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Policies and Regulations

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Policy 5-27

STUDENTS

Promotion, Retention and Acceleration

Each student should learn the relevant grade level subject matter before promotion to the next grade. Each student shall take and be expected to achieve a passing score on the SOL tests for the students’ respective grade. Schools shall use SOL test results as part of a multiple set of criteria for determining promotion in grades three (3) through eight (8) as set forth in more detail below. The use of SOL test score results as the sole criterion for awarding credit is prohibited.

  1. Kindergarten

    Students shall be retained in kindergarten only after a conference with the parent(s) or guardian and approval of the principal.

    In special cases the school may refer students from kindergarten to first grade during the school year.

  2. Elementary School

    Promotion will be made through grade five based on an evaluation of the student's acquisition of basic skills and other evidence of growth as determined by the student's teacher and principal as evidenced by the following factors:

    • SOL test scores at the end of grades three (3) through eight (8);
    • special needs;
    • academic performance;
    • prior retentions;
    • attendance;
    • physical size;
    • reading level;
    • work habits;
    • intellectual ability;
    • parental support;
    • age; and
    • school/family history.

  3. Middle School


    Students in grades six, seven, and eight are promoted to the next grade on the basis of earning passing final grades in the core subjects of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies and a passing final grade in one of the following program areas:

    health/physical education and the equivalent of a full-year course in the exploratories/electives together with consideration of the following factors:

    • academic performance;
    • ability level;
    • attendance in conjunction with poor classroom performance;
    • chronological age in relation to the normal grade/age group;
    • prior retentions;
    • delayed/advanced physical development;
    • maturity in emotional and social development;
    • work and study habits;
    • student and parent attitude;
    • parental support; and
    • SOL test scores at the end of grades six (6) through eight (8); however, the use of SOL test scores as the sole criterion in awarding credit is prohibited.

  4. High School


    Promotion at the high school level is based upon academic achievement and the meeting of attendance requirements in individual courses. Promotion is based on the number of credits earned. The use of SOL test scores as the sole criterion in awarding credit is prohibited. An assignment of class standing will be made on the following basis:

Grade 12:

at least 16 credits and/or eligible for June graduation

Grade 11:

at least 10 credits, but fewer than 16 credits

Grade 10:

at least 5 credits, but fewer than 10 credits

Grade 9:

fewer than five credits


Acceleration at the high school level will be on a course-by-course basis.

     E.  Interventions

Those students identified as possible candidates for retention shall receive interventions as set forth in the Standards of Quality and the Standards of Accreditation.

Legal Reference:

Board of Education Regulations for Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia. 8 VAC 20-131-30.

Code of Va., § 22.1-253.13:3 Standard 3. Accreditation, other standards and evaluation.

8 VAC 20-131-30 – Role of the Principal

Adopted by School Board: June 15, 1993 (Effective August 14, 1993)
Amended by School Board: October 19, 1993
Amended by School Board: September 15, 1998
Amended by School Board: March 22, 2005
Amended by School Board: April 4, 2006