Parents: Boston Public Schools Grade 12

Promotion Policy

This information is from the 2004-2005 Boston Public Schools Policy Handbook.

The Boston Public Schools are committed to ensuring that every graduate is a lifelong learner, productive worker, responsible citizen, and thoughtful participant in our diverse communities. Every teacher, administrator, parent/guardian and other adult involved in the lives of our students shares in the responsibility to ensure that all students meet these expectations.

Promotion Requirements for All Grades
Students must fulfill several requirements to be promoted to the next grade. All students must earn passing grades in certain courses, and maintain good attendance. In some grades, students also have to pass standardized tests in reading and math.

Promotion Requirements for Grade 12
To graduate, students must pass:

  • four high school English Language Arts/ESL courses
  • three high school Mathematics courses, including three high school science courses: Unified Science 9; Biology, Chemistry, or Physics; and one other science course
  • three high school History courses: World History 1 & 2; 20th Century U. S. History
  • two World/Native Language courses in the same language
  • two semesters of Physical Education
  • two semesters of Arts
  • one semester of Health
  • one semester of Computers
  • the MCAS English Language Arts & Math assessments


  1. Students in grade 12 who have not passed the math section of the MCAS by September 2003 are not required to take Advanced Algebra. These students will take MCAS Math Prep 12.
  2. Students who pass the December 2003 MCAS retest will enroll in a one-semester course in Advanced Algebra in February 2004. Students must pass this course to graduate.
  3. Students who do not pass the December 2003 retest will continue with MCAS Math Prep 12 until they retake the MCAS in May 2004. Students who pass the May 2004 MCAS are not required to pass Advanced Algebra to graduate, as long as they pass MCAS Math Prep 12.

For more information, please visit the BPS web site.