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St. Francis Area Schools
A PreK-12 public school district serving the communities of Athens Township, Andover, Bethel, East Bethel, Linwood Township, Nowthen, Oak Grove, St. Francis and Stanford Township

413 Student Promotion, Retention and Program Design


The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance to professional staff, parents and students regarding student promotion, retention and program design.


The school board expects all students to achieve at an acceptable level of proficiency. Parental assistance, tutorial and remedial programs, counseling and other appropriate services shall be coordinated and utilized to the greatest extent possible to help students succeed in school.

A. Promotion

Students who achieve at levels deemed acceptable by local and state standards shall be promoted to the next grade level at the completion of each school year.

B. Retention

Retention of a student may be considered when professional staff and parents feel that it is in the best interest of the student. Physical development, maturity, and emotional factors shall be considered as well as scholastic achievement. The superintendent’s decision shall be final.

C. Program Design

  1. The superintendent, with participation of the professional staff and parents, shall develop and implement programs to challenge students that are consistent with the needs of students at every level. A procedure for screening and identifying students for program assignment shall be developed in coordination with such programs. Opportunities for special programs and placement outside of the school district shall also be developed as additional options.
  2. The school district will adopt procedures for the academic acceleration of gifted and talented students. These procedures will include how the school district will:
    a. assess a student’s readiness and motivation for acceleration; and
    b. match the level, complexity, and pace of the curriculum to a student to achieve the best type of academic acceleration for that student.

Legal References

Minn. Stat. § 120B.15 Gifted and Talented Program
Minn. Stat. § 123B.143, Subd. 1 Superintendents

Cross References

ISD 15 Policy 313 Graduation Requirements
ISD 15 Policy 314 School District Testing Plan and Procedure
ISD 15 Policy 315 State Mandated Testing, Accommodations, Modifications, and Exemptions for IEP, Section 504 Accommodation, and LEP Students
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 617 School District Ensurance of Preparatory and High School Standards
ISD 15 Policy 318 Assessment of Standard Achievement
ISD 15 Policy 320 Credit for Learning

Adopted: June 13, 2016

School Board
Independent School District 15
St. Francis, Minnesota

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