At the Elisabeth Morrow School, we partner with families to ensure that their children are being supported and challenged in their academic pursuits. With our low teacher/student ratios, students' progress is closely monitored and faculty actively differentiates instruction to best suit a child's needs. We offer several opportunities for families to view student learning, including workshops, presentations, family shares and performances. Our faculty is also available to meet with families to discuss their child's progress several times a year, including:
- August/September - Bright Beginning conferences (threes through fourth grade) and intake conferences (fifth through eighth grade) allow families an opportunity to meet their child's teacher, share information about their child and their goals for their child's school year.
- November - first parent/teacher conference (students in seventh and eighth grade lead their own conferences)
- March - second parent/teacher conference
We offer several opportunities for families to view student learning, including workshops, presentations, family shares and performances.
In addition, families receive detailed reports of students’ progress in all subject areas in February and June. These reports include general course guidelines, individual skills assessments and an individual written narrative about each student’s performance. Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students also receive a letter grade for all academic subjects.
The school administers a standardized test, the Educational Records Bureau's CTP 4, yearly to all students in third through eighth grade. This test is used by many independent schools to assess student performance and the effectiveness of curriculum and instruction. In seventh grade, our students also take the Educational Record Bureau's Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) as a precursor to its administration in eighth grade as a requirement for secondary school admission. In eighth grade, many students take the ISEE again as well as the Enrollment Management Association's SSAT. They also complete entrance examinations for other competitive magnet or religious schools.
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