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State Policies in Guam  

Guam does not have an acceleration policy. Local education agencies (LEAs) determine whether and to what extent acceleration is permitted.

Grade-based Acceleration

Early entrance to kindergartenPolicy leaves LEA to determine. According to Board Policy 330, children must be 5 years old by July 31 in order to be enrolled in kindergarten for that year. However, the Guam Code § 6107 states that "a child who is academically gifted may be enrolled even though the child has not reached the age required by § 6103 of this Title."
Whole-grade accelerationPolicy leaves LEA to determine whether whole-grade acceleration is permitted. Board Policy 339 states that "Each child shall be placed in the grade in which that particular child will have the greatest opportunity to develop as a useful citizen..." and provides direction for requests for "double promotion" which likely resembles grade-skipping.
Early high school graduationThe Guam Education Board outlines high school graduation requirements in Board Policy 351.4. It is unclear if students who complete graduation requirements early would be permitted to graduate early.

Content-based Acceleration

Other forms of content-based acceleration

Guam's GATE Program primarily follows an enrichment approach.

Additional Information

Department of Education: Guam Department of Education

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