How to Skip a Grade at School: 11 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Skip a Grade at School: 11 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Skip a Grade at School: 11 Steps (with Pictures)

Think your high school grade isn't presenting academic challenges to match you? In this case, "skipping" the year may be the solution. While this is not a common practice in Brazil, the school's pedagogical council may be willing to offer a reclassification test for extraordinary students. It is important to assess whether you are academically ready for such a leap, in addition to the possible social consequences of changing classes, which can significantly impact your studies. Talk to your parents, teachers, and the school's pedagogical council to assess the options available to you.


Part 1 of 3: Getting to Know the Next Series

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Step 1. Check the curriculum for the next grade

Talk to a teacher or someone in the school administration to look at materials for the school year ahead of yours. Check out as much of the material as possible, including the required tests and assignments, to see if you can understand the concepts that will be presented.

  • This material can change your mind or make you even more convinced that this is the right choice.
  • For example, if you already understand math for the next year, you might be able to skip grades anyway.
  • If you're already reading your Portuguese class books at a fast pace, it's possible that next year's books may present a challenge that's more suitable for you.
  • Check out the exams for the next series to see if there's any material that seems impossible to you or if it's all just challenging but possible.
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Step 2. Consider the social impact of this change

Skipping a grade isn't just about studying, as you'll change classes and leave all your friends "behind." School is essential for teenagers' socialization, and everyday social experiences are just as valuable as academic experiences. That's why schools try to keep the same classes and adapt the content, rather than separating students according to their performance.

  • When skipping grades, you will likely study with older and more mature students than you are used to. If you still have a less mature personality, this can be a problem in forming friendships and other social bonds.
  • You won't necessarily lose your current friends, but this change will certainly affect your relationship. If changing the year means you're leaving all your friends behind, then maybe the process isn't all that worth it.
  • Skipping the year just to change friends is not usually a good idea either. The ideal is to learn social skills and mature according to setbacks, not just run away from them.
  • Skipping school can also affect your chances after graduation. For example, let's say you go up a year and finish high school at age 16. Many universities don't accept underage students, and many employers couldn't officially hire you either because of that. As academically ready as you may be for adulthood, you are not yet old enough to take the next step in your professional journey.
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Step 3. Assess the effect on extracurricular activities

Jumping grade will mean that you have to separate from your class for extracurricular activities such as football matches, theater plays and even the school marching band. As much as you don't necessarily have to forgo these activities, your schedules will change and you may have to compete with teams and other older individuals, which may not be fair.

  • These school elements are just as important as the lessons, and skipping a year can significantly affect your ability to participate in certain activities.
  • Skipping grades can also make you lose valuable time on a school team. By graduating early, your chances of getting a sports or art scholarship drop dramatically, as you will have spent less time on these activities.

Part 2 of 3: Showing You're Ready

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Step 1. Increase your grades and academic performance

The chances of you being able to convince the pedagogical body that you are ready to jump in series are slim if your report card is filled with bad grades. Do your best to have only new highs, making it clear that you are above the expected level for your age and that you are ready to move forward.

Don't fool around because you're bored and think you're superior. Even if the job is easy, do your best. Failing to deliver lessons or letting your grades drop are things that will make you unable to skip grades

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Step 2. Participate well in classes

By demonstrating that you are a good, participative student, you will make it clear to teachers that you are ready for a higher grade. Always ask questions that demonstrate your advanced abilities, but never be rude or sarcastic.

Deliver lessons and assignments on time, even if you consider tasks below your level

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Step 3. Study advanced skills you don't already know

To jump grade, you need to convince your parents and the school that you can motivate yourself to study and learn things on your own. That kind of skill is something that demonstrates that you are really ready to move forward a year.

For example, if you want to jump from seventh to eighth grade but have not yet learned trigonometry, borrow next year's textbook and study the main concepts of the subject

Step 4. Study while on vacation

It is possible that your school will have remedial and advance courses during the holidays, which can help you learn the subjects you would study in the year you are about to skip. If that's not an option, study at home on your own, anyway.

Part 3 of 3: Requesting reclassification at school

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Step 1. Wait for the end of the bimester or semester

Instead of asking you to skip a grade within the first week of school, wait a few months. Maybe you'll change your mind after facing some of the challenges of the current series. If you continue to think that everything is very easy after the first semester, then yes, request the change.

  • The first few weeks are usually of review and it's normal for things to get a little monotonous. You can bet that the classes will become more interesting with the arrival of new concepts.
  • As you assess the difficulties of the current school year, remember to get good grades! No fooling around just because you're finding everything easy.
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Step 2. Talk to your parents, your teachers, and the school's pedagogical council

It is impossible to skip a school year without the permission of your parents or guardians and the school. Talk to your teachers about the topic to see what they think. Explain your motivation and remind faculty of your academic performance to make it clear that you are ready for more advanced challenges.

For example, say something like, "All the 5th grade subjects seem pretty basic to me, and I think I'd feel more challenged in 6th grade. I've already gone through next year's learning materials, and I think I can learn what I need to quickly. !"

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Step 3. Learn about independent study methods

If the school does not allow you to change courses, it may offer some alternatives, such as remedial classes for advanced grades or extracurricular courses. Depending on your age or institution, you can:

  • Take classes online.
  • Study independently, but with the guidance of a teacher.
  • Take classes from a technical course.
  • Do an internship as a young apprentice in a local company or an NGO. For example, you might work at a community center, museum, or library.
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Step 4. Assess the possibility of homeschooling

Those who are educated by their parents at home can advance through the year at a different pace. As much as this requires a lot of work on your part and your parents, perhaps this is a viable option for you.

  • If the school does not allow you to skip grades, talk to your parents about the possibility of changing schools or homeschooling to go back to school in a higher grade. Be aware, however, that home education is not fully recognized or regulated in Brazil, being allowed only if authorized by the courts.
  • For example, if you finished second grade, you could get a homeschooling permit, taking third and fourth grade in a single year and returning to traditional school in fifth grade.


  • When reviewing a textbook, check it out thoroughly. Don't just stick to the first few chapters, as they usually focus on last year's review.
  • Jumping grade can be a good idea in a transitional year. For example, this tactic usually works best when changing school systems, such as when moving from elementary school to elementary school II.
  • If you're getting stressed out about the extra efforts involved in advancing the series, you might not be ready for it. There is no reason to try to unduly rush your studies.


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