Home School Valedictorian

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Home School Valedictorian
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Studio album by Adelitas Way
Released June 7, 2011
Recorded September 2010 - December 2010
Genre Alternative metal, hard rock, post-grunge
Length 38:36
Label Virgin
Producer Dave Bassett
Adelitas Way chronology
Adelitas Way
Home School Valedictorian
Singles from Home School Valedictorian
  1. "Sick"
    Released: March 11, 2011
  2. "The Collapse"
    Released: August 22, 2011
  3. "Criticize"
    Released: February 16, 2012
  4. "Alive"
    Released: August 13, 2012
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Alternative Addiction 4.5/5 stars[2]
Melodic.net 3.5/5 stars[3]
Revolver 3/5 stars[4]

Home School Valedictorian is the second album by Las Vegas, Nevada hard rock band Adelitas Way, released on June 7, 2011. "Home School Valedictorian" has sold over 120,000 copies in the U.S. and over 500,000 singles becoming the band's best-selling album to date.


Adelitas Way entered the studio in September 2010 with writer/producer Dave Bassett and Tadpole in Malibu, California to record the band's follow up to their self-titled debut on Virgin Records.[5]

The song "I Wanna Be" features guest vocals by Tyler Connolly, the vocalist/guitarist for the Canadian rock band Theory of a Deadman.[6]

Release and promotion[edit]

On January 31, the band announced that their new album Home School Valedictorian would be released on May 17. On February 4, they premiered their first single from the Home School Valedictorian album on KOMP 92.3 titled "Sick". It was then announced the band's new album, Home School Valedictorian, would be pushed back to June 7.

The first single off the album, "Sick", was released to radio on April 5, and was released as single on iTunes and Amazon on March 15. It reached No. 1 on the active rock chart becoming the band's first No. 1 single. On April 15, a sample was put on the Adelitas Way YouTube channel of the upcoming album. The band's follow up single "The Collapse" was released on August 22 to rock radioand reached No. 3 on the Active Rock chart and No. 10 on Mainstream Rock Radio chart.

"Criticize" was the third single, and reached No. 1 on the active rock chart giving the band two No. 1 songs off the record. The fourth single, "Alive", was featured and performed live by the band on ABC's Bachelor Pad, and climbed multiple radio charts. It reached No. 6 on Active rock charts in early 2013

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Rick DeJesus, Dave Bassett and Trevor "Tre" Stafford, except for where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "The Collapse" 3:38
2. "Sick" (R.DeJesus, Marti Frederiksen) 3:11
3. "Alive" 3:47
4. "Criticize" 3:02
5. "Good Enough" 3:51
6. "Cage the Beast" (R.DeJesus, T.Stafford, Keith Wallen) 3:16
7. "I Can Tell" (R.DeJesus, K. Wallen, T.Stafford) 3:39
8. "Somebody Wishes They Were You" (R.DeJesus, Dave Bassett) 3:44
9. "Move" 3:20
10. "I Wanna Be (featuring Tyler Connolly)" (R.DeJesus, Tyler Connolly) 3:12
11. "Hurt" (R.DeJesus, T. Stafford, K. Wallen) 3:56
Total length: 38:36


Chart Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 66
U.S. Billboard Rock Albums 20
U.S. Billboard Alternative Albums 16
U.S. Billboard Hard Rock Albums 4


  • Rick DeJesus — lead vocals
  • Keith Wallen — rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Robert Zakaryan - lead guitar
  • Derek Johnston — bass guitar
  • Trevor "Tre" Stafford — drums, percussion


  1. ^ Monger, James Christopher. Home School Valedictorian at AllMusic. Retrieved July 5, 2011.
  2. ^ "Review of "Home School Valedictorian" by Adelitas Way". Alternative Addiction. May 31, 2011. Archived from the original on October 1, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2011. 
  3. ^ Wippsson, Johan. "Adelitas Way - Home School Valedictorian (review)". Melodic.net. Archived from the original on October 3, 2011. Retrieved July 5, 2011. 
  4. ^ Gary Graff (June 7, 2011). "Review:Adelitas Way - Home School Valedictorian". Revolver. Retrieved July 5, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Adelitas Way-Home School Valedictorian". thisnotascene.com. Retrieved September 18, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Rick DeJesus of Adelitas Way Talks To thisisnotascene". thisisnotascene.com. Retrieved September 18, 2015. [permanent dead link]