The Grauer School believes that educational ability and intelligence are not constants, but grow in an environment that is stimulating and positive. Evaluation at Grauer enables instruction to be adaptive and flexible. As a result, The Grauer School uses a wide variety of testing and performance evaluations to monitor student growth.
Students take standardized tests in each discipline they study. These tests are used in the Grauer School’s ongoing evaluation of each student, and are plotted annually. Achievement test results inform the school and student of areas of needed student growth. The school will recommend a course of self-paced summer study for students who show needed development in a particular area.
Students earn grades on an A through F scale for each course following semester final exams. Comments from each teacher are included. Grades are recorded on a four point scale, with A representing four points. Advanced course offerings are recorded on a five- point scale to reflect additional work and mastery of the subject.
Students will also receive qualitative evaluations for resourcefulness each semester, which will include a self-evaluation. Self-evaluations enable teachers and students to dialog more fully about student resourcefulness as they learn from a wide variety of methodologies.
Grades and qualitative evaluations are also given at the midway point in each semester to monitor student achievement.
Interim Reports are given to students to acknowledge good performance and/or identify areas needing improvement. Reports include descriptions of student behavior and performance with teacher commentary.
Daily Evaluation and Online Gradebook Reporting
Daily evaluation is a unique feature of The Grauer School. Every teacher provides daily qualitative and quantitative evaluation of student behavior and achievement; students also provide a self-evaluation after each class. Evaluations are made available to parents via the parent portal on our website so that parents can track their student’s work, and see upcoming assignments. The Administration uses daily evaluation scores to spot trends in student learning and evaluate progress.
Students develop portfolios in each academic subject to track their own growth and development. Portfolios provide the school with an important qualitative measure of its own as well as student achievement. More importantly, these portfolios enable students to achieve an extraordinary level of organization, which pays off in college and throughout life. Students write papers or create projects quarterly, and evaluate and critique their own portfolios.
The senior graduation portfolio is the capstone to this highly refined program, enabling students to achieve “Graduation with Distinction” in a chosen area. Students defend their graduation portfolios before a panel. The defense is a significant time for our students, as it prepares them to take that confident first step out of high school and into college.
Marking Practices (GPA)
The Grauer School uses the traditional letter grading system of A through F. No units are awarded for Ds or Fs. The Grauer School employs Mastery Learning. Student grades are accurate, uninflated representations of their mastery of material.
A: Regular Course 4 points
Honors Course 5 points
B: Regular Course 3 points
Honors Course 4 points
C: Regular Course 2 points
Honors Course 3 points
D: 0 points
F: 0 points
8 semesters/4 units of English (including 2 semesters of US literature)
6 semesters/3 units of Mathematics, although 8 semesters/4 units are recommended (including Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2)
6 semesters/3 units of Lab Science, although 8 semesters/4 units are recommended and our norm (including Biology, Physical Science and Chemistry)
2 semesters/1 unit total of Health (1/2 unit) and World Religion (1/2 unit)
4 semesters/2 units of Foreign Language
2 semesters/1 unit of Visual/Performing Arts
2 semesters/1 unit of College prep “G” electives
2 semesters/1 unit US History and Geography
2 semesters/1 unit total of Economics (1/2 unit) and US Government (1/2 unit)
6 semesters/0 units of PE (or 4 semesters beyond 9th grade, which is one year more than the state norm)
50 hours of documented Community Service (students normally exceed)
6 weeks of Expeditionary Learning
42 semesters/21 units total