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​​​A school may accept a student for admission on probation for an initial trial period if circumstances warrant it. The probationary status of the student and the terms of the probation must be clearly documented in writing and signed by the parents/guardians.

A school may decide to place an enrolled student on probation as a disciplinary matter. Disciplinary probation occurs when student's behavior has reached a point where a more serious response from the school is required. If the student's behavior does not improve while on probation, the disciplinary process may lead to suspension and/or expulsion​.

Typically, disciplinary probation requires the suspension of activities and athletics so that the student must focus solely on his or her academic work and behavior.

If a school decides to place a student on disciplinary probation, it must insure that the seriousness of this status is communicated to the student's ​​parents/guardians. Due to the great variety of student offenses that can result in disciplinary probation, a school has many options in determining the extent of a student's probation (limiting activities, no athletics, community service, etc.). At the high school level, a High School Disciplinary Probation Agreement (sample) must be completed and signed by parents/guardians.​