The academic program is rigorous and involves students in accurate self-assessment, and individualized goal setting that emphasizes challenge, achievement, and accountability.
Self-evaluation and self-assessment are the responsibility of the student, supported by teachers and the student’s advisor. In addition, the faculty evaluates students’ work in a wide variety of ways including testing.
The most important goal of assessment is for each student to have a clear understanding of their strengths, their challenges, and how to improve themselves. Students are provided a learning environment that constructively assists them in knowing themselves as a learner. As such, assessment is used for learning and as learning. What this means is that assessment is used as an opportunity for the teacher to communicate feedback to promote improvement, but also as a key opportunity for the student to be coached in the valuable process of independent self-assessment, self-monitoring of progress, and goal setting. Through this process, students become independent and autonomous learners. This manner of assessment for learning heightens both student engagement and commitment.
Assessment is embedded through each unit and guided by a variety of modes including: direct instruction, discussion, seminar, individual and group research, oral presentations, problem solving, peer evaluation, formal evaluation and feedback.