Secondary Grading and Reporting

FCPS is committed to being a responsive, caring, and inclusive culture where all feel valued, supported, and hopeful. Research tells us that a sense of hope and a sense of belonging are important to student learning. As we think about the next school year, educators, parents, and students may have concerns about the academic impact of learning during the pandemic. We believe we must prioritize hope and the excitement for learning by connecting students with peers and school staff as they reenter the school buildings.  This will help students regain a sense of belonging that will provide a strong foundation for learning. To that end, as a division, we will favor promotion over retention, and we encourage families to do the same. We will honor each child’s strengths and challenges as we move forward together in 2021-22.


Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to consistent grading regulation and practices where grades are an accurate reflection of student learning. The current policies include the separation of achievement and work habits, guidance on providing students additional opportunities to demonstrate proficiency, and the importance of ongoing communication with students and parents.

Progress Report Message and Grading Scale

Middle and high school progress reports include a general message to parents and grading scale descriptions. Official translations are available below.

Middle School (PDFs)

High School (PDFs)