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(Updated 5/30/2024)

We strive to personalize learning for each student and make individual decisions based on the long-term, best interest of the whole child within the guidelines of state compliance.

Mission Vista Academy has a board-approved Promotion, Acceleration, and Retention Policy (24-25 policy) which you should share with parents/guardians. Please review the policy if you receive a request from a parent about retaining a student (sometimes phrased as “holding back” a child or repeating a grade) or mid-year accelerated promotion (sometimes called “skipping a grade”). The policy includes important guidelines and timelines pertaining to these grade-level changes.

Grade-level changes (acceleration or retention) are never guaranteed and are always driven by student achievement data.


Grade-Level Corrections & Placement Topics

Grade-Level Corrections

If you notice that a student's grade level in School Pathways is not correct, please contact Gillian at gradelevelhelp@missionvistaacademy.org. Include the following information:

  • The student's first initial and last name
  • The student's District ID number
  • A brief note explaining the situation/correction

I will review the student's CALPADS record and request further documentation as needed.


Grade Level Placement Chart: 2023-2024 and 2024-2025

MVA's Enrollment Department places incoming students in a grade level based on their CALPADS record and/or their date of birth. Please refer to the chart linked below to see the appropriate grade-level placement for a child's date of birth.


Transitional Kindergarten & Kindergarten Topics

Transitional Kindergarten Eligibility

The TK eligibility birthdate ranges will change over the next few school years as California prepares to offer a universal pre-K program.

  • For the 2023-2024 school year, students who turn 5 between September 2nd, 2023 and April 2nd, 2024 will be eligible for Fall 2023 TK enrollment.
  • For the 2024-2025 school year, students who turn 5 between September 2nd, 2024 and June 2nd, 2025 will be eligible for Fall 2023 TK enrollment.
  • Please refer to this chart to see all changes between now and the 2025-2026 school year.


Transitional Kindergarten vs. Kindergarten

Here is a little clarification on TK versus KN.

  • During the 2023-2024 school year, only students whose date of birth falls between September 2nd, 2018 and April 2nd, 2019 are eligible for TK.
    • Students whose date of birth falls after April 2nd, 2019 will be eligible to enroll during the 2024-2025 school year.
  • During the 2024-2025 school year, only students whose date of birth falls between September 2nd, 2019 and June 2nd, 2020 are eligible for TK.
    • Students whose date of birth falls after June 2nd, 2020 will be eligible to enroll during the 2025-2026 school year.
  • Students born between September 2nd, 2017 and September 1st, 2018 will enroll in Kindergarten for the 23-24 school year.
  • Students born between September 2nd, 2018 and September 1st, 2019 will enroll in Kindergarten for the 24-25 school year.
  • Per California’s Education Code, we cannot enroll a student who turns 5 before September 2nd, 2023 in TK during the 23-24 school year. We enroll those students in KN.
    • For 24-25, we will not enroll a student who turns 5 before September 2nd, 2024 in TK. We will enroll those students in KN.


TK to KN Acceleration - Updated for 2024-2025


Kindergarten Continuance - Updated for 2024-2025

ICYMI: KN Continuance Back-to-School 2023 Slides and Presentation Recording

KN Continuance requests for the 2023-2024 school year are now open. Please read the HST guidelines document carefully before completing the survey. Questions? Contact Gillian at gradelevelhelp@missionvistaacademy.org.


Accelerated Promotion

Updated for 2024-2025

  • Start here: MVA Accelerated Promotion Guidelines for HSTs (2024-2025)
    • Available now
    • We only consider accelerated promotion requests during the fall semester of each school year.
    • We must complete all 8th-9th grade-level changes before the high school add-drop deadline (September 13th). That means that we must process all paperwork and change the student's grade in School Pathways before September 13th.
  • Information for Parents and Guardians: MVA Accelerated Promotion (2024-2025)
  • MVA Accelerated Promotion Survey (2024-2025)
    • I will open this survey on August 1st.
    • Please review the deadlines below.
    ICYMI: Accelerated Promotion Back-to-School 2023 Slides and Presentation Recording

Grade-Level Retention

Updated for 2023-2024

ICYMI: Grade-Level Retention Back-to-School 2023 Slides and Presentation Recording


2023-2024 Due Dates Related to Grade-Level Changes

  • Kindergarten Continuance Requests: We must process all KN Continuance requests and paperwork before you claim attendance for LP 1.
    • KN continuance requests for 2023-2024 are due by September 1st, 2023.
  • Accelerated Promotion Requests:
    • Grades KN-7: November 17th, 2023
    • Grade 8: August 25th, 2023
      • Remember, we must complete the acceleration process for students wishing to move from 8th to 9th grade before the fall 2023 high school add-drop deadline (September 8th, 2023).
  • Accelerated Promotion Assessment Folders:
    • Grades KN-7: December 8th, 2023
    • Grade 8: September 1st, 2023
      • Remember, we must complete the acceleration process for students wishing to move from 8th to 9th grade before the fall 2023 high school add-drop deadline (September 8th, 2023).
  • TK to KN Acceleration Requests: December 20th, 2023
  • Retention Requests: January 19th, 2024

2024-2025 Due Dates Related to Grade-Level Changes

  • Kindergarten Continuance Requests: September 4th, 2024
    • We must process all KN Continuance requests and paperwork before you claim attendance for LP 1.
  • Accelerated Promotion Requests:
    • Grades KN-7: November 20th, 2024
    • Grade 8: August 28th, 2024
      • Remember, we must complete the accelerated promotion process for students wishing to move from 8th to 9th grade before the Fall 2024 high school add-drop deadline (September 13th, 2024).
  • Accelerated Promotion Assessment Folders:
    • Grades KN-7: December 11th, 2024
    • Grade 8: September 4th, 2024
      • Remember, we must complete the accelerated promotion process for students wishing to move from 8th to 9th grade before the Fall 2024 high school add-drop deadline (September 13th, 2024).
  • TK to KN Acceleration Requests: January 10th, 2025
  • Retention Requests: January 17th, 2025

Questions?

Please contact Gillian Simcox, Director of Accreditation and Achievement, at gradelevelhelp@missionvistaacademy.org.