Feedback and Testing
In the Upper School, the academic year is divided into two semesters. Written narrative reports are prepared for each quarter in November, April, and June. Students new to the Academy and those who experience a significant change in performance receive written reports mid-semester, as well. Student progress is reviewed on Parent Teacher Conference Days held in November and April. All reports are posted online in our password protected portal (SIAportal), which gives parents access to their child’s progress and teacher feedback at all times. Parents are encouraged to inquire about their student's work at any time.
The Academy is proud to be an independent school. We recognize, however, that this designation often comes with some confusion around the standardized tests that we administer. It’s true that our students do not take the Regents exam. The state law allows independent schools, private schools, and parochial schools to opt out of giving the Regents tests; and the Academy curriculum exceed Regents standards. Students in Grades 9-12 take:
ERB Test (Grade 9)
The ERB (Educational Records Bureau) Test was developed by Educational Testing Service to serve the needs of high-achieving students and schools that aspire to higher standards. The “ERB” is a rigorously designed series of assessments in reading, writing, and mathematics developed to help educators collect critical educational data that answers the questions of administrators, teachers, and parents about achievement. The ERB provides percentile and stanine comparisons.
PSAT/NMSQT (Grade 10)
The PSAT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is a program co-sponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation. It’s a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT and gives students a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs.
SAT, SAT II Subject Tests (Grades 11-12)
The SAT is the national standard by which all American colleges and universities measure their applicants. While SAT scores are not the only criterion that colleges use, they are an important part of the mix. All Grade 11 and 12 students take the SAT and are required to take a minimum of two SAT II Subject Tests. Additionally, students may take the ACT test and Advanced Placement exams in Grades 11 and 12.