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Salutatorian Selection Process

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Posted: Friday, May 30, 2014 4:52 pm

With graduation just around the corner, Coronado High School is nearing the end of the process of choosing the Class of 2014 Salutatorians. The selection of the salutatorian is a lengthy process, and is determined by the Islander Leadership Team (ILT), a faculty committee comprising of teachers from all departments, school counselors, and administrators at CHS. The ILT adheres to the philosophy that the salutatorian shall be the second highest academic student, although there are cases when the committee may choose more than one student.

There are strict criteria that the committee traditionally follows when determining the salutatorian of the graduating class. First, the salutatorian must qualify as the student with the second highest GPA, according to a specific formula that takes into account the number and rigor of courses. Next, the student must graduate from Coronado High by June of their senior year and be in good citizenship and disciplinary standing, as well as not have been disciplined for cheating during his/her senior year. Furthermore, the grade point average is determined by counting the best 240 credits earned by the student, beginning with the summer after eighth-grade graduation and ending at the senior year mid-semeThester progress report. All online and outside courses must be completed with official transcripts submitted by May 1st to be considered. Additionally, all candidates will take at least 240 credits within four years. As far as calculating weighted AP and honors classes, no more than 26 will be accounted for, and no more than 30 credits from outside of school will be considered. The ILT limits the number of honors classes to account for students who have transferred to CHS with an opportunity to take honors classes that are not offered at Coronado High School, and for students who have taken courses outside of CHS.

In the case that GPA’s are identical, other factors such as number and rigor of courses, grades of B and lower, number of plus and minus grades, and AP test scores are considered. It is important to note that when the committee is selecting the salutatorian, students’ identities are concealed to ensure impartiality. Although selecting the salutatorian is a tedious and lengthy process, ILT ensures the selection of the most qualified candidate. With the Class of 2014 having a candidate pool of twenty-five students to choose from, we are sure to have an outstanding salutatorian this year.

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