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Middle and High School Promotion Requirements

Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise

Middle School Promotion Policy

Students shall progress through grade levels by demonstrating growth in learning and meeting standards of expected student achievement.

As early as possible in the school year in students’ school careers, the principal or designee shall identify students who may be at risk of retention in accordance with law, Board policy, and the following criteria:

  • Teachers’ grades in courses. Middle school students must successfully complete at least half of their courses to be promoted to the next grade.
  • State-wide achievement test scores (eg California Standards tests).
  • Other performance-based assessments as designated by the school principal.
  • In the case of English Language Learners, student progress towards proficiency in the use of the English Language.
  • In the case of special education students, individual progress toward completion of Individualized Education Program (IEP) objectives.

When a student in grades 6-8 is retained or recommended for retention, the principal or designee shall offer programs of direct, systematic and intensive supplemental instruction in accordance with Education Code 37252.2 to assist the student in overcoming his/her academic deficiencies. Such opportunities may include but are not limited to tutorial programs, after-school programs, and summer school programs.

When a student is identified as being at risk of retention or recommended for retention, the principal or designee shall so notify the student’s parent or guardian in writing as early in the school year as practical. The student’s parent/guardian shall be provided with an opportunity to consult the teachers responsible for the decision to promote or retain the student. (Education Code 48070.5)

The principal/designee shall also provide a copy of the school’s promotion/retention guidelines to those parents/guardians who have been notified that his/her child is eligible for retention.

Before retaining a student, the principal or designee shall determine that:

  • The student has not met standards of expected student achievement.
  • Remedial help has been provided consistently but has not sufficiently prepared the student for advancement.
  • Appropriate support targeted to the student’s needs and maturity will be provided in addition to retention.

To repeal a retention decision, the appealing party shall submit a written request to the principal specifying the reasons that the decision should be overruled. The request shall be placed on the subsequent Board of Director’s agenda and shall be resolved within 60 days.

High School Promotion Policy 

High school promotion is contingent upon earned credits as outlined below:

Grade Level Number of Credits Earned Number of courses Passed
Freshman – Ninth Grade 0-55 Credits 0-5.5
Sophomore – Tenth Grade 60-110 Credits 6-11
Junior – Eleventh Grade 115-165 Credits 11.5-16.5
Senior – Twelfth Grade 170-220 Credits 17-22

Adopted July 15, 2013

For high school graduation criteria, please visit High School Graduation Requirements