Students at Gordon Residential School were not permitted to advance to grade 8. Students were told that they lacked the intellectual capacity to advance - that is, regardless of academic preparation, achievement or ambition, they would be unable to advance to higher levels of education.
Education was stunted and limited in residential schools, where children were not given the opportunity for academic success. Limiting education would have made it considerably more difficult for Indigenous students of Residential Schools to succeed in the changing colonial sociopolitical and economic climate. In Clara Pratt's interview she reasoned that "Our education was suppressed by the Department of Indian Affairs. They were afraid of the Indians," meaning that education was limited in order to further subjugate and deny the success/autonomy of Indigenous children.