Wildwood’s approach to student assessment is designed to actively engage students at all levels. It’s a process that emphasises critical thinking, collaboration, and reflection—developing the essential skills to launch them into life beyond the classroom.
In-Depth Narrative Assessments
Wildwood School uses narrative assessments twice yearly to provide detailed feedback on students’ work and learning in connection to the grade-level standards in each of their core subject areas, as well as about their social and emotional development.
These written reports become the basis for goal setting for future learning and are the catalyst for a fluid and ongoing conversation about the student’s varied interests, strengths, stretches, and abilities.
In the upper school, narrative assessments are translated into letter grades and noted on a student’s transcript.
Powerful Reflective Practices
Students are encouraged to reflect on themselves as learners throughout their K-12 journey. Students in kindergarten and 1st grade are asked to choose pieces of work to share at their parent/teacher conferences, and starting in 2nd grade, students begin to attend conferences in person, sharing work samples and talking about their strengths and stretches within each academic area.
In the 5th grade and continuing through middle and upper school, conferences are student-led, allowing students to articulate their evolving understanding of their learning, a process that deepens in scope and complexity as they progress through each grade level.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Commitment
When a student can consistently and independently apply and transfer a set of skills at the level expected for their developmental stage or grade-level by a specific point in time, they have achieved mastery.