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In the classical curriculum the elementary levels are absolutely critical. Students will lay the foundation that will significantly impact their life-long learning journey. These early years of learning capitalize on the absorbency and curiosity of the youthful mind. In grades 1 - 4, memorization skills are developed and solidified. Students also begin to problem solve and connect relationships between facts and concepts that have been internalized. By grades 5 and 6, students are naturally more capable of analytical and interpretive thinking. Throughout these crucial years of elementary education, students continually review concepts that will remain forever essential. Rule of phonics, rules of grammar, poems, fictional novels, vocabulary, stories of history and people, descriptions of the natural world, mathematical facts, and reading collectively comprise the foundation of learning.
Physical education is also an essential piece of teaching the whole person. Students receive formal physical instruction at least once a week. Training the will improves the expansion of the mind by cementing good habits, while learning how to appropriately and productively behave with fellow peers. Foreign languages, including French, Spanish, and Latin help improve grammar. Art, choir, and band likewise shape the formation of the body and soul. Students receive an education that will ultimately enable them to become who God is calling them to be, whatever that may be!
Iowa Tests of Basic Skills
Every spring a school-wide assessment is administered to measure student performance and reflect on areas where teachers can enhance instruction. All students in grades 1-8 are required to take the examination.
The Iowa Tests offer educators a diagnostic look at how their students are progressing in key academic areas, and offers diagnostic data that can be used to create intervention groups and to drive curricular decisions.
Below is the school performance for grade levels 1-8:
Percentile Rank of Average Standard Score: National School Norms
School Norms are norms (specifically National Percentile Ranks) that are developed from distributions of average student scores, using a nationally representative sample of students. The average scores are computed for each grade within a school building. School norms are used to indicate the status or relative rank of the school (based on average student performance per grade) compared to other schools in the nation.
Grade Equivalent of Average Standard Score
The grade equivalent is a number that describes a student's location on an achievement continuum. Grade Equivalents are expressed in terms of grade and months into grade, assuming a 10-month school year (e.g., 8.4 means after 4 months of instruction in the 8th grade). The Grade Equivalent corresponding to a given score on any test indicates the grade level at which the typical student obtains this score.
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