I was watching a TV show where one of the characters was in danger of being held back a year (10th grade) because he was failing 2 classes (Teen Wolf lol) and it got me interested in the issue of grade retention in general, specifically in the US.
I know the policy can be wildly different depending upon the district/city, not to mention outside of the US..
I was surprised because I remember back in high school - it seemed that if people failed a class or two they'd just have to repeat it in summer school or the next year. They wouldn't get held back completely. After all, in high school you have individual classes unlike in elementary school. You might flunk several classes but then have A's in other ones, it wouldn't make sense for them to force you to repeat classes you received A's in as well. Not to mention the standards for graduating from American high schools are SO low (if I'm not wrong, you only need to pass Algebra 1 to graduate...)
Does anyone know the general policy for American high schools?
I used to think that for a student to be held back in high school, they'd have to be failing most or all of their core classes (math, science, english, history) or have really poor attendance (even though honestly I know a lot of people who graduated who ditched class an insane amount of times).