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General Information

  • Projects
    • Projects are utilized as a way to assess students’ understanding of concepts that have been taught in class. Since projects are used to determine what students have been able to complete independently and serve to demonstrate whether or not students have mastered the established learning goals, projects that assess student learning are completed at school.
    • Students may be asked to gather materials or engage in the early stages of a project that will be completed in school. Major projects will not be assigned to be completed at home.
  • Assigning Grades
    • Since grades reflect what a student knows and his or her progress towards the standards, extra credit is not given since this can falsely inflate grades. The grading practices and parameters are designed to allow parents and teachers to accurately gauge a student’s progress towards meeting grade level standards and expectations.
    • Realtime, our student data and gradebook system, rounds up averages. For example, an 88.51 automatically becomes an 89. Since we want to grades to reflect performance, teachers do not further round up grades.
  • Assessments
    • Formative assessments include class work and quizzes that allow teachers to monitor student understanding throughout the unit. These assessments vary and are differentiated based on student need.
    • Summative assessments include projects and tests that are given at the end of a unit of study. Since all students are expected to reach the same standards and goals, common (or the same) summative assessments are given.