The Board believes that a student should be placed in the grade level and classes that best meet the
student's academic needs, after consultation with the student's parent/guardian. A student's social
and emotional needs will also be considered, to the extent that they affect academic progress.
Although the district will first consider placing students in grade levels or classes with students of
similar age, age will not necessarily be the determining factor. Further, any student's placement may
be adjusted by the principal or designee as needed, after consultation with the student's
parent/guardian. The district's administrative staff will make the final decision regarding assignment
of students to grade levels or classes. Students receiving special education services will be placed
in accordance with law.
Transfers from Accredited Schools
For the purposes of this policy, an "accredited school" is the Missouri Virtual Instruction Program
(MoVIP); a private agency where students with disabilities are placed by a public school; or any
school or school district accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary
Education (DESE), the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), the Independent
Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) or the University of Missouri Committee on
Accredited Schools Non-Public (CAS). If a school or school district is located in another state or
country, that school or school district must be accredited by that state's or country's department of
education, NCA, ISACS or the equivalent agencies.
In general, if a student transfers to the St. Charles R-VI School District from an accredited school,
this district will accept the units of credit completed in the previous school or school district and rely
on the grade-level placement in the previous school to the extent that it coincides with the district's
program. However, the district may adjust the student's placement as needed to meet his or her
educational needs, after consultation with the student's parent/guardian.
All credits must be equated to the Carnegie Unit as defined in Missouri. Only credits that correspond
to course offerings accepted by the Missouri State Board of Education or by the St. Charles R-VI
School District may be accepted to meet graduation requirements.
Transfers from Unaccredited Schools
For the purposes of this policy an "unaccredited school" is any public or private school or school
district or home school that does not meet the definition of "accredited" above.
In general, if a student transfers to the St. Charles R-VI School District from an unaccredited school,
the principal or designee will examine a number of criteria to determine grade-level or class
placement including age, achievement tests or other performance data, transcripts, course
descriptions, textbooks used and home-schooling logs. If necessary, the district will administer
additional tests to aid placement decisions. Once placed, the district may further adjust the student's
placement to meet his or her educational needs, after consultation with the student's parent/guardian.
The district will attempt to award credit for classes completed in previous schools if there is
sufficient evidence of achievement. All credits must be equated to the Carnegie Unit as defined in
Missouri. Only credits that correspond to course offerings accepted by the Missouri State Board of
Education or by the St. Charles R-VI School District may be accepted to meet graduation
Transfers of Students of Military Families
If a transfer student is in the household of an active duty member of the military, including some
veterans who are deceased or injured as defined by law, the district will initially place the student
in the same courses and programs the student was in while attending the previous district, to the
extent the district offers such courses and programs. Such placements may include, but are not
limited to: honors classes; vocational, technical and career pathway courses; and International
Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, English Language Learner and gifted programs. After
placement, the district may perform additional evaluations to ensure that the student has been placed
appropriately and may change the student's placement after consultation with the student's
Transfers of Students in Foster Care
Students in foster care will be placed in courses and programs pursuant to law and the district's
policy on foster care students.
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Note: The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this section
for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures and/or forms for
Revised: 03/13/2008; 06/11/2009; 04/11/2013
Cross Refs: IGBA, Programs for Students with Disabilities
IGBCA, Programs for Homeless Students
IGBE, Students in Foster Care
IKF, Graduation Requirements
IKFB, Graduation Exercises
Legal Refs: §§ 160.2000, 161.670, 167.031, 171.171, RSMo.
5 C.S.R. 20-100.230
St. Charles R-VI School District, St. Charles, Missouri
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