Students will be promoted or retained at the end of each school year based on their achievement, age, maturity, emotional stability, and social adjustment.
The promotion or retention of a student will be determined on the judgment of licensed personnel, the principal, and the associate superintendent. When, in the judgment of licensed personnel, a student's academic skill development is inadequate or a student's completion of grade level requirements is unsatisfactory, the possibility of retaining the student shall be discussed with the parents/guardians. The purpose of this discussion will be to clarify the concerns about the student's performance and to enlist the support of the parents/guardians in corrective action.
When, in the judgment of licensed personnel, a student needs to be retained in the same grade or class for another year, parents/guardians will be informed as early in the year as possible. Final decisions regarding retention are the responsibility of the associate superintendent. Parents/guardians and/or students may appeal such decisions to the superintendent.
Each year students in grades 9 through 12 will be informed of the required coursework necessary to graduate. When it becomes evident a student in these grades will be unable to meet the graduation requirements, the parents/guardians will be informed. Students who are determined to be unable to meet graduation requirements with their class will receive academic counseling to identify deficiencies and to create a remediation plan.
It is the responsibility of the superintendent in conjunction with the building principals to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy. In developing the regulations, the procedures for promotion and retention will be included.
Early graduation is allowed in accordance with Policy 605.31 Early Graduation.
Reviewed: 6/11; 9/12; 2/15; 4/18; 6/21
Revised: 1/10; 10/13
Related Policy (Code #): 605.31
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): 256.11, .41; 297.8; 281 IAC 12.5(16)