The Richland Parish School Board, in order for class rankings to be determined on a uniform and consistent basis throughout the schools of Richland Parish, shall require each school to determine the student rank of each graduating class by dividing the total number of quality points earned by each student by the total number of high school credits completed to determine grade point average.  Foreign exchange students and other non-residents shall not be counted as members of the graduating class for the purpose of class rankings.


Beginning with students graduating in the 2016-2017 school year and thereafter, the calculation of the minimum cumulative grade point average shall utilize a five-point scale for grades earned in certain Advanced Placement courses, International Baccalaureate courses, gifted and talented courses, honors courses, articulated courses for college credit, and dual enrollment courses as approved by the Board of Regents and the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, which may result in a student earning a cumulative grade point average that exceeds 4.00.  For such courses, five quality points shall be assigned to a letter grade of “A”, four quality points shall be assigned to a letter grade of “B”, three quality points shall be assigned to a letter grade of “C”, two quality points shall be assigned to a letter grade of “D”, and zero quality points shall be assigned to a letter grade of “F”.




It is the philosophy of the Richland Parish School Board that the honors of valedictorian and salutatorian may be awarded to students whose cumulative grade point averages reflect the quality of instruction in the entire school district and who exemplify the highest scholastic achievement in the school from which they graduate.  The students with the highest and second highest cumulative grade point average, after all grades have been officially reported by teachers, shall be selected valedictorian and salutatorian respectively.


Residency Requirement


To be eligible for the honor of valedictorian and salutatorian, students shall have been in residence for at least the last four (4) semesters in the high school from which they are to graduate.




The ranking for all students, regardless of graduating date, shall be determined by the cumulative grade point average computed for each year of high school.  The quality point average shall be calculated in accordance with the procedures and formula outlined in the Pupil Progression Plan for Richland Parish School System.  The final average to determine the rank of each student shall be computed to two (2) decimal places.


Revised:  March 13, 2007

Revised:  June 14, 2016



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

Board minutes, 3-5-96, 7-2-96, 3-13-07, 6-14-16


Richland Parish School Board