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.
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