A note on standardized testing and how we document learning...
Learning at Unitas is not dictated by standardized testing companies. Our goal is not to educate children "to the test" but to train them how to learn well and for the right reasons. We want children to love learning and to grow into adults who love to learn! However, we clearly understand the place for assessment.
In addition to a report card at the end of the year, students will bring home portfolios that have been developed (by them) throughout the school year.
We will have one standardized test per year - the ITBS Standardized Test for K-8. The ITBS is one of the longest running (since 1936), most respected, standardized tests in the country.
Even though standardized tests do not dictate our learning, we still expect great results because we teach kids how to learn efficiently, think logically, and articulate their ideas clearly.
At the high school level, together we will create and implement a plan of action that reflects a student's goals and aspirations.
Test results we expect: We follow the lead of the Highlands Latin School and use the Core Curriculum that they have developed as a result of the continued success in their classrooms. The Highlands Latin School (HLS):
consistently scores in the top 1% IN THE NATION.
scores well above the norm on the ACT, with a 2015 average of 30.
obtained averages for the class of 2015 of 691 reading, 662 math, 683 writing for a composite of 2036.
Also, in the last 10 years, 19% of seniors have been recognized as National Merit Semifinalists, and 24% have been selected to attend Governor's Scholars and the Governor's School for the Arts program.
As we build our unique school culture with The Highlands Latin School as a model and guide, we expect similar results.