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Academic Development

MIDDLE SCHOOL PROMOTION REQUIREMENTS

Throughout middle school, a well-balanced educational program including mathematics, English, reading, science, social studies, career and technical education, fine arts or exploratory classes, health, and physical education is emphasized. Students who successfully complete all middle school coursework are prepared for the rigors of high school and the End-of-Course Exams. The Nevada State Board of Education and the Clark County School District have adopted promotion standards and regulations to ensure students are academically prepared.

STATE OF NEVADA REGULATION FOR PROMOTION TO HIGH SCHOOL

Students enrolled in the 8th grade:
According to Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) 389.445, students must complete 1½ (one and one-half) credits in mathematics, 1½ (one and one-half) credits in English or reading, 1 (one) credit in science, and 1 (one) credit in social studies with a passing grade during seventh and eighth grade for promotion to high school.  ½ (one-half) credit is the equivalent of one semester.


CLARK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICY AND REGULATION 5123

Clark County School District Policy and Regulation 5123 – Promotion, Retention, and Demotion of Students – sets the standard for promotion from sixth to seventh grade, from seventh to eighth grade, and from eighth grade to high school.

  • Pupils enrolled in grade 6 must complete ½ (one-half) credit with a passing grade in mathematics, ½ (one-half) credit with a passing grade in English or reading, and ½ (one-half) credit with a passing grade in science for promotion to grade 7.
  • Pupils enrolled in grade 7 must complete ½ (one-half) credit with a passing grade in mathematics, ½ (one-half) credit with a passing grade in English or reading, ½ (one-half) credit with a passing grade in science, and ½ (one-half) credit with a passing grade in social studies for promotion to grade 8.
  • Pupils enrolled in grade 8 must complete 1½ (one and one-half) credits with a passing grade in mathematics, 1½ (one and one-half) credits with a passing grade in English or reading, 1 (one) credit with a passing grade in science, and 1 (one) credit with a passing grade in social studies during their seventh and eighth grade years for promotion to high school. An eighth grade student who does not meet promotion requirements may be promoted to high school on academic probation provided the student meets the criteria below.  A parent or guardian may elect not to place his/her child on academic probation but to remain in grade 8.

High School Academic Probation

Although a student may be promoted to high school on academic probation, summer school credit retrieval is recommended to improve academic skills and to prepare for success in high school. Successful completion of required summer school courses may remove a student from academic probation.

An eighth grade student who has not met the promotion requirements may be promoted to the ninth grade on academic probation provided at least one of the following criteria has been met:

  1. Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) scores meet or exceed standards in ALL of the area(s) of credit deficiency; OR
  2. Credits have been earned in ALL of the core area(s):  English or reading, mathematics, science, and social studies; however, the student is deficient ONLY ½ (one-half) credit of the five total credits required for promotion; OR
  3. A student reaches the age of 16 (sixteen) on or before the final school day of the year in which the student would otherwise be retained.

High School Academic Probation will consist of the appropriate remediation in the subject area(s) in which the student failed to pass in middle school.  Remediation may include, but is not limited to a minimum of one semester of remedial instruction in the deficient subject area(s) during the ninth grade year.  The student must earn a passing grade in the remediation course(s) in order to be removed from academic probation.  A student may be placed on academic probation for more than one semester.

 
An eighth grade student not meeting criteria for promotion to 9th grade and not meeting the criteria for academic probation may be retained in the eighth grade for the following school year without limitation.  A retained eighth grade student may not be promoted mid-year.