Brandywine School District Policy on Promotion and Retention


    The Brandywine School District Code of Student Conduct contains the complete mandatory attendance requirements of the State of Delaware and the Brandywine Board of Education.  



    Under Delaware law, students between the ages of 5 (as of August 31st) and 16 are required to attend some form of schooling.  In addition, students between the ages of 16 and 18 years of age must attend some form of schooling unless they have written permission from their parents to the contrary.  Under Title 14 of the Delaware Code, Chapter 27, a student in the public school system who has three (3) unexcused absences in a school year is considered truant under the law subjecting parents/legal guardians and students to possible legal action.  Parents of Brandywine School District students are encouraged to contact your child’s school with particular questions regarding your child’s attendance record.


    Brandywine School District Policy on Promotion and Retention


    Elementary students’ academic and social skills progress is reported to parents three times per year using a standards-based report card that details strengths and skills to improve in regard to achieving end of year State Standards.  In addition to this standards mark, students in the 4th and 5th Grades also receive letter grades that indicate quality of work for the marking period.  Secondary students receive report cards on a quarterly basis using a standard ten-point letter grade system.  Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher with specific questions regarding classroom assignment and assessment grading.


    Click Here for Board of Education Policies and Regulations on Promotion and Retention.


    In Summary:


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

    • Receive a passing mark (equivalent to a D or better) in grade level Reading, Language Arts, and Mathematics, and/or any course required by the Board or Delaware Department of Education for the particular grade level.
    • Receive instruction for at least 85% of the time established by the District Calendar in any given school year. 

    For students receiving special education under Title 14 of the Delaware Code, Chapter 31 and IDEIA, the students’ Individual Education Program (IEP) team, along with the building principal will make the decision to retain or promote the student based on the requirements of the Board Policy. 


    Administrative Assignments to the next grade level will be made for Limited English Proficiency students and for students who have already been retained for two years for academic reasons.