Graduation Information/Requirements


Rutherford County High School Graduation Requirements are here.
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 (CTE Teachers will identify these students prior to graduation)
  • Earn statewide recognition or award at a skill or knowledge-based state tournament,
    convention, or competition hosted by a statewide student organization, and/or qualify for national recognition by a national student organization (Student's who win one or more of these will need to provide proof of award to their school counselor)
  • Participate in Governor's School -
  • Participate in All State (Band and Choir)
  • Become a National Merit Semifinalist or Finalist (Only for students taking the PSAT) Students interested may start this process in their junior year
  • Earn a score of 31 or higher on your ACT
  • Earn a score of 3 or higher on 2 of your AP exams
  • Earn 12 or more college credit hours
Valedictorian/Salutatorian Information
  • Highest School Wide GPA
  • 12 Honors, Advanced Honors, (AP) Advanced Placement, or Dual Enrollment Courses
  • Graduate with Distinction
  • In the case of a tie with GPA, the student with the highest Composite ACT Score will be awarded Valedictorian. This is based on your ACT Composite, not your super score. If more than one student ties for first place with both GPA and ACT Composite then we will have more than one Valedictorian.
  • The runner up to the top ACT & GPA Score(s) will be awarded Salutatorian 
Per Rutherford County School Board Policy 4.602, this must be completed by the end of the student's 7th semester(by December) or before January 1st of their senior year.