at St. Anthonys
A focus on exams and grades alters the way students learn, making learning a means to an end rather than a good in itself. This contributes to a view of school as a necessary evil on the road to commercial success rather than a joyful discovery that forms the soul. In addition, student anxiety over grades and exams is on the rise nationwide, contributing significantly to the teenage depression/anxiety/suicide epidemic.
Rather than exams and grades, at SAA Parent - Teacher discussions & progress reports will be scheduled for three times a year, with a written overall assessment for the parent at the end of the year.
The child (with the parent present) may also receive feedback on her work and how she is doing once a semester, or more often if the student is ill prepared or not doing his/her best.
Emphasis is placed on honest, diligent work to the best of one's ability and the excitement of discovery.
Although we have no regular exams throughout the year, we are partnering with Classical Learning Test (CLT)* to assess the students and to mark their progress at the end of each year. We will not be "teaching to the test"; we believe our students will excel because they are learning how to think and they love learning. Through the CLT, parents can also see how their students are doing compared with other students across the nation.
*The Classic Learning Test (CLT) is the new standard for college entrance assessments. It is designed for high school juniors and seniors. The CLT takes two hours, and tests for grammar, literary comprehension, and mathematical and logical reasoning; it also contains an optional, ungraded essay portion.
The CLT10 is the official preparatory exam for the CLT. It is designed for high school freshmen and sophomores. The exam takes two hours and tests for the similar content as the CLT, at an age-appropriate level and with fewer questions of the highest difficulty.
The CLT8 is an assessment designed for 8th grade students preparing for high school. Some high schools administer the CLT8 as an entrance exam, and it can also be used to monitor academic progress (both individual and school-wide) for 7th and 8th graders. The exam takes two hours and tests for grammar, literary comprehension, and mathematical and logical reasoning.