We encourage students to see their education as a continual internal process, not as one measured by symbols. Teachers use various methods of feedback about students’ daily work that is direct, personal, timely, and leads to deepened learning. We share evaluations of student progress through written narrative reports, and conferences between student and teacher, and parent and teacher. In the Lower School, our students lead one parent-teacher conference each year, which empowers students to reflect on their learning, consider their strengths, and set goals to work on their challenges.
Written reports communicate the position of each student in relation to effort and performance within the context of individual and classroom objectives. Writing narrative reports is a flexible and individual process. Teachers take great care to be accurate, complete, and objective in their reports. In addition to discussion of an individual’s growth in intellectual realms, narrative reports provide opportunities to discuss social and emotional goals and growth.