The answer to this question depends on your school district and your state. In general, most districts have a policy that allows you to fail up to two classes per semester.
The reason for this is so that students can take some time off from academics and still graduate on time. Additionally, some schools allow you to retake the class again in the next semester. However, many schools only allow students one re-take per year.
If you fail more than two classes in a year, then you will have to appeal to your principal or guidance counselor for special permission to continue at that school. If you are failing three or more classes, then this is likely not an option for you.
The number of failures allowed varies from state to state but generally ranges from 2-4 failures per year before students are required to transfer to another school or repeat their grade level.
There are some exceptions however:
If you are failing more than four classes per year or not passing any classes at all, then your parents will be notified by the school district and they will be required to meet with administrators and discuss options available for their child’s education moving forward. This could include removing them from public school entirely or moving them into an alternative school setting such as a private
Last modified: August 18, 2022