Grade Placement Policy

 

A student’s grade level is determined upon initial enrollment and is written on the Master Student Agreement.  If at any point an EF or parent feels that a student should repeat a grade level, the situation must be discussed with the Director of Education prior to making the change on the Master Student Agreement.

 

TK-8

If a K-8 student is coming to GVCS from another school, the grade level is typically based on the student’s grade level at the previous school. If no previous school was attended, grade level can be determined by the legal need to be (or have been) 5 years old by the cutoff date in the year of entry into kindergarten and proceeding chronologically for each grade level.

Kindergarten

  • A child shall be admitted to kindergarten at the beginning of a school year, or at any later time in the same school year, if the child will have his or her fifth birthday on or before September 1. The GVCS governing board will not grant parent requests to waive the kindergarten entrance cutoff date.

Transitional Kindergarten (TK)

  • A child shall be admitted to transitional kindergarten at the beginning of a school year, or at a later time in the same year if the child will have his or her fifth birthday between September 2 and December 2.
  • A child who has his or her fifth birthday after December 2, but on or before the last day of enrollment for the school year, shall be admitted to transitional kindergarten once he or she reaches his or her fifth birthday.

First Grade

  • For first grade enrollment, California law requires a child to be six years old on or before September 1 to be legally eligible for first grade (EC Section 48010). The school, with parental input, may determine whether the six-year-old student will be enrolled in kindergarten or first grade.

 

Students may be placed at their age appropriate grade level or below grade level, but not above grade level. A student may work in curriculum at higher levels that match their ability, but the grade level in our records must not go above the level determined by their age.

 

If the grade level placement the parent desires differs from that indicated in the prospective assignment, contact the Director of Education prior to signing the master agreement.

 

High School 

Upon initial enrollment, students of high school age (14 or above) should be placed in a grade level based on the number of credits they have earned on their transcript, according to the following general guideline:

 

0-50 credits = 9th grade

51-100 credits = 10th grade

101-150 credits = 11th grade

151+ credits = 12th grade

 

Exceptions to this guideline include students who have completed more credits than would typically correspond to their age. For example, a 14-year old with 100 credits will be enrolled as a 9th grader. In such a case, the student could possibly complete high school during his/her 11th grade year. Thus, students who have earned credits prior to attaining typical high school age will, upon reaching high school age (14 years old), be placed in 9th grade regardless of the number of credits they have earned.  For example, a 13-year old with high school credits would be placed in 8th grade. However, if s/he turned 14 prior to the beginning of the school year, s/he would be placed in 9th grade even if s/he had already earned 120 credits.

 

In all cases, it is mandatory for a student to show satisfactory progress toward graduation. GVCS has identified attempting at least 25 credits per semester as satisfactory progress. Attempting does not mean merely “signing up for” 25 credits. Rather, it means a serious endeavor towards, and the completion of at least most of, 25 credits. EFs with students having difficulty in this area should contact Monica.

 

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