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Repeating a Grade

Sometimes, the unexpected happens. One day your child is doing well in school, and the next day there are problems. Unexpected events or situations may cause you to think about having your child repeat a grade. There are many reasons why a parent might consider delaying education for a year.

Factors That May Lead to Repeating a Grade

  • Learning difficulties
  • A Move
  • Stressful events
  • Change in family circumstances.
  • Social Maturity Level

Signs That Indicate Your Child May Need to Repeat a Grade

You, as a parent, need to be aware of the signs that may indicate it's time to hold your child back a grade. These signs may include:

  • Grades are significantly declining
  • Child is complaining that school is too hard
  • Child is exhibiting stress
  • Child has frequent absences
  • Child makes excuses for not attending school

Remember, that children cannot always verbalize their feelings in a way that adults understand. In many cases, a child may be struggling in school but doesn't know exactly how to do better. It is up to you--the parent--to decipher these signals and decide on a course of action. Get help to aid you in making the right decision. Talk to friends, family members, school staff, or other educational professionals.

If you Decide to Repeat a Grade

Delaying your child's education may cause her classmates to question why she is not in the same grade anymore. Some children can deal with this, but other children may feel embarrassed. You may want to consider changing your child's school to give her a fresh start. Remember, repeating a grade is not an easy decision to make. Discuss your concerns with teachers, counselors, or other school personnel and make sure that you get help for your child, if needed. If you elect to hold your child back due to learning difficulties, make sure you discuss what accommodations will be made to ensure her success in the coming year. If stress is the reason, get help from a counselor or other professional to deal with the root of the stress.