Student placement policies are based on the philosophy that students benefit most from an educational
program appropriate to their academic ability, their physical maturation, and a student’s social development.
Most students make regular progress and are promoted to the next grade level.
However, special individual circumstances may indicate a need for student retention or acceleration.

All academic classes are equally important. Grades earned in Armenian language, Armenian Studies, English,
Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies receive equal emphasis when promotion or retention is considered.

 

PROMOTION

The following policy makes up the minimum academic expectations of students:

Elementary (Grades K – 5):

Six chronological years of progress through grades is the standard expectancy from students.
Students demonstrating difficulty in mastering basic skills usually are identified as early as in their primary grades (K-2).

To be promoted to the next grade level, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Master the basic skills in all academic classes.
  • Have no “F” grades at the end of the academic year in any class.
  • Attend at least 85% of school days regularly, except in special circumstances.
  • Receive Elementary School Academic Advisor’s recommendation for promotion.

Students who fail to meet the above criteria must repeat the class. Failing students will be given the opportunity  to attend summer school and upon successful completion of the course material, will be promoted to the next  grade level.

Middle School (Grades 6 – 8):

To be promoted to the next grade level, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Achieve an overall GPA of “C” or better by the end of the academic year.
  • Have no “F” grades in any course at the end of the academic year.
  • Attend at least 85% of school days, except in special circumstances.
  • Good Citizenship

Students who fail to meet the above criteria will repeat their grade. Failing students will be given the opportunity to
attend  summer school and upon successful completion of the course material, will be promoted to the next grade level.  In some cases, upon approval of the Principal, a student may follow directed study instead of attending summer school.

High School (Grades 9 – 12):

To be promoted to the next grade level, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Achieve an overall GPA of “C” (2.0) or better by the end of the academic year.
  • Have no “F” grades at the end of each semester in any course.
  • Attend at least 85% of school days regularly, except in special circumstances.
  • Good Citizenship.

If a student’s grade is “F” in a course at the end of any or both semesters, he/she must repeat the course through
summer school before getting promoted to the next grade level. Students with “D” grades who are planning to
attend a 4-year college must also repeat the “D” grade course to attain a “C” grade or better.

 

RETENTION

Retention is intended as a means to improve the student’s potential success in the future and is not a punitive
measure.
A student will not advance to next grade level if he/she has less than 1.0 GPA and/or three “F” grades.

Students in grades K-8, who have attained failing scores during the first semester, must raise their grades to “C” or  better at the end of the second semester to be able to move on to the next grade level.
Failure to reach such level may be cause for class retention.

To retain a student, the following procedures are followed:

·    At the end of the 3rd quarter, parents of failing students will be warned about possible class retentions.
·    After the class retention warning, the academic advisor or a representative of the Administration will   meet  with the students to discuss the shortcomings and suggest remedies.
·    Parents will be informed of the reasons for retention and they will be involved in the process to resolve  the situation.
·    A final conference among the parent(s), student, Academic Advisor, and the Principal will take place before students are retained.
·    The Principal ultimately decides if a student will be retained.

 

ACCELERATION

Under special circumstances, the Principal, taking into consideration teachers’ recommendations as well as
student’s level of achievement, age, maturity, and other factors, may allow acceleration.