Students will be promoted to the next grade level at the end of each school year based on the student's achievement, age, maturity, emotional stability, and social adjustment.
The district shall adhere to the following:
- Retention/Promotion in K-8th Grades: The retention of a student will be determined based upon the judgement of the district's professional staff. When it becomes evident a student in kindergarten through 8th grade may be retained in a grade level for an additional year, the parents will be informed prior to making the retention decision. It is within the sole discretion of the district to retain students in their current grade level and to deny promotion to a student.
- Retention/Promotion in 9th-12th Grades: Students in grades 9th through 12th will be informed of the required coursework necessary to be promoted each year. When it becomes evident a student in these grades will be unable to meet the minimum credit requirements for the year, the student and parents will be informed. It is within the sole discretion of the district to retain students in their current grade level and to deny promotion to a student.
- Accelerating in K-12th Grades: Students in kindergarten through 12th grades with exceptional talents may, with the permission of the principal and parents, take classes beyond their current grade level. Enrichment opportunities outside the school district may be allowed when they do not conflict with the school district's graduation requirements.
- Retention or acceleration in kindergarten through 12th grades may also occur in additional instances as provided by law.
Any student or parent who is not satisfied with the decision of the district's professional staff may seek recourse through Policy 502.12.
Reviewed: 6/11; 9/12; 2/15; 4/18; 6/21
Revised: 1/10; 10/13; 2/24
Related Policy: 605.31
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): 256.11, .41; 297.8; 281 IAC 12.5(16)