Parents: Boston Public Schools Grade 5

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 5
To be promoted to grade 6 (non-Transition Program*), students must meet all of these requirements:

  1. Pass English Language Arts or English as a Second Language (ESL).
  2. Pass Mathematics.
  3. (a) Pass Science AND History, if only one of these subjects was passed in grade 4. OR
    (b) Pass Science OR History, if both of these subjects were passed in grade 4.

Students who do not meet the first four requirements must attend the Summer Transition Program. If they pass the courses but still do not pass a reading and a math test by the end of the program, they will be placed in the grade 6 Transition Program. They will receive extra support during the school year and, if necessary, the following summer.

For more information, please visit the BPS web site.