What to Expect When You’re Expecting...Middle School Report Cards!

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By the end of the week you will get an email from ManageBac that will direct you to your child’s first trimester report. In advance of this, I wanted to take a moment to let you know about some exciting changes we’ve made and also how to interpret the reports:

  • The first page will be a brief cover letter from our Head of School.

  • The second page will be the Summary of Achievement, which looks similar to a traditional transcript. There are four columns; one with the subject name, one with the achievement levels against the assessment criteria, one that could have a “final” grade, and one that has a local grade equivalent.

  • You will see that some subjects have “N/A” for one or more of the achievement levels, and if so then it will display “N/A” in the final grade column as well. This is fine! All it means is that the students have not completed a task in that category yet this year. By the end of the Spring Trimester they will have completed at least two final tasks for each criterion, yielding them a final grade.

  • On the third page is the advisor letter. This is a little different this year! Rather than a shorter comment for each subject, we have condensed all their comments into one, longer, letter. We hope that this consolidation brings more clarity and consistency to the comments.

  • The next nine pages have the subject-specific grades and IB descriptors on them, and then the following pages explain the grades.

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Please keep in mind that these reports are a snapshot in time of where you child is right now. They reflect work from the first trimester, but as we practice trend grading in alignment with the IB, a lower grade at the beginning of the year does not necessarily mean a lower grade at the end of the year. What this tells the student is specifically what they need to work on in order to achieve a higher standard.

Thank you all so much for your support of our program, and have a wonderful Winter

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