Honor Roll

  • The YHS Honor Roll is determined at the conclusion of each semester.  The First Honor roll is a list of all students achieving a grade point average of 3.7 based on semester grades.  The Second Honor Roll is a list of all students achieving a grade point average of 3.0—3.69 based on semester grades.  Grade point average is calculated from the numerical value of letter grades, as determined by the State Board of Education.

    The first honor roll is an alphabetically arranged list of all students achieving a grade point average of 3.67 or above. The second honor roll is a list of students achieving a grade point average of at least 3.17 to 3.66. Academic courses are defined as those in the department of English, world language, mathematics, science, social studies, and other courses.

    The State Board of Education determines the numerical value of letter grades:

      B+ = 3.3 C+ = 2.3 D+ = 1.3
    A = 4.0 B = 3.0 C = 2.0 D = 1.0
    A- = 3.7 B- = 2.7 C- = 1.7 F = 0.0

Honors at Graduation

  • Students who have achieved a cumulative grade average of 3.50 or higher for grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 will be recognized as honor graduates. This determination will be made at the end of the first semester of grade 12 and Running Start students after first quarter of senior year.

Valedictorian and Salutatorian

  • For the purpose of determining District honors, an index score reflecting a student’s grade point average shall be used to designate the valedictorian and salutatorian. The class rank determination shall be made at the end of the first semester grading period prior to graduation. 

    The student with the highest cumulative grade point average class rank shall be the valedictorian. In the event that multiple students hold a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade point average, each student will receive valedictorian honors. The student with the second highest cumulative grade point average class rank shall be the salutatorian.

    To be eligible for the honors of valedictorian and salutatorian, a student must have been in attendance at Yelm High School for their last two years. Students that transfer to YHS during their junior year or at the start of their senior year may appeal to the principal to be included. The appeal will include an analysis of the student's transcript as well as the reason for the transfer.

    To qualify to give the Valedictorian or Salutatorian speech, a student, during his or her last two semesters, must not have engaged in any serious misconduct violation of the Yelm Community School Student Rights & Responsibilities that resulted in Short Term Suspension, Long Term Suspension, or Expulsion.

Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA) & Certificate of Individual Achievement (CIA)

  • A Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA) tells families, schools, businesses, and colleges that a student has mastered a minimum set of skills required for graduation. Students show what they know and can do by passing state tests. 

    A Certificate of Individual Achievement (CIA) tells families, schools, businesses, and colleges that a student has mastered a minimum set of skills required for graduation aligned to a student's Individualized Education Program (IEP) and state-approved alternative tests. 

    Earning a CAA or CIA is required by RCW 28A.655.061.