gilbert Public Schools will use the following guidelines:

Only students in the top 5% of the graduating class will compete for the position of valedictorian and salutatorian.
  • These students, at the end of the first nine weeks of second semester, will select the 44 subjects they want to use for their valedictorian/salutatorian GPA. The 44 classes must fulfill the student’s graduation requirements. Students may not select S/U classes.

  • No valedictorian or salutatorian candidate will have a grade lower than a “C” in any subject.

  • Foreign exchange students will not be eligible for the valedictorian or salutatorian position.

  • Mid-year graduates will not be eligible for the valedictorian or salutatorian position.

  • The valedictorian or salutatorian must have taken a minimum of twelve and one-half (12.5) credits (25 semester courses) at the high school they are graduating from, and must be enrolled in a minimum of four (4) classes (full time status) per semester.

  • Students who have been suspended during their senior year will not be allowed to speak at graduation.
Students who are interested in competing for the valedictorian or salutatorian position are encouraged to discuss this process with their school counselor.

Please keep in mind that the GPA school ranking is not necessarily the same as the rankings under this system.

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