Academic assessment at The Gardner School is based upon clearly defined purposes, goals and criteria. Student progress is measured against developmental benchmarks, based on National and State standards, in each subject area.
At the beginning of each academic year, the student, teacher and parents meet to discuss goals. During the school year, students are frequently asked to reflect on the level of their understanding and the quality of their work.
Detailed progress reports are prepared two times a year, and parent conferences are held at the start of the year and midyear, and students are expected to prepare and present portfolios of their work to their parents and teachers at one conference.