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The President’s Awards for Educational Excellence is given to a graduating high school student that meets the criteria below established by the US Department of Education.

The primary indicators of excellence must be based on academic achievement that reflect a 90 percent level or higher on the traditional grading scale. School personnel may also consider, as part of the criteria, activities in which a student demonstrates high motivation, initiative, integrity, intellectual depth, leadership qualities and/or exceptional judgment. 

Recommendations from a Teacher Plus One Other Staff Member: One recommendation is to reflect outstanding achievement such as English, mathematics, science, history, geography, art, foreign language, and any other courses that reflect a school's core curriculum. This judgment is to be supported by tangible evidence that is comprised of either results on teacher-made tests, portfolio assessment, or special projects. The second recommendation from a school staff member may address, for example: involvement in community service or co-curricular activities including tutoring other students and/or demonstration of creativity and achievement in the visual and performing arts.

*Please note the principal plays a leading role and has sole discretion in choosing recipients*

The following point system will be used to determine valedictorian/salutatorian:

A. To qualify for valedictorian or salutatorian, the student must be participating in and attending commencement ceremonies with Inspire Homeschool Academy.

B. To qualify for valedictorian or salutatorian a student must have earned a minimum of six credits at Inspire Homeschool Academy at time of graduation. Only classes taken at/through Inspire will count towards the GPA. All grades earned in all subjects, both academic and extracurricular, shall count in determining the final average using the following formula.

C. Any disciplinary issue dealing with academic honesty will disqualify a student. No one may be valedictorian or salutatorian if they receive any major discipline in junior or senior year.

  1. Only classes taken at/through Inspire Homeschool Academy will be used to calculate the Valedictorian and Salutatorian.  Academic classes will be weighted for GPA calculation of Valedictorian and Salutatorian. This means that those classes will be awarded an extra point; in the weighted system, an A= 5, a B = 4, and a C = 3. D and F grades will remain D’s and F’s.


  1. Cumulative GPA shall be determined at the end of the 1st semester of the senior year. The top ten seniors shall be ranked by GPA and given the following point values. 1st: 30 points; 2nd: 27 points; 3rd: 24 points; 4th: 21 points; 5th: 18 points; 6th: 15 points; 7th: 12 points; 8th: 9 points; 9th; 6 points; and 10th: 3 points.


  1. The total number of academic classes taken per year by the top ten GPA seniors shall be determined at mid-3rd quarter of the senior year.  The following point values will be awarded: 1st: 10 points; 2nd: 9 points; 3rd: 8 points; 4th: 7 points; 5th: 6 points; 6th: 5 points; 7th: 4 points; 8th: 3 points; 9th: 2 points; 10th: 1 point


  1. The point totals as calculated from the above two categories will be used to determine Valedictorian and Salutatorian.


  1. The valedictorian designation shall be the student who has the highest cumulative point total by end of 1st semester of the Senior year.  The salutatorian shall be the student with the next highest cumulative point total. If there is more than one Valedictorian due to a tie, there will be no Salutatorian.

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