Retention/Promotion Policy

 Promotion/Retention/Acceleration of Pupils


Promotion/Retention: Regular Students

Middle School Grades

To be promoted to the next grade level, a student must satisfactorily complete the school’s regular program of studies and pass a minimum of 75% of four core classes (math, science, language arts, and social studies). The student must receive a passing grade (60% or above) in at least six of the eight core semester classes.

Students who do not make adequate grades to be promoted to the next grade level should enroll in a twenty-day summer-school program, at their expense, to make up their credit(s). To receive summer-school credit, a student must attend 90% of the classes and make a passing grade in the subject(s) taken. Failure to sign up for summer school, attend 90% of the time, and make a passing grade in the summer-school program will result in the student repeating the grade the following school year.


The possibility of student retention will be discussed with a parent/guardian no later than six weeks before the end of the school year. Each school will organize a retention and promotion committee to be comprised of at least an administrator, a counselor, and a teacher who will review the case of a student who has not passed the minimum number of semester classes required. The committee will make a recommendation to the principal. The decision will be based on a wide range of factors with the interests of the individual as the basic consideration. The principal is authorized to waive either or both of the above requirements for student promotion.


High School

Academically, the first year of a student’s high school career is grade nine. Promotion from grade eight to grade nine follows the middle grades format for promotion. See paragraph above.


A student’s classification in high school is determined by the number of accumulated high school credits the student has earned.