Policy 607 - Organization of Grade Levels


The purpose of this policy is to address the grade level organization of schools within the school district.

  1. The policy of the school district is to address the groupings of grade levels as recognized in Minnesota Statutes section 120A.05, as follows:
  • Early Childhood Program: Birth through age 5
  • Family Center Birth through age 5
  • Elementary Schools - Grades K through 5
    • Primary School Grades K-2
    • Intermediate School Grades 3-5
  • Secondary Schools - Grades 6-12
    • Middle School: Grades 6 through 8
    • High School: Grades 9 through 12

Student Services:

  • Area Learning Center (ALC) Grades 9 through 12
  • Princeton Online Academy Grades 9 through 12
  • Educational Options Grades K through 12
  1. The superintendent may seek school board approval to administer certain programs on a non-graded basis or a design different from that indicated. Program proposals that seek school board approval must meet all state requirements and reflect the rationale for the modification.
  2. The school district may request documentation that verifies a student falls within the school’s minimum and maximum age requirements for admission to publicly funded prekindergarten, preschool, kindergarten, or grades 1 through 12. Documentation may include a passport, a hospital birth record or physicians’ certificate, a baptismal or religious certificate, an adoption record, health records, immunization records, immigration records, previously verified school records, early childhood screening records, Minnesota Immunization INformation Connection records, or an affidavit from a parent.
  1. “Kindergarten” means a program designed for students five years of age on September 1 of the calendar year in which the school year commences that prepares students to enter first grade the following school year.
  2. “Prekindergarten” means a program designed for students younger than five years of age on September 1 of the calendar year in which the school year commences that prepares students to enter Kindergarten the following school year.

Legal References:

  • Minn. Stat. § 120A.05, Subds. 9, 10a, 11, 13, 17 (Definitions)
  • Minn. Stat. § 120A.020, Subd. 4 (Admission to Public School)
  • Minn. Stat. § 123B.02, Subd. 2 (General Powers of Independent School Districts)

Revised: April 15, 2014
Reviewed: October 20, 2015
Revised: January 17, 2017
Revised: February 19, 2019
Revised: November 17, 2020
Revised: June 20, 2023