Promotion & Retention Policy

The Promotion and Retention Policy is intended to clearly articulate the board of education's intention to foster achievement, reduce the incidence of social promotion and to foster standards for student accomplishment.

Promotion and Grade Placement

Students shall be placed at the appropriate grade level based on the number of credits earned each year. Accordingly, the following minimum number of credits must be earned for each grade level to be promoted, based on a twenty-three (23)-credit graduation requirement.

Grade 10 5.0 credits
Grade 11 10.0 credits
Grade 12 15.0 credits

Each student will be required to maintain a schedule of 5.0 credits plus 0.5 credits for physical education.[1]

Credits earned at other accredited high schools [2] will be accepted for transfer.


Only those students who earned a sufficient number of credits shall be promoted to the next grade level. Students shall be retained at the end of the school year if they do not have sufficient credits to progress to the next grade.

The school administration may promote a student at any time during the school year when evidence has been received that the student has earned a sufficient number of credits for advancement.

Legal Reference:

Connecticut General Statutes
10-221(b) boards of education to prescribe rules
Public Act 99-288


September 5, 2000


July 10, 2001


June 4, 2002

[1] The minimum credit requirement may be waived for students entering their senior year with 18 or more earned credits in conjunction with an individual plan of study, approved by the director of guidance and principal.

[2]Transfer credits must be earned from an accredited high school recognized by a regional accrediting agency, such as the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Inc., and the State Department of Education in which state the high school is located.

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