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Honors at Graduation

Classes of 2018, 2019, and 2020

The highest cumulative grade-point average (GPA), (calculated to the nearest hundredth) and the highest class rank is used to determine the Valedictorian for the graduating class.  In those instances where two or more students have the highest identical GPA’s in the class, they shall be designated Co-Valedictorians.  In this case, no student shall be designated as Salutatorian.  The student with the second highest cumulative GPA (calculated to the nearest hundredth) shall be designated Salutatorian.  In those instances where only one student is designated as Valedictorian and two or more students have the second-highest GPA, Co-Salutatorians will be named. 


The following factors are used in making the selections:

  • Must have completed at least 210 credits by the end of the first semester of his/her senior year
  • Must have pursued a four-year college preparatory program
  • All grades will be counted
  • Classes taken outside of Santa Susana High School will not be counted in the computation of the GPA (transfer students are excluded from this rule)
  • All computations will include weighted grades for those courses approved by the Board of Education (Advanced Placement and some designated 11th- and 12th-grade Honors classes).
  • Satisfactory Citizenship must be demonstrated.  No U’s in Effort or Citizenship in grades nine through twelve and no suspensions.
  • Must have Academic Honesty and Integrity in all classes. Students caught cheating are automatically disqualified.
  • Must have enrolled in six (6) classes each semester of her/his high-school career.

Class of 2021 and Beyond

Academic Recognition

Santa Susana has adopted Latin Honors for graduation beginning with the class of 2021 and beyond. No class taken off-campus will be eligible for a weighted grade for the purposes of calculating Latin Honors.

  • Summa Cum Laude - meaning “with the highest praise” is the highest recognition awarded at graduation.  To graduate summa cum laude, a student must achieve a 4.000 or greater Total Weighted GPA.

  • Magna Cum Laude – meaning “with great praise” is the second highest recognition awarded at graduation.  To qualify for magna cum laude, a student must achieve a 3.750 - 3.999 Total Weighted GPA.

  • Cum Laude – meaning “with praise” is the third recognition awarded at graduation.  To qualify for cum laude, a student must achieve a 3.500 - 3.749 Total Weighted GPA.

Extra-curricular and Special Recognition

Cords will be worn by students that complete a Santa Susana High School certification or earn one through a national organization (e.g. Key Club, Interact Club, National Honor Society, etc.).