Attendance and Promotion

  • Under Delaware law, students between the ages of 5 and 16 are required to attend some form of schooling.  To start school, the child must be 5 years old by August 31. Students 16 to 18 years old must attend some form of schooling unless they have written permission from their parents to the contrary.

    A student who has four (4) unexcused absences in a school year is considered truant.  If a child is truant, parents/guardians and students may be subjected to legal action.  Please contact your child’s school with questions about your child’s attendance record.

    To be promoted to the next grade level, a student must: 

    • Receive a D or better in all grade level required courses.
    • Attend classes for at least 85% of instructional time in any given school year.  


    The student’s Individual Education Program (IEP) team and the building principal will make the decision to promote special education students.

    Students with limited English and students who have been held back for two years will be promoted by a decision made by the school’s principal and staff.

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