Academic Measures

IMG_2639Upon enrollment, a student’s transcript(s) from previous schools is evaluated to ensure placement in courses that keep the student on track to earn a diploma.  Depending on multiple factors (student’s age, parents’ preference, length of stay, etc.) the academic plan for each student is developed using the graduation requirements from the state where the student will be earning her diploma.  The credits earned at Alpine Academy are transferrable, and the academic director coordinates with the next school as necessary to ensure a smooth transition.

Baseline data for a new student’s academic level is typically taken from testing recently administered by professionals who have previously worked with the student.  Students lacking current academic testing data upon enrollment (or in the event the need arises to measure progress toward more general academic skills such as processing and fluency) may be given the Woodcock Johnson III Test of Achievement.

Alpine Academy issues report cards at the conclusion of each grading period. Hard copies of report cards are mailed to each parent and detail the letter grade and GPA earned for each subject.

SAMPLE REPORT CARD

A Standards-Based Report Card is provided every quarter to students, parents, and referring professionals.  This report outlines the target concepts taught during the past three months and indicates the student’s level of proficiency within each concept.  These “target concepts” are standards aligned to the National Common Core Standards for English and Mathematics and aligned to the Utah State Core Curriculum for all other courses.  When a student transitions to her next school, this SBRC provides future educators with valuable information to facilitate accurate placement, avoid re-teaching areas where proficiency has already been demonstrated, and to learn of the student’s strengths and/or areas of need.

In addition to a Standards-Based Report Card, a traditional report card is issued quarterly indicating the final grade and credit earned in each course.  Grades are assigned in letters (A, B, C, D, or F) with final grades of D or above receiving credit.  Transcripts are updated each quarter with these grades and credit and, with written consent, may be forwarded to prospective schools and/or colleges.

Within the first month of their stay at Alpine Academy, students are given the Wide Range Achievement Test, 4th edition.   Although this is not an extensive assessment, it provides a basic score in the areas of word reading, sentence comprehension, spelling, and math computation.  All students take the WRAT-4 at both intake and discharge as a measure of academic proficiency pre- and post- the Alpine Academy experience. More information can be found in Outcome Data.

During her stay at Alpine Academy, a student may take the ACT or SAT exam.  An SAT prep class is offered to provide opportunities to take practice tests, become familiar with the testing structure, and identify areas in which to improve.  For students eligible to receive accommodations on the exam (extra time or small group setting), Alpine Academy can request these from the College Board or ACT with signed parental consent.

For students preparing to eventually take the ACT or SAT, those in grades 10 or 11 will be provided the opportunity to take the PSAT in October.  Results are provided to both students and parents, and students are given the original test booklet in order to compare their answers with the answer key.