EVALUATION OF STUDENTS The school year is divided into three terms. At midterm and at the end of the term, the faculty review student performance and grade reports are sent home to families. Faculty advisors discuss pro- gress with each of their advisees and write summary reports that are sent home at midterm. At midterm, teachers will include an additional comment report if a student’s grade is C– or below or if the teacher wishes to report significant progress. Additionally, teachers will communicate with parents and faculty advisors through an Academic Feedback Form as needed during the term.
ADD/DROP PROCEDURES With the approval of their teacher and the Upper School Head, students may add and drop courses without penalty during the first two weeks of a trimester. Forms are available for this pur- pose. After two weeks, students may drop a course only with the approval of the teacher and Upper School Head. Usually a “Withdraw/Fail (WF)” is the reported grade. On rare occasions, the Upper School Head, the faculty member and the advisor will approve a “Withdraw (W)” if there are extenuating circumstances.
With faculty supervision, a student who has achieved I.S. may pur- sue independent academic study in a particular area of interest that is not included in the regular list of course offerings. No student may take more than one independent study course in a trimester.
In order to undertake an independent study project, the student must submit a project proposal in writing to a faculty member and the Upper School Head. If the faculty member agrees to supervise the project, a written contract of agreement between the student and the teacher must be approved by the Upper School Head no later than one week after the beginning of the trimester. The method and form of evaluation are to be established by each stu- dent and teacher and included in the contract.
CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS Minimum requirement: Four trimesters in the Arts including a variation of visual arts, performing arts and music. All art courses are of one trimester duration.
101 CERAMICS Throughout this ceramics course, students are challenged to develop technical and artistic skills through a series of clay projects. Projects will include functional and non- functional hand-building, as well as opportunities to throw on a potters wheel. This class is designed for beginners as well as those with pre- vious experience. (fall/ one third credit)
103 INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL ARTS A design course that explores a variety of media utilizing both two and three dimensional tech- niques. Projects include mural painting, media arts, printmaking and sculpture. This class is de- signed to give students a true sampling of the visual arts. This course is required as part of the ninth grade arts curriculum. (one term, one third credit)
104 MEDIA ART This course will focus on the art, theory and technologies of creative film making in both video and digi- tal form. Students learn the basic elements of film creation and edit- ing. Students learn to use digital imaging, scanning, image manipula- tion, printing and animation. They learn how to incorporate these skills into many other areas of the curricu- lum. Students create professional caliber short narrative or documen- tary style videos utilizing the various skills necessary for such production. (one term, one third credit)
106 ART: WEST AFRICAN TEXTILE PAINTING This class will center on painting inspired by West African textiles. The variety and luxuriance of African Textiles render them among the continent’s most splendid artistic statements. Graphic definition and impres- sive scale are critical elements of the experience of African textiles. We will learn about African Tex- tiles and their presence in Con- temporary Art. (fall/ one third credit)