Schools tend to teach this unfortunate lesson at the end of the school year. Usually this information comes to the surface when a failing grade has been assigned. In most cases, parents are angry and the esteem of the kid drops into a bottomless pit. We all know that students do not like being the older student enrolled in a class to repeat a year of class-work. Self-esteem easily drops. Schools that support retaining student for a second year of the same grade level diminish self-esteem. Deciding whether to “hold your child back” or send them to the next grade is a sticky decision. We feel when the art of excellence program is applied; children learn how to accomplish goals. It’s important that all stake-holders consider important factors. Parents in particular will want to commit to daily assistance. There are a few cautions to avoid.