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Middle school students must pass five subjects (math, science, social studies, language arts and an elective, which can be two-semester courses) to be promoted to the next grade. Failing a high school credit subject, such as
Algebra I or earth science, cannot be a barrier to promotion to ninth grade.

Virginia now requires that each middle school student take at least one course related to career exploration (such as career investigations) or receive this curriculum in an alternative way before exiting the eighth grade; however, this course is not a barrier to promotion.

High school promotion standards are:

  • promotion from ninth to 10th grade: 5 credits earned
  • promotion from 10th to 11th grade: 11 credits earned
  • promotion from 11th to 12th grade: must satisfy the requirements to be a candidate for June graduation

Virginia requires high school students to meet additional diploma requirements such as passing an economics and personal finance course, completing an online course experience, etc. Additional information about the state’s graduation requirements is available at

For more information about promotion standards, see School Board Policy 3042 online at under the School Board tab in the School Board policies section.

Updated on July 20, 2021
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