Special attention is given to students’ progress. The school applies motivational grading, with the aim of encouraging learning and developing internal motivation, which is the key trigger of the desire for learning. In the first grade, grading is descriptive, whereas in the second to eighth grades, grading is numerical. One specific feature of our institution is the bi-annual progress benchmarking done through knowledge tests. The purpose of these tests is to track the realisation of the programme and the individualisation of the curriculum as a whole. Furthermore, the Cambridge International Examination System entails both internal and external knowledge tests. This means that external tests in mathematics, natural sciences and English are prepared and graded by experts from the Cambridge International Examination System, twice during elementary school, at the end of sixth and ninth grades according to the Cambridge programme. In addition, internal tests for student progress tracking, prepared in our institution, are done starting with the 2nd grade of elementary school. This way, students, parents and teachers all receive information on the academic achievements and advancement, which enables an individualised approach in further work. Every child receives appropriate support in consequent tackling of the programme.
Student progress tracking is also done through individual papers, safeguarded in the portfolio, so that parents can easily follow up on their child’s advancement. Our team of psychologists and pedagogists carefully monitor all students, which involves testing and estimating their cognitive, social, emotional and motoric maturity, in order to ensure optimal conditions for the development of all their potential and provide adequate support along the way.
Parents are also able to track their children’s advancement during the school year through written reports received at the end of classification periods, i.e. the end of first and second semester. The reports contain not only information on the progress made by the student, but also all aspects of his/her development, socialisation, working habits, interests and motivation for work.
All students are also regularly surveyed, with the aim of enhancing the quality of our educational process. Due to varying age characteristics of children in our institution, different types of research are applied. High school students receive online surveys, thereby additionally practising their ICT skills, using them to grade the quality of both the teaching staff and the premises. The results of these surveys are used to deploy strategies and further develop the educational programme.