Grade Level Promotion Requirements

Elementary Promotion Requirements

There are four (4) 45-day grading periods for the school year.  A student can fail a subject if:

  • S/he earned E’s in two (2) or more grading periods
  • His/her average G.P.A. for the year is lower than 0.76

A team decision will determine a student promotion when multiple subjects have been failed.


Middle Grades Promotion Requirements

In order for a seventh or eighth grade student to be promoted, s/he must successfully complete at least 29 of the 40 units offered in each grade.  Unit values are listed next to each course below.

Grades 7 and 8                     Units

Reading                                   10

Mathematics                           10

Language Arts                          5

Social Studies                          5

Science                                     5

Enrichment/Specials               5


Specials will change each marking period and vary according to grade level.


High School Promotion Requirements

A student will be promoted into the following grade levels by obtaining a minimum of the following credits:


                                               Grade 10        -             6.5 credits

                                               Grade 11        -           12 credits

                                               Grade 12        -           19 credits

                                               Graduation    -           25.5 credits


If a student does not have the proper credits to be promoted to the next grade level, that student will be retained.  Example:  If a freshman only completes 4 credits successfully, s/he will be kept in a freshman homeroom until the correct number of credits has been obtained.

All students are required to pass English and Physical Education in each of their high school years.  Grade appropriate English courses must be taken in the proper sequence beginning with 9th grade.  Students who fail will be expected to attend a summer school program approved by the high school counselor in order to make up the deficiency.  Those who do not attend summer school will be required to repeat the level failed.  Students will not be allowed to schedule more than one required English or Physical Education class in any school year.  Doubling up English or Physical Education classes is not permitted.

All decisions on exceptions to any promotion requirement rest with the Principal, the Guidance Counselor, and other Administration.

Grade Level Proficiency and Promotion

In addition to passing all course requirements for promotion to the next grade level, all students should be proficient in reading and mathematics, as measured by the PSSA. 

If a student has passed all course requirements, but has not attained proficiency, the student will be recommended to the RtII program for Tier 2 or 3 intervention in the next grade level.

All students are required to take the “4Sight” diagnostic test during the course school year.  Different versions of this assessment in reading and mathematics will be administered throughout the year.  The “4Sight” has a strong correlation to the PSSA and, therefore, is a good predictor of achievement levels on the PSSA.  If a student does not achieve proficiency on the “4Sight”, s/he is referred to the after-school tutoring program to help correct deficient skills.  If the student achieves proficiency on the administration of the “4Sight” or PSSA and passes all course work, s/he will pass to the next grade.  If a student does not achieve proficiency on the “4Sight” or the PSSA, s/he will be recommended for RtII interventions.

Three sets of data will be utilized for 9th and 10th grade students:

  • 4Sight testing will be used to identify students not scoring in the proficient range.
  • 8th grade PSSA scores will be checked for proficiency.
  • Current final grades will be evaluated for proficiency.

Final determination for promotion or RtII recommendation will be made based on the criteria listed above for each student. If a student has a 70% or higher in their English and/or Math courses for that prior year, s/he will be able to apply for an exemption from this requirement.  Application should be made to the Guidance Department.

Please Note: If a student does not achieve proficiency, but passes all course work, the student may be assigned to remain in their grade for an additional year.  (Exception:  If a student does not attain proficiency, but attends either the 45 hours in reading and/or math after school or summer tutoring sessions with 85% attendance, he/she can pass to the next grade level.)

Once assigned to after-school tutoring, attendance at tutoring sessions will be monitored on a daily basis. If attendance falls below 85%, participation in extra-curricular activities may be suspended until the 85% attendance is regained.

Whenever tutoring is available, it will become a priority over all extra-curricular activities, including athletics, cheerleading, band etc.  Practices will not begin on Tuesday and Wednesday after school until 4:30 p.m.

The Clairton City School District is an equal opportunity education institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, handicap, or limited English proficiency in its activities, programs, or employment practices as required by the PA Human Relations Act, Title IX, and Section 504. For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures, contact Debra A. Maurizio, Title IX Coordinator, and Section 504 Coordinator at the Administration Building, 502 Mitchell Avenue, Clairton, PA 15025 or 412-233-7090 Ext. 2300.
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