Grading

At St. John’s, students must earn their grades.  However, 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 Cs earned by students on their 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 skills and abilities and seek to inspire each child to achieve at a level commensurate with these abilities.

Achievement of students in Forms I and II (K4 and K5) is rated in a different manner than the rest of the School, one more appropriate to their skill development in these early years.  This rating system is explained in detail to parents and appears on their report cards.

Students at the Primary School do not take standardized tests or exams.