The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board stipulates that any student to be considered for valedictorian or salutatorian of his/her class shall have been in attendance for two (2) years in the Pointe Coupee Public School District immediately preceding graduation, and have met the high school graduation requirements as specified as specified in Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators (Bulletin 741)  to be eligible for such honors.  Full credit for grades previously earned at accredited schools shall be accepted.  The selection of students for valedictorian and salutatorian, as well as other honors and awards, shall be in accordance with established School Board policy.


The following guidelines and procedures have been established for the ranking of students:


  1. Final grades shall be used for class ranking.  The grade point average shall be averaged out to four (4) decimal places and shall not be rounded off.

  2. In order to be eligible for graduation honors of valedictorian, salutatorian, and other ranking honors, a student must complete the following prescribed curriculum:


    1. Beginning with the 2010-2011 freshman class, all students vying for class honors must take and receive grades (A, B, C, D, F) in TOPS or Core 4 Curriculum as defined by the Louisiana Department of Education.


  1. State approved summer school courses, state approved correspondence courses, and state approved virtual school shall be included when averaging.  This includes the grades made during the regular school session, excluding grades in college courses.  College credit shall not be included when averaging grades for class ranking.

  2. If a student repeats a subject, both the "F" grade and the repeated grade shall be used in computing the average.

  3. Students taking college classes for dual enrollment high school credit shall be awarded the following quality points:  A(5), B(4), C(3), D(2), F(0), effective 2010-2011 school year.  The 4.0 ranking scale will be capped at a 4.0.  The 4.0 ranking scale cap will be lifted with the 2010-2011 freshman class.

  4. The student who completes the prescribed high school graduation requirements at mid-term thereby graduates at mid-term.  If a student has been in attendance for two (2) years immediately preceding this mid-term graduation, then this student should validly be considered a candidate for valedictorian as well as other honors and awards.

  5. The student(s) earning the highest grade point average shall be named valedictorian

  6. The students(s) earning the second (2nd) highest grade point average shall be named salutatorian.

  7. In situations where there is a tie for the positions of either valedictorian or salutatorian, the persons shall be named as co-valedictorians or co-salutatorians.

  8. If co-valedictorians are named, a salutatorian shall still be selected.

  9. Honor graduates will be recognized according to their cumulative grade point average using the following scale:

    Suma Cum Laude                 3.700-4.000
    Magna Cum Laude               3.400-3.699
    Cum Laude                            3.000-3.399

    A student who transfers to Livonia High School after the start of his/her junior year is ineligible for these honors.


Revised:  January, 2010

Revised:  March, 2010



Ref:     La. Rev. Stat. Ann. ยงยง17:81, 17:3048.1

Board minutes, 12-16-99, 1-28-10, 3-25-10


Pointe Coupee Parish School Board