Academic Policy

Students

ACADEMIC PROGRAM 

St. Jane Frances de Chantal School is an elementary school consisting of Grades K through 8. St. Jane Frances de Chantal is accredited by the Middle States Association. (For more information go to www.msa-cess.org.) The school is staffed by lay teachers. All students receive instruction in the following subjects: religion, language arts, reading, mathematics, science, social studies, art, music, physical education, computer and Spanish. A program for remediation in reading and mathematics is available for those who qualify as set forth by the Intermediate Unit 20 criteria. Enrichment within the classroom is provided for those students who manifest the ability to do work beyond that required of the class as a whole. All students, Catholic and non-Catholic, are required to attend religion classes to learn the teachings of the Catholic Church. 

HOMEWORK POLICY

The faculty of St. Jane Frances de Chantal School recognizes the positive relationship between homework and academic achievement. We are committed to a homework policy that fosters the development of self-discipline, time management, and sound study skills. 

TYPES OF HOMEWORK 

Preparation - Homework that is assigned before the formal lesson 
Practice - Homework that is assigned after the skill or concept is taught 
Extension - Homework that is assigned to see if a student can transfer a skill to a new or a different situation 
Creativity - Homework that is assigned or putting together concepts and skills in new and different ways 

All students are to write their assignments in a homework book. We expect parents to review homework nightly. Failure to complete assigned work or being inadequately prepared for class may result in a detention at the discretion of the teacher. 

HONORS 

Honors are given to students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades at each quarterly report card period. 

  • Distinguished Honors are given to those students who have earned a 95 or above in all subjects; satisfactory in minor subjects, conduct, and effort. 
  • First Honors are given to those students who have earned a 90 or above in all subjects; satisfactory in minor subjects, conduct, and effort. 
  • Second Honors are given to those students who have earned an 85 or above in all subjects; satisfactory in minor subjects, conduct, and effort. 

REPORT CARDS 

Report cards are issued three times yearly. Each report card subject grade reflects a wide range of the student’s school experience for which he/she must learn to take ownership: 

  • Oral participation and expression, class cooperation, and attentiveness 
  • Homework and in-class assignments completed as directed 
  • Major test results and quizzes 
  • Projects and long-term assignments 
  • Being prepared for class by having studied and having materials 
  • Quality of work 

Please note that report card grades are not determined simply by averaging test scores. When applicable, the points listed under Report Cards will determine the subject grade. 

DIOCESAN GRADING SCALE

Students in grades 1 and 2 receive letter grades.  Students in grades 3 to 8 receive number grades for all major subjects and letter grades for all minor subjects.  The Diocesan Letter Scale that we use is:  Outstanding;  VG  Very Good;  G Good; S Satisfactory;  N Needs improvement; U  Unsatisfactory

STANDARDIZED TESTING 

St. Jane Frances de Chantal School will follow the Diocesan Testing Program. Mid-semester examinations are given in January to grades 5 - 8. Final examinations are given in June to grades 5 - 8. 

COGAT: The Cognitive Abilities Test is administered to grades 3, 5 & 7 in the spring 
ITBS: The Iowa Test of Basic Skills is administered to grades 2 through 7 in the spring 

TESTING POLICY 

All tests for grades 1-2 will be sent home on a regular basis to be signed by the parent/guardian and then returned to the teacher for the classroom student file.

All tests except reading unit tests for grades 3-8 will be sent home on a regular basis to be signed by the parent/guardian and then returned to the teacher for the classroom student file. Final exams (grades 5-8) are not sent home. 

All tests must be returned to the teacher and retained in the student file for the school year. Tests, with the exception of final exams, which must be retained for one year, will be destroyed at the end of the year. 

TEXTBOOKS 

Textbooks approved for use in the Catholic Schools are provided for our students. The children are expected to take care of the books given for their use. Books are to have clean covers at all times. The children must carry their books to and from school in a book bag. Lost or damaged books must be replaced at the current cost.

 

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