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 8
To be promoted to grade 9, students must pass a total of ten courses from the following subject areas in grades 6, 7, and 8: English Language Arts (ELA)/ESL; Mathematics; Science; and History. The courses must include at least five ELA/ESL + Math courses, two Science courses, and two History courses.
Students who do not pass both ELA/ESL and math must attend the Summer Transition Program.
Students will earn credit for the course(s) only if they attend the Summer Transition Program and pass required course work. Students who do not attend will fail the course(s).
Students who do not meet grade 8 course requirements by the end of the Summer Transition Program will be retained. Students who have already been retained in middle school may be retained again only after a case review by the principal, teachers, support staff, and parent.
For more information, please visit the BPS web site.