At St. John’s, students must earn their grades. The School’s grading is as objective as possible. Teachers do all grading of quizzes, tests, and compositions.
The School does not regard grades as a goal, because we feel that, as children learn to study and to take responsibility for their own work, they become motivated students and will then earn appropriate grades. We are impressed more by a “C” earned by a students on his or her own, than by an “A” that a student earns with close parental help or excessive supervision. We strongly believe that each child must learn to be responsible for his or her own studies. This is a core tenet of the St. John’s philosophy.
During students’ years at St. John’s, we continuously assess their’ aptitudes and abilities and will attempt to inspire each child to achieve at a level commensurate with his or her indicated aptitudes and abilities.
St. John’s defines aptitude as a student’s potential, assuming his or her interests, motivation and diligence are ideal. Ability is aptitude delineated by a student’s interests, motivations and diligence. We can improve “ability” by striving to broaden or focus students’ interests; by developing their sense of independence and self-discipline; and by promoting their diligence. “Achievement” then constitutes the measurable results of a student’s work.
Grading Structure and System
All graded work, tests and examinations are evaluated with letter grades (A, B, C, D, and F). These grades are described in qualitative terms and provided with numerical range equivalents (on a 100% scale). Plus and minus signs are used to indicate high and low ranges for each letter grade.
Examinations and Cumulative Grades
Cumulative grades for each course or learning area are issued for each of the four quarters; examination and semester grades are added at the end of the second and fourth quarters. For Forms VII – X (5th through 8th grades), semester grades include the two quarter grades and the examination grade.
Semester examinations are a very important part of college preparatory education. Throughout each semester, teachers make sure that students deal with all the factual knowledge, concepts, skills, and processes which may be tested in the examinations. Periodic tests throughout the semester foreshadow the structures and student work which will be required on examinations. St. John’s gradually increases emphasis on semester examinations, training and preparing students for the impact of similar examinations on their work and success in high school (and ultimately university) settings.