Sparhawk assessments reflect our commitment to providing you with useful feedback. You will receive two grades for each semester course completed.
- 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.
- 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:
- Literature and Writing
- Creative Thinking, Arts and Design
- Foreign Language
- LEAP Study Skills & Activity
- 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.