The Board of Education recognizes that each child develops and grows in a unique pattern and that pupils should be placed in the educational setting most appropriate to their social, physical, and educational needs. Each pupil enrolled in this district shall be moved forward in a continuous program of learning in harmony with his/her own development.

Standards for pupil promotion shall be related to the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards and district goals and objectives and to the accomplishments of pupils. A pupil in the elementary grades will be promoted to the next succeeding grade level when he/she has completed the course requirements at the presently assigned grade; has achieved the instructional objectives set for the present grade; has demonstrated the proficiencies required for movement into the educational program of the next grade; and has demonstrated the degree of social, emotional, and physical maturation necessary for a successful learning experience in the next grade.

A high school pupil will be promoted to the next grade when he/she has completed, in the current school year, twenty-five percent of the credits required for high school graduation.

Promotion policies and procedures will be provided to parent(s) or legal guardian(s) as appropriate. Parent(s) or legal guardian(s) and pupils shall be regularly informed during the school year of the pupil’s progress toward meeting promotion standards. A teacher who determines that a pupil’s progress may not be sufficient to meet promotion standards shall notify the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) and the pupil and offer immediate consultation to the pupil’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s). Every effort shall be made to remediate a pupil’s deficiencies before retention is recommended. The parent(s) or legal guardian(s) and, where appropriate, the pupil shall be notified of the possibility of the pupil’s retention at grade level in advance.

Potential retentions are to follow a parent notification schedule as follows:

Initial Notice of Retention End of second marking period

Second Notice of Retention End of third marking period

Final Notice of Retention Last Day of School in June

School attendance shall be a factor in the determination of a pupil’s promotion or retention. Only extenuating circumstances should permit the promotion of a pupil who has been in attendance fewer than one hundred fifty days during the school year.

Classroom teachers shall recommend to the Building Principal the promotion or retention of each pupil. Parent(s) or legal guardian(s) and adult pupils may appeal a promotion or retention decision to the Superintendent whose decision shall be final.

N.J.S.A. 18A:35-4.9

Adopted: 21 April 2005

Revised: September 2010