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Student Guidelines and Qualifications


The PAGE STAR program does not advise parents or students regarding aspects of the SAT testing program. All questions regarding selection or registration for the SAT should be addressed to local school officials (typically the school counselor or advisor).


The online PAGE STAR Nomination Form must be completed by an appropriate school official, usually the senior counselor, and submitted by the specified deadline date.  In late September, counselors and principals are mailed the website address and instructions for entering STAR Student and STAR Teacher nominations.

2017 STAR student nominees must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  1. Be a legally enrolled senior in an accredited Georgia public or private high school. The school must be accredited by the Georgia Accrediting Commission (GAC), Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and/or the Georgia Private School Accreditation Council (GAPSAC).
    • A legally enrolled senior is a student who has registered – and been accepted – as a student in the school and will graduate with the 2017 senior class. Seniors who are jointly enrolled in high school and college are eligible for STAR honors if all other requirements are met.  (College and high school grades are averaged to determine rank.)
    • Seniors who complete graduation requirements prior to the end of the school year and who will graduate with the current year's graduating class are eligible for STAR honors if they meet other requirements.
    • NOTE: The STAR Program is designed to recognize high school seniors who have the highest SAT score in their graduating class and meet all the other program requirements.  How many classes a student takes off campus or how involved the student is with extra-curricular activities at the school are irrelevant in determining the STAR Student.
  2. Take the three-part or two-part SAT any year on any national testing date through and including November 5, 2016.  Important:  November 5, 2016, is the last acceptable SAT test date for the 2017 PAGE STAR program.
  3. Score highest on a single test date (scores may not be combined from two or more test dates) on the *"old" three-part or "new" two-part SAT among qualified seniors in the school. The old three-part SAT scores must be converted via published concordance tables to be accepted for the 2017 STAR Program. Nominees' SAT scores must be equal to or higher than the concorded mean scores of: Evidence Based Reading & Writing 530 and Math 530.
    *Please refer to the special instructions regarding the conversion of "old" SAT scores.
  4. At the end of Junior year, be in the top 10 percent or be among the top 10 students numerically, whichever category provides the largest number of eligible students in the school.  
    A student must meet the "top 10" requirement based on cumulative high school (grades 9 through 11) grade average numerically computed by utilizing the system normally utilized by the school.  Calculation should be on cumulative grades through the junior year.
    If the student with the highest SAT score does not meet the top 10 criterion, the student with the next highest SAT score who does meet the criterion becomes the nominee.

  5. No TIES accepted at the high school level for STAR 2017. The student with the highest totaled "section scores" in a single sitting should be nominated to be the PAGE STAR Student for your school. If, by chance, you have two or more students with the same score, the school is responsible to break the tie and determine the STAR nominee using GPA (the grade average numerically computed by utilizing the system normally utilized by the school). The "tied" student with the highest GPA is to be nominated for STAR.


  • Independent school winners will compete in the public school system in which the independent school is geographically located.

Competition Levels

  • High School STAR Students compete for system titles.
  • System STAR Students in turn compete for region-wide honors in the 12 STAR Regions.
  • Region STAR students compete for State PAGE STAR Student.
  • STAR Teachers move up in the competition with their STAR Student.

Teacher Guidelines and Qualifications

The STAR Teacher is selected by the declared high school STAR Student for having made the most significant contribution to the STAR Student's scholastic development.

Criteria and Clarification:

  1. The teacher must be a present or former contractually employed classroom teacher (Pre K-12) of the STAR Student and currently employed, retired or left the teaching profession in good standing from a professional position in a Georgia school system accredited by the Georgia Accrediting Commission (GAC), the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and/or the Georgia Private School Accreditation Council (GAPSAC).

  2. A teacher, having taught the student in a Georgia school, who is now teaching in another Georgia school system or who has moved to another state may be selected.
  3. A teacher must have taught the student a classroom subject that appears in the curriculum and for which the student received credit (may include band, P.E.).  It may not be an activity that is just posted as “having participated in” on the student’s academic record.
  4. An administrator, librarian/media specialist, counselor, etc. who has actually taught the student a classroom subject may be selected if the individual is currently employed by a Georgia school system in one of these positions, or is officially retired from same or who has left the teaching profession in good standing.
  5. parent who meets all the criteria may be selected.  The parent must have taught his or her child as a student in an accredited school.
  6. An advisor, coach or mentor to a group may not be selected unless the advisor, coach or mentor has actually taught the student a classroom subject.
  7. A Military Science (ROTC) instructor who is a contractual teaching faculty member holding at least a Bachelor’s degree and who actually teaches in the classroom may be selected.
  8. A vocational-technical teacher may be selected if he or she is certified by the state and is contractually employed as a member of the teaching faculty.
  9. A paraprofessional or tutor may not be selected.
    Exception: A current paraprofessional who is a retired Georgia teacher who has previously taught the student as a contractual teaching member of a faculty may be selected.
    Note:  A currently employed contractual teacher who previously worked with a student as a paraprofessional but has not subsequently taught the student may not be selected.
  10. A deceased teacher, who left the teaching profession because of illness and subsequent death, may be selected providing the teacher met the qualifications previously stated.
  11. A teacher who is on a written contractual professional or medical (including maternity) leave of absence may be selected.

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