Middle school is a phase for students between being a child and a teen. Responsibility and maturity are beginning to develop. Children may not feel that they fit into their environment for several different reasons. If your child seems too academically advanced for the coursework and is bored with class, it may be possible for him or her to advance to the next grade level. Skipping a grade in middle school is a decision that is based on several different factors.
Each state has its own right to create laws pertaining to education Within the state, school systems also have their own guidelines. Research the laws for your state and system relating to grade skipping. Most districts have policies posted on their websites. Check promotion policies and advanced placement guidelines. Knowing the laws before discussing your desires will make you more informed for meetings with school personal.
Your child's school will likely not suggest that he or she skip a grade. It is often left for the parents to begin the process. Discuss your concerns with your child's school teacher, counselor and administration. If you do not receive a response from this level, move your request to the system board of education. Talk about issues such as boredom in class and the ease that your child has completing the work.
The scores that your child receives on test are a good indication if he or she will be permitted to skip a grade. Middle school students participate in state standardized tests, writing assessments and ACT prep tests. The scores that your child receives compared to his or her peers will be analyzed. The higher your child scores above other students in the same grade level, the more likely he or she will be considered for grade skipping.
If it is found that your child appears ready to be promoted to the next grade level, further testing will take place. Gifted testing will determine if the child is at an advanced level compared to other students of the same age. This type of testing is not conducted with all students. You will probably be asked to attend a meeting with school personnel (counselors, administrators, gifted teachers) to discuss your child's abilities and give permission for the testing.
Some students are anxious about finishing school and are ready to move to the next level, especially if they have not been challenged. However, other students are content with their educational ease and current environment. Middle school students are mature enough to begin having some opinion in their education. The attitude of the child toward grade skipping will also be used to determine if the advanced placement will occur.