Congratulations to the Atlanta Public Schools Class of 2023 Valedictorians, Salutatorians, and STAR Students!
Each year, the district hosts a celebration luncheon to honor Atlanta Public Schools Valedictorians, Salutatorians, and STAR Students. This year's event featured 34 honorees from across the district. To learn more about each honoree, please download the event program.
About Valedictorians and Salutatorians
The Atlanta Board of Education permits each high school to identify a senior as Valedictorian and one as Salutatorian in accordance with administrative regulations set forth by the Superintendent. They are chosen at the end of the first semester of the senior year. The eligible student must have been enrolled in the respective high school from which he or she graduates by the end of the first semester of the junior year.
The numerical grading system is used by Atlanta Public Schools as required by the State Board of Education. Class rank, as shown on the transcript, is calculated using numerical grades and is considered final and official once a student completes all graduation requirements. The averages of the Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the Class of 2023 are based on the weighted system listed in the numeric grade average summary on the transcript.
About STAR Students
The Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program honors Georgia’s outstanding high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development. The Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) was selected in 1994 by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce to coordinate the state STAR program in association with the Chamber and the Georgia Department of Education.
To obtain the STAR nomination for the Class of 2023, high school seniors must have the highest score on a single test date of the two-part SAT taken on any date through and including November 5, 2022, and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class at the end of junior year, based on grade point average.