Student AssessmentWildwood’s assessment process emphasizes critical thinking, collaboration, and reflection—developing the essential skills for life beyond the classroom.
In-Depth Narrative Assessments
Each course at Wildwood has twelve clearly defined standards, reflecting the Life Skills and Habits of Mind and Heart, which are then assessed on the mid-year and year-end narratives. These written reports review strengths in meeting expectations and identify areas needing further development. They 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.
Beginning in the upper school, narrative assessments are translated into letter grades twice yearly. The grade earned on the year-end narrative assessment is noted on a student’s transcript as the final grade in the class.
Powerful Reflective Practices
In the early elementary grades (2nd-4th), students Beginning in the 5th grade and continuing through middle and upper school, conferences are student-led, offering a chance for students to articulate their evolving understanding of their growth and name their current strengths and stretches, a process that deepens in scope and complexity as they progress through each grade level. This act of reflection holds an inherent value by offering them practice in developing their internal voice, an essential component in their path toward self-authorship. As students reflect, they clarify their thinking and processing, laying the groundwork for deeper learning to occur.
Whether involved in peer-editing, preparing for a middle or upper school Gateway or Exhibition, or debriefing a classroom discussion, the process of reflection, revision, and refinement is part of the daily conversation between Wildwood students and teachers.