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Promotion/Retention Standards
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Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Promotion/Retention standards for Clark-Shaw Magnet School differ from those of other Mobile County Public Schools:

At Clark-Shaw Magnet School the instructional program is advanced or accelerated.

In keeping the commitment to provide a rigorous academic program, the student must achieve a minimum yearly average of 70% in each subject in order to be promoted to the next grade at Clark-Shaw Magnet School.

With the principal's approval, the student who fails to achieve the yearly average of 70% in each subject may be retained in that grade at CSMS.  However, if the student achieves the System promotion standard of 60% while in the magnet program, the parent/student may elect to withdraw from the magnet program and enroll in the school that serves his/her geographical area and be subject to the promotion guidelines of the system.

*********** Students may not attend summer school for promotion at CSMS. *********


Homework will be assigned for each academic subject.  If prerequisite skills have not been mastered, some assignments may require additional time for some students.  Special assignments may vary from the guideline from time to time.  Homework is designed to provide necessary reinforcement for concepts and skills taught during the school day.  It is not given to introduce new materials.  Enrichment assignments are tailored to the individual child and may be given when the teacher feels it is appropriate for the student.

The main value of homework, in addition to reinforcement, is the experience it gives the student to work on his/her own.  Therefore, students are expected to do homework independently.  Taking the assignment home, completing the work and remembering to bring the work in are all important processes in developing responsibility.  Homework is a part of the student's total education process and his/her commitment to the school program.  All work must be turned in on or before the due date.  No late assignments will be accepted.

Grading Procedures

The policy for grading at Clark-Shaw Magnet School is as follows:




Below 70 is failing.


Academic Progress Notification to Parents

  a. Progress Reports:  Parents will be notified of their child's academic progress throughout the year in each subject.  Progress reports will be issued every four weeks and report cards will be issued at the end of the quarter.

  b. STI Home:  Parents are able to check their child's grades via the internet using the child's personal identification number (PIN) and social security number.  The PIN is provided by the school.

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