Can a school say you’re too young to skip a grade?

The situation that I’m talking about takes place in a middle school in Minnesota. Could a student who is younger than most people in their grade advance to the next grade if the said student is emotionally, physically, and academically mature?


Of course a school system can say you are too young to skip a grade. In fact, they can say lots of silly things.

Most likely, the school system has policies regarding acceleration (grade skipping and other stuff). However, if you check into that, you will probably find that the policies don’t really say much.

The real approach to grade skipping is most likely determined by the superintendent of the school district, and the staff that implements the procedures. For example, in our state, grade skipping is required as an option by state statutes:

At a minimum, each school must offer the following ACCEL options: whole-grade and midyear promotion

However, our school district has other ideas. My daughter’s educational plan (EP) states: “The parent mentioned skipping a grade, but that typically doesn’t happen in (xxx) County.” In fact, skipping grades was more than just mentioned – I provided detailed information showing that, in the right circumstances, research overwhelmingly supports grade skipping as an acceleration option.

I recommend you review the extensive information on acceleration options available at Acceleration Institute. If you decide that this is appropriate for your child, they have a checklist to determine if grade skipping is appropriate.