We do not believe that numerical percentages and letter symbols are the best means of evaluating students in the primary grades. This type of grading may cause the student to work for grades rather than working to understand useful knowledge and skills. Students are tested and evaluated by performance and competency. Because of the close parent-teacher relationship, parents are regularly informed of their child’s strengths as well as areas to work on.
At the upper elementary and middle school levels, proper use of grading may serve as a motivation and standard of objective assessment of student progress. Even so, we recognize the inability of grades to fully evaluate the effort and achievement of children created in the image of God. Our report cards also address progress in the area of character development. We de-emphasize grades so as to remove extrinsic motivations and replace them with interior self-motivations and the personal joy of learning.