Bellingham Public Schools recognizes that the rate of physical, social, emotional and academic growth will vary among individual students. Since each student grows at his/her own rate, these individual growth characteristics will be recognized in classroom programming.
After a student has successfully completed a year of study at a specific grade level, he/she will be promoted to the next grade. Retention at the same grade may be beneficial to the student when he/she is not demonstrating minimum competency in basic skill subjects in relation to ability and grade level. Retention should not be considered, except in these instances where there is a strong likelihood that the student will benefit with minimum social and emotional disruption. Retention and/or promotion guidelines established by the district should be followed when retention or promotion is being considered.
The superintendent will establish procedures, which provide that parents will be informed at least one (1) quarter in advance of any retention and/or promotion decision on the part of the school.