Series: Series4000     Sub Series: 4000     Policy Number: 4751
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The concept of individualized learning requires that students be allowed flexibility in their educational planning. Based on a determination as to the academic and social needs of the students, acceleration may be affected after consultation among school authorities, the student, and parents.

7th and 8th Grade Acceleration

The district allows acceleration in 8th grade mathematics and in at least one of the following areas, as required by the regulations of the Commissioner of Education:

1. Science

2. Languages Other Than English

3. English

4. Social Studies

5. Art

6. Music

7. Career and Technical Education

Criteria for acceleration will be jointly determined by the high school and middle school staff and will include academic ability, maturity, and task orientation.

Testing Out

Students may earn a maximum of six and one half units of credit without completing units of study if the student meets all of the following criteria:

1. Based upon the student’s past academic performance, the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee determines that the student will benefit academically by exercising this alternative.

2. The student is in attendance at school in accordance with the Education Law.

3. The student achieves a score of at least 85 percent, or its equivalent as determined by the Commissioner of Education, on a state developed or state approved examination.

4. The student passes an oral examination or successfully completes a special project to demonstrate proficiency as determined by the Building Principal or his/her designee.

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