Consistent Application for Graduating Class

The District shall apply the same class rank calculation method and rules for local graduation honors for all students in a graduating class, regardless of the school year in which a student first earned high school credit.


The District shall include in the calculation of class rank semester grades earned in high school credit courses taken in grades 9–12 only, unless excluded below.

The calculation shall include failing grades.


The calculation of class rank shall exclude grades earned in an assigned remediation or tutoring course, any local credit course, or through credit by examination, with or without prior instruction.

Weighted Grade System


The District shall categorize and weight eligible courses as Advanced, Specified, and Regular in accordance with provisions of this policy and as designated in appropriate District publications.


Eligible Advanced Placement (AP), dual credit, and honors courses shall be categorized and weighted as Advanced courses.


Anatomy and Physiology and Earth and Space courses shall be categorized and weighted as Specified courses.


All other eligible courses shall be categorized and weighted as Regular courses.

Weighted Numerical Grade Average

The District shall assign weights to semester grades, including failing grades, earned in eligible courses and calculate a weighted numerical grade average in accordance with the following:




Plus 10 points

Specified Classes

Plus 5 points


Plus 0

The District shall record unweighted numerical grades on student transcripts.

Transferred Grades

When a student transfers semester grades for courses that would be eligible under the Regular category and the District has accepted the credit, the District shall include the grades in the calculation of class rank.

When a student transfers semester grades for courses that would be eligible to receive additional weight under the District's weighted grade system, the District shall assign additional weight to the grades based on the categories and grade weight system used by the District only if a similar course is offered to the same class of students in the District.

Local Graduation Honors

For the purpose of determining honors to be conferred during graduation activities, the District shall calculate class rank in accordance with this policy and administrative regulations by using grades available at the time of calculation at the end of the third nine-week grading period of the senior year.

For the purpose of applications to institutions of higher education, the District shall also calculate class rank as required by state law. The District's eligibility criteria for local graduation honors shall apply only for local recognitions and shall not restrict class rank for the purpose of automatic admission under state law. [See EIC(LEGAL)]

Valedictorian and Salutatorian

The valedictorian and salutatorian shall be the eligible students with the highest and second-highest rank, respectively. To be eligible for this local graduation honor, a student must:

Have been enrolled in the District high school for two school years;

Be graduating after exactly eight semesters of enrollment in high school; and

Have completed the foundation program with the distinguished level of achievement.

Breaking Ties

In case of a tie in weighted numerical grade averages after calculation to the fourth decimal place, the District shall apply the following methods, in this order, to determine recognition as valedictorian:

  1. Count the number of Advanced courses taken by each student involved in the tie.
  2. Calculate a weighted numerical grade average using only eligible grades in Advanced courses taken by each student involved in the tie.

If the tie is not broken after applying these methods, the District shall recognize all students involved in the tie as sharing the honor and title.

Highest-Ranking Graduate

The student meeting the local eligibility criteria for recognition as the valedictorian shall also be considered the highest-ranking graduate for purposes of receiving the honor graduate certificate from the state of Texas.

Orange Grove ISD


LDU 2020.02

DATE ISSUED: 11/10/2020