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Guidelines on the Selection of Honor Pupils and Students in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools

September 8, 2009

DepED Order No. 92, s. 2009


Assistant Secretaries
Bureau Directors
Regional Directors
Schools Division/City Superintendents
Heads, Public and Private Elementary and Secondary Schools
All Others Concerned

Revised Guidelines on the Selection of Honor Pupils and Students in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools

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  1. Candidates for honors, at any grade or year level, shall be drawn from the top ten (10) pupils/students of the school. They must not have a final grade lower than 80% in any subject.
  2. To determine the top ten (10), pupils/students shall be ranked using the 7-3 point scheme (7 points for academic performance and 3 points for co-curricular activities) as contained in Enclosure Nos. 1 and 2.
  3. The pupils/students’ grades in the previous curriculum level shall not be considered in the ranking of honors for graduating pupils/students.
  4. Only the grades in the current curriculum year shall be considered in the ranking of honor pupils/students. Transferees shall be considered in the ranking provided they are enrolled not later than the second week of classes of the current School Year.
  5. The final rating shall be computed to the three decimal places. In case of tie, candidates shall both be declared in the same honor ranking (both as valedictorians, salutatorians and so on).
  6. All candidates for honors must be of good moral character and have not been subjected to any disciplinary actions within the current School Year.
  7. Achievements of pupils/students in specific academic disciplines (such as Mathematics, Science and English) and in special curricular areas (such as athletics, performing arts and campus journalism) shall be given recognition.
  8. Schools with special curriculum programs (such as special science, arts, sports, special education) and duly recognized annexes of public elementary and secondary schools, provided the annex is a complete school with all the curriculum grades/years, shall select their own set of honor pupils/students.
  9. Any member of the school selection committee must not be related within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity to any of the candidates for honors.
  10. The School Head shall be the chairman of the school selection committee composed of at least three (3) members from the teaching staff and shall make the final announcement of honor pupils/students after final results have been duly recommended and approved by the School Head and/or Schools Division Superintendent, respectively, not later than fifteen (15) days before the recognition/commencement rites. Candidates for honors and their advisers must be present during the open selection process.
  11. In case of protest, it shall be filed by the candidate with his/her parent or guardian to the School Head within five (5) working days from the final announcement and shall be settled by the school selection committee within five (5) working days from the filing of the protest.
  12. Previous issuances, policies and guidelines inconsistent with this Order are hereby rescinded and/or repealed.
  13. Immediate dissemination of and compliance with this Order is directed.

Procedure in the Ranking of Honor Pupils and Students

1. The following shall be used in determining the honors:

1.1. Academic Excellence (7 Points)

Academic excellence shall be based on the general average of all the learning areas in the curriculum year. The procedure for ranking based on academic excellence is as follows:

1.1.1. Compute the average of each learning area up to three decimal places.
1.1.2. Get the average of the grades of all learning areas.
1.1.3. Rank the candidates according to their average.
1.1.4. Multiply the rank by 7 points.


Name of CandidatesAverage of Grades in the Learning AreasRankWeighted Rank

1.2. Co-Curricular Performance (3 Points)

Co-curricular performance covers the achievements of the candidates in all levels (school, division, regional, national and international), active participation in authorized student organizations or clubs, outstanding awards in recognition of the actualization of what has been learned from school, travels in relation to school work, and other civic activities.

The rating shall be based on the combined assessments of all the teachers of the candidate in the curriculum grade/year.

1.2.1. Get the composite rank (sum of all the ranks given by the raters) of each candidate.
1.2.2. Rank the candidates from the lowest to the highest sum.
1.2.3. Multiply the rank by 3 points.


Name of Candidates1st Activity2nd Activity3rd Activity4th Activity5th Activity6th ActivityComposite RankFinal RankWeighted Rank

1.3. Final Ranking

1.3.1. Add the weighted ranks of the pupils or students.
1.3.2. Rank the sums from the lowest to the highest.


Name of CandidatesAcademic ExcellenceCo-Curricular PerformanceTotalRank

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1 thought on “Guidelines on the Selection of Honor Pupils and Students in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools”

  1. I just want to ask in the extra curricular of the student in this guidelines.. are the student must get the lowest cirricular activity? Because sir this guidelines affect the ranking of my son..


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