Assessment & Learning Support
""I went to Sussex for nine years and my experience still shapes the choices and decisions I make in my life today. Not only did I learn how to craft sentences and weave together memoirs and essays, but I also learned to appreciate the outdoors, embrace conflict, and rely on the support of others around me.""
Sophie Slotnick, class of 2010
Sussex School students do not receive traditional letter grades. Instead, Sussex teachers seek to instill intrinsic motivation and a love of learning in students by supplying a varied, authentic, project-based curriculum that answers the unique needs of each child and encourages students to take responsibility for their own Missoula, Montana education.
Teachers monitor student development in the classroom and maintain consistent communication with each student regarding his or her work. Parents can request an informal conference at any time to discuss student progress. Much of the evaluation of individual students, however, occurs in the form of student portfolios, which are kept from Kindergarten through the 8th grade and are discussed at individualized conferences each November and April, with a report and student work sent home in January.
Students choose representative examples of their work for their portfolios, and these examples collectively tell the story of their educational development over time. Each student presents his or her portfolios to parents and teachers at the biannual formal conferences. Since a student’s portfolio is maintained over the course of multiple years at Sussex, it offers an irreplaceable record of student growth and of the scope and vitality of our curriculum.
Learning happens at different developmental stages, phases, and times for students.
Our dedicated learning support teacher assesses all students and provides assistance to children who need different methods and adaptations for learning.
Sussex helps all students reach their potential by offering one-on-one tutoring, small group sessions, and in-class assistance.