505.2 Student Promotion - Retention - Acceleration


 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 retention of a student will be determined on the judgment of the certified staff and the building principal.  When retention of a student in grades kindergarten through eight is being given serious thought, parents shall be consulted and kept well informed early on and in an ongoing manner.

 In the event school officials do not feel a student qualifies for promotion, and the parents/guardians are unwilling to retain that student, the student will not be promoted but will be assigned to the next grade level.

 Students in grades nine through twelve will be informed of the required coursework necessary to graduate each year.  When it becomes evident a student in these grades will be unable to meet the graduation requirements, the parents will be informed.  It shall be within the sole discretion of the board to deny graduation to a student.


Students with one or more exceptional abilities who, in the judgment of administrative and certified personnel, would benefit from acceleration in the education program may take classes in areas beyond their current grade level or participate in other approve forms of acceleration.  Parents shall be contacted and agree to the acceleration of the student.



Legal Reference:                    Iowa Code §§256.11, 279.8, 280.3 (1989).

                                                670 Iowa Admin. Code 3.3(12).

                                                281 Iowa Admin. Code 12.3(7) (new standards)