Policy 607 - Organization of Grade Levels

Revised: January 17, 2017

I. PURPOSE

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

II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY

A. The policy of the school district is to address the groupings of grade levels as recognized in Minn. Stat. § 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 3 through 12
    • Educational Options Grades K through 12

B. 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.

III. DEFINITIONS

A. “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.

B. “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 (Public Schools)
  • Minn. Stat. § 123B.02, Subd. 2 (General Powers of Independent School Districts)

Revised: April 15, 2014
Reviewed: October 20, 2015
Revised: January 17, 2017