Student retention is a delicate matter and much more complex than one might imagine. Research has confirmed at least 20 factors that need to be considered when thinking about whether to retain a student or not. Below is a diagram of the process that we will be using at the King City Arts Magnet. One of the tools that we will be using to decide whether retention is a viable option for a particular student is: Light's Retention Scale. This scale, well researched and easy to use, was built for the the school professional (teacher) to use as a counseling tool during a parent conference. It is not a psychometric evaluation and will used to make an informed decision about retention. The entire Light's Manual is in my office should you want to consult it before completing the scale and considering retention.