Promotion & Retention

In general, children should be placed at the grade level to which they are best adjusted academically, socially, and emotionally. The educational program shall provide for the continuous progress of children from grade to grade, with children spending one year in each grade.

The following premises form the basis for the promotion/retention policy of the Howell Public Schools:

  1. Early identification of learning difficulties is essential in order to provide prompt, effective treatment and avoid the development of a pattern of failure.


  2. Retention in primary grades (K-3) is preferable; however, a child may be retained at any grade level when deemed necessary.


  3. Appropriate interventions will be attempted and documented prior to consideration of retention.


  4. In-grade retention must be considered on an individual basis.


  5. Retention must be viewed as an appropriate placement for maximal learning rather than as punishment for failure.


  6. Middle School students who fail one academic subject or more (Lang. Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages), for the academic year will not participate in the graduation ceremony. Those students who fail two academic subjects (Lang. Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages), for the academic year are not eligible for promotion unless they re-take one of the failures and successfully pass it in summer instruction. Academic subjects must be retaken in the following sequence: Lang.Arts and/or Math, Science, and Social Studies.


  7. Middle school students who fail two academic subjects (Lang. Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies and World Languages), for the academic year are not eligible for promotion unless they re-take two of the failures and successfully pass it in summer instruction. Academic subjects must be retaken in the following sequence: Lang. Arts and/or Math, Science, and Social Studies.


  8. Middle school students who fail four academic subjects (Lang. Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages), for the academic year will be retained.


  9. The requirements for graduation from elementary school of an educationally handicapped pupil shall be set forth in the pupil's individualized education program. Completion of those specialized requirements shall qualify the pupil for graduation and entry to secondary school.

(Reference: Board of Education Policy #513)


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