Welcome to College Confidential!

The leading college-bound community on the web

Sign Up For Free

Join for FREE, and start talking with other members, weighing in on community discussions, and more.

Also, by registering and logging in you'll see fewer ads and pesky welcome messages (like this one!)

As a CC member, you can:

  • Reply to threads, and start your own.
  • Post reviews of your campus visits.
  • Find hundreds of pages of informative articles.
  • Search from over 3 million scholarships.

Does your HS have multiple Valedictorians?

Golf308Golf308 Registered User Posts: 225 Junior Member
edited April 2011 in High School Life
I am currently one of 17 valedictorians at my school. My graduating class only has 135 kids, which means that 13% of my class has valedictorian status. I just wanted to know if this happens at a lot of other schools or is this as bizarre as I think it is.

My school does not use a weighted GPA system and all of the Valedictorians have 4.0 unweighted GPAs.
Post edited by Golf308 on

Replies to: Does your HS have multiple Valedictorians?

  • CranberryOrangeCranberryOrange Registered User Posts: 931 Member
    WHAT??? That's crazy. Do I hear grade inflation?

    We have 70 people per class, no weighted GPA. We have someone with a 4.0 maybe every five years or so. Last year there were two 4.0s, which never happens, so they were both Vals.
  • suebinorsuebinor Registered User Posts: 94 Junior Member
    Out of 450 kids, my D's graduating class will have 19 - she has a 3.98 (1 B), and is ranked 20th in her class. This is unweighted, but from what I understand, you have to have a certain number of IB classes too.
  • fauxmavenfauxmaven Registered User Posts: 1,794 Senior Member
    This doesn't make sense- a valedictorian is supposed to be the top .Sounds like a way to give more kids a chance to be the top, but how can there be 17 people that are equally ranked ?
  • SeriweSeriwe Registered User Posts: 287 Junior Member
    My school has enough high performing students (and a weighted GPA system), so we use levels of recognition similar to what colleges use.

    For students with a 4.6 GPA or higher, they receive summa cum laude recognition.

    4.3 to 4.59 GPA is magna cum laude.

    And 4.0 to 4.29 is cum laude.

    9 students graduated summa last year (of about 300), and the system works pretty well since there are a lot of outstanding students, and some get slight advantages doing easier weighted classes, so this gives an opportunity for all top students to get recognition. A "valedictorian" speaker is chosen from amongst those top students through an application process.
  • coldplayingcoldplaying Registered User Posts: 72 Junior Member
    We have 1 Val (highest GPA) and 1 Sal (2nd highest). Nothing fancy.
  • glassesarechicglassesarechic Registered User Posts: 5,487 Senior Member
    We have two vals, though one may drop to sal or lower by the end of the year. One of them has a 4.0; the other one was a year advanced in language and so was taking weighted classes before the rest of us, though she has a B or two. There are several sals, however--all the IB kids who have one B.

    The year before had two vals and one sal, and the year before that there was just one val. I prefer it that way; 17 is absurd!
  • Golf308Golf308 Registered User Posts: 225 Junior Member
    I guess that I forgot to mention that this year is significantly higher than typical for my school. The average amount of vals per year is probably around 8. I do not know why there are so many more this year.
  • notanengineernotanengineer Registered User Posts: 1,125 Senior Member
    If there is a tie for Valedictorian or Salutatorian, then there will be multiple of them. It's not really common though. We have unweighted GPAs but weighted class rank, so I suppose if there was a tie in GPA, they would need to have taken the same amount of APs as well.
  • jazzy514jazzy514 Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    My school doesn't have any valedictorians. You are very lucky. They actually recognize achievements at your school.
  • HONORLIONSHONORLIONS Registered User Posts: 1,582 Senior Member
    My school has a long tradition of having great Valedictorians, as they, along with the Salutatorian, go off to great colleges (Princeton, Cornell, JHU). The rest of the class usually goes to one of five possible state and community colleges.
  • JoJoBearJoJoBear Registered User Posts: 198 Junior Member
  • irmjuniorirmjunior Registered User Posts: 73 Junior Member
    my school had 2 last year, because their gpas were the same down to the .000_ decimal point.. crazy! we don't rank either.. in a class of 100, because the school is so hard already that if you are getting a B+ average you work really hard already so its not like some public schools where you can have a 4.9 Gpa or something.. thats a joke!! if you have a 100 in every single class and all your classes are AP's (not allowed at my school) then you could have a 4.8 at the very highest but this obscene gpa inflation defeats the purpose! i just don't understand it, because public school kids look so good on paper when they have a 4.5 gpa versus my measly B+/A GPA involving like 3 honors / APs per year and 4/5 hours of work a night.
    i guess really though none of that matters because colleges like some schools better than others bc they know they are harder
  • GoodbyehelloGoodbyehello Registered User Posts: 1,065 Junior Member
    My school has usually one Valedictorian and one Salutatorian, but one year a couple tied for Valedictorian b/c they took the same classes and community college classes (I am suspicious....even though I know both of them are smart)
  • randomazn14randomazn14 Registered User Posts: 1,051 Senior Member
    Yah, our school does this dumb thing where they only weigh four classes per year, so no way you can be truly at the top if you do take everything.

    So, yup, 15 to 20 vals sounds about right. :)
  • MosbyMarionMosbyMarion Registered User Posts: 2,656 New Member
    More relevant, how does this work with the fact that the state of Georgia just guaranteed the tuition of the valedictorian from each high school in Georgia?
This discussion has been closed.