Sparhawk assessments reflect our commitment to providing you with useful feedback. You will receive two grades for each semester course completed.

  1. The Academic Grade evaluates the quality of the products and the performance of understanding and skills you have achieved. This grade is based on the course goals, domain-specific skills being targeted, higher-order thinking skills and content mastery.
  2. We also provide a Humanistic grade that reflects your engagement, ethics, effort, and scholarly dispositions.

An Academic grade point average of 3.5 or higher, qualifies a student for consideration for Academic Distinction. A GPA of 3.5 or higher in both humanistic and academic qualifies a student for consideration for Sparhawk's Highest Honors.

LEAP (Grade 8):

8th Grade LEAP Students are required to take:

  • Mathematics
  • Literature and Writing
  • Creative Thinking, Arts and Design
  • Science
  • Foreign Language
  • History
  • LEAP Study Skills & Activity

Grades 9-12:

  • At Sparhawk, one credit is equal to one year of study in a discipline.
  • Full time students must take a minimum of 3.75 credits per semester (including PBL) up to a maximum of 4.25 credits per semester.
  • Students are required to complete 15 hours of on-site community service and 45 hours of off-site community service over 3 years (this is done individually volunteering with an community organization or project).
  • Credits are distributed among the following domains:
    • 4 credits minimum in each: Mathematics, English Literature and Language Arts, History/Global Understanding, Science
    • 3 credits minimum in Foreign Language, Creative Thinking - Arts, Design & Engineering, Personal Development (Freshman & Sophomore Seminars, SAT Prep, College Readiness)
    • 6 PBL projects
    • 1 credit senior legacy project
    • Graduation by Exhibition
    • Winterim (½ credit for each year enrolled at Sparhawk School)

Grade 9-12 students may take one course per semester off-campus for Sparhawk credit. This will be in conjunction with their work on-campus. A written request must be given to the Upper School Director and Registrar prior to the start of the classes, in order to receive credit.