Rutherford County Schools High School Graduation Requirements:
Graduating with Honors
Students who graduate with honors must score at or above ALL of the subject area readiness benchmarks on the ACT or equivalent score on the SAT.
- English: 18
- Math: 22
- Reading: 22
- Science: 23
Graduating with Distinction
Students must have a 3.0 GPA and meet one of the following criteria:
- earn a nationally recognized industry certification
- participate in Governor's School
- participate in All State
- National Merit Semifinalist or Finalist
- 31 or higher on ACT
- 3 or higher on 2 AP exams
- IB Diploma Program completer
- 12 or more college credit hours
The Valedictorian/Salutatorian shall be the student(s) who attain(s) the highest grade point average for grades 9-12 and have taken a minimum of twelve (12) honors or above honors level courses and meet all requirements for a student graduating with honors and a student graduating with distinction pursuant to the Tennessee Board of Education’s criteria.
Per Rutherford County School Board Policy 4.602, this must be completed by the end of the student's 7th semester or before January 1st of their senior year.