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PROMOTION STANDARDS

 

The following standards are used to determine whether or not a student is eligible for promotion to the next grade level. A maximum of two retentions is allowed for a student.

Students in Grades 1-6:

  1. The student must have an overall “C” average for the year in their core subjects (math, English, reading, science, social studies).

  1. The student must have a passing grade in each subject for the year.

  1. If a student has a yearly average of “F” in a subject, the student must go to summer school or receive school-approved tutoring and receive a passing grade before promotion to the next grade level. The student will be reevaluated in August to determine if the student is prepared to proceed to the next grade.

  1. If a student has a yearly average of “D” or “F” in reading or mathematics, a recommendation to retain may be made. The recommendation could be, however, to reevaluate the student in August to determine promotion if a successful summer school program is completed. If a child has a “C” or better in reading and mathematics but makes an “F” for the yearly average in two or more subjects, a promotion will not be granted unless a successful summer school program is completed. The final decision is made by the Head of School and Academic Dean.

  1. If three or more subjects are failed in a year, the student will be retained.

Double Academic Promotion

Students will be considered for double academic promotion (i.e., skipping a grade) if all of the following criteria are met:

  1. The student must have been at SCS for at least one complete academic year

  2. The student must have completed either third, fourth, or fifth grade. Double academic promotion is not available for students who have not completed third grade, and it is not for those who have completed sixth grade and beyond.

  3. The student must have earned report card grades of 95+ in every subject.

  4. The student must perform in the 95th+ percentile on all tested sections of a norm-referenced assessment (MAP).

  5. The student must be approved for double academic promotion by an appointed committee. The Head of School and Academic Dean will serve on the committee and will select other faculty representatives to serve. The committee will review all documentation and make a decision based on the pieces of evidence for double academic promotion. The decision of the committee is final.

  6. The student’s current teacher must provide a confidential letter of recommendation for the committee’s review. The letter should include indicators as to whether or not the student has the emotional maturity and social skills to successfully navigate the grade being considered. Additionally, the teacher should note pieces of evidence of the student’s academic maturity.

  7. The student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) must provide a confidential letter of recommendation for the committee’s review.

  8. The student must submit a confidential statement of his/her desire for double academic promotion for the committee’s review.

Students in Grades 7–12:

  1. For grades 7 through 8, students grades for both semesters of a full year course will be averaged together to obtain the grade for the year. For grades 9 through 12, students must have a passing grade in each subject for each semester.

  1. Subjects failed must be passed during the summer in an approved summer school and/or distance learning program or repeated the following year.

  1. Students failing three or more subjects will not be promoted or re-enrolled without Board approval.

  1. For purposes of athletic eligibility, refer to the section relating to Athletics and Co-curricular activities eligibility on page 56 of the SCS Student Handbook.Click here:

 

 

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