Page County Public Schools to get rid of class ranking

Page County Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Wendy Gonzalez
Page County Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Wendy Gonzalez(WHSV)
Published: Dec. 14, 2018 at 4:54 PM EST
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This fall, Page County Public Schools announced their plan to get rid of the honor of Valedictorian from their two high schools by the year 2022.

The school system said this is a response to the Virginia Department of Education's new


The new profile, which provides the framework students must meet to earn either a Standard Diploma or an Advanced Studies Diploma, suggests that a high school graduate should have content knowledge mixed with workplace readiness skills.

PCPS officials state that taking class ranking away would offer students better opportunities.

"We don't want students to feel like, in order to achieve this one moment in time of being valedictorian or salutatorian, they take a weighted class like an AP or dual enrollment instead of taking a class that would afford them that internship that workplace experience after high school," said Dr. Wendy Gonzalez, Superintendent of Page County Public Schools.

This change will affect this year's freshmen class, but not this year's graduating class.

The change will not take place until the year 2022.

You can read the Board of Education's revised graduation requirements for the Class of 2022 onward