Parents with students in the West Bend school district should not assume their child will automatically move up one grade level each year. That status is now based on credits earned. At the start of the school year the West Bend High Schools moved to what they call True Academic Status and retained students who were credit deficient. This month after first semester grades are recorded if your child is found to be credit deficient / at risk, you will receive a letter from the counseling office. This letter will explain the retention policy and will also recommend summer school when the time comes to make up credits. The school district believes an earlier wakeup call will motivate students take their studies more seriously. Parents are reminded to impress upon their children the importance of maintaining credit status every year in high school. If you have any questions on this policy, contact the counseling department at the high school.