(This will be the first of several posts as part of our 'Tell me more about that' series.)
Measuring, we're always measuring. From the square footage of our homes to the $0 budget to the number of days until vacation, we love to know information with precision. In fact, measurements and precision are essential to daily life. The challenge comes when we seek to apply this sort of precise measurement to a student. In Charlotte Mason's words, persons consistently "exceed our power of measurement."
When we stick a grade of 87% on a child, what are we saying? As precise as a number may be, it's interpretation can be fairly subjective. Some parents might believe this is great, others may think that an 87 is not good enough. The truth is that both parents could use a lot more information about their child than a number. At Ambleside, we believe that grades are an insufficient means for measuring growth. And so, we provide much more than grades for our students. At the end of each semester, our students come home with a Report of Growth. In this report are thoughtful words, observations and strategies from each child's teacher which cover maturity traits, and relationships with each individual subject. At the end of this 12, or so, page document a parent has a very clear idea of how their child is growing and what changes are needed to support continued growth.
As helpful as these reports are, we recognize that one major question looms - "but what about transcripts?" Yes, life happens. Families move. And, we completely understand the need for a traditional transcript for transfers and college admissions. Ambleside absolutely can create a traditional transcript when necessary. We do keep these transcripts on file for our High School students who, by the way, thrive in college.
Care to continue the conversation? Comments are on - we welcome the discussion.