Every child enters their school journey at different points. They each have different experiences, resources and teachings that they bring with them. Our school recognizes and embraces this. We assess our students when they enter our school, and this dictates where we start with them with regard to the instruction they receive. We provide progress monitoring continuously throughout the year, weekly feedback to parents, and measure their progress at 3 diffent points during the school year using MAP.
Our philosophy is clear concerning how we measure our students’ success. First, we value a child’s progress over their perfection on some abritrary test. We want our kids’ learning (the knowledge, information and skills that we teach them) to remain with them forever because they will apply it in their every day lives. In our opinion, memorizing “stuff” for the sake of passing a test doesn’t measure or indicate much about a student’s intelligence.
Secondly, your child is your and our most precious gift to be nourished, guided and loved on while they are at our school. We do not measure them versus any other student and are soley focused on their own unique life-path.
Lastly, grades are not given at our school while your child is in our elementary or middle school levels. We do not believe these indicate anything about a child’s GREATNESS. Once your child enters high school, their performance and related transcript is measured and communicated via a mastery skills-based method. If an elementary or middle school child leaves us and needs a traditional report card to take to their receiving school, we translate their performance at our school into grades so that they can move seamlessly to their new school.