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Date Adopted: April 27, 1981
Date Revised: December 17, 1990

1. Purpose

  1. The School District of Philadelphia is committed to excellence in student accomplishment and recognizes the contribution of a System-Wide Student Promotion Program toward moving all schools to models of achievement. Such a program shall recognize that the personal, social, academic, and physical growth varies with the individual student and, accordingly, each shall be placed in the educational setting most appropriate to his/her current needs .

2. Authority
  1. The Superintendent shall have the responsibility to develop and maintain a System Wide Student Promotion Program based on uniform achievement standards for each grade .

3. Guidelines
  1. Provisions of this program shall be published in an official guide which shall be placed in each school and in other appropriate offices .



  3. Promotion and/or retention of students shall occur annually at the close of the school year. In regard to the timing of such action, exceptions to this guideline can be made by the principal after consultation with the teacher(s) and with the approval of the district superintendent .

  5. Successful completion of course requirements through attendance at a School District summer school shall be given credit in making promotion decisions .

Board of Education Resolution 3/25/85

State School Code: Sections 1531, 1611, 1613