A link to the curriculum overview on the main website.
ERB (Educational Records Bureau) is a not-for-profit organization providing admission and achievement assessment as well as instructional services for PreK – Grade 12. For almost 90 years, and with over 2,000 member schools and districts around the world, ERB continues to be a trusted source to inform admission decisions and/or to support curriculum and instruction. Collaborating with both independent and public schools around the world to build communities, guide instruction, and put assessment insights into action, ERB is dedicated to supporting student learning.
1st - 2nd Grades
In first and second grades, students receive an assessment of skills documenting their progress in lieu of letter grades. Students receive an AT (Above Target), OT (On Target), or NS (In Need of Support). If a child requires extensive support and/or is working below grade level, there will be an asterisk (*) after the designated marking.
3rd - 7th Grades
Students in grades three through seven receive letter grades according to the following scale:
A 100 - 93
B 92 - 85
C 84 - 77
D 76 - 70
F 69 - 0
Honor Roll and Headmaster’s ListA student who has maintained all “A’s” and “B’s” in all subjects for all four quarters will be recognized with an Honor Roll Certificate for his or her efforts. A student who has maintained all “A’s” in all subjects for all four quarters will be honored with a Head’s List Certificate for his or her efforts.
View list of textbooks by grade and subject.
List of tutors by subject and grade with contact information.
Hi Parents! My name is Natalie Chustz and I will be your child's library teacher as well as the librarian on the Downtown campus. Please see the important information about different components of the library below:
- Reading Incentives
- Accelerated Reading (AR) Instructions
- OverDrive Instructions (3rd and 4th grade, but you can request access in 1st
- Lower School Chapel Book Dedications*- Paper form and
Feel free to follow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/BlueGatorBooks to see what is going on in the Downtown Library!
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
- Reading Incentives
"Conscious Discipline is a whole-school solution for social-emotional learning, discipline, self-regulation and classroom management. The strategies and structures transform school culture into a safe haven of cooperation, constructive problem-solving and academic success." Why use Conscious Discipline? Click HERE to find out.
Click HERE To see how we are implementing Conscious Discipline at our River Ranch Campus.
A link to the curriculum overview on the main website.
Class Schedules & Lettered Calendar(class periods and times)
The Class Schedule is a view of regular, rotating, eucharist/activity, half-day, pep-rally, Thanksgiving Feast & exam schedules.
The Lettered Calendar is a view of which lettered schedule students follow for each day.
The 2017-2018 calendars will be updated as soon as they are available.
College Counseling Schedules
College counseling at Ascension begins in the eighth grade with evening presentations for students and parents for each grade and annual individual counseling meetings. Students in grades 9-12 are also invited to sign up for all college representative information sessions that occur throughout the year.
For eighth grade students, presentations and discussions cover high school credit opportunities, meeting graduation requirements, understanding the pre-ACT tests, turning middle school potential into high school success, goal-setting, and academic advising.
During the freshman year, students learn the importance of maintaining a quality GPA, understanding the high school transcript, and developing effective resumes. They are also advised about the real cost of college and provided with information resources and academic advising.
Emphasis during the sophomore year concerns standardized testing, ACT vs. SAT, exploring leadership opportunities, assessing academic progress, and academic advising.
The junior year focuses on the search/list/visit process. In addition to attending a national college fair, juniors take a four-day college tour of six to eight colleges and universities to compare different types of colleges and help them to determine the right kind of fit for them.
For seniors, the presentations include a college application workshop (application basics, the Common Application, the application essay, and scholarship and financial aid applications) and a presentation on transitioning to college. Individual meetings are available as early as July and throughout the year to address application questions, acceptances, final decisions, and more.
Links to the main website curriculum overview.
Grading Scale & GPA Policy
Teachers in grades 8 through 12 assign numerical and letter grades for all courses according to the following scale. Grades will be recorded four times per year.
A 100-90 B 89-80 C 79-70 D 69-60 F 59-0
Colleges and universities are increasingly diversifying their criteria for admissions. More post-secondary admissions officials are now focusing on the actual grades earned by students in the courses they take versus the use of weighted cumulative grade point average. There is little to no consistency among high schools in their weighting systems, making comparisons of reported GPAs difficult based on the numeric average alone; therefore, any cumulative grade point average indicated as “weighted” is usually recalculated by college and university admissions officials based on an un-weighted 4.0 scale. Un-weighted cumulative grade point averages, along with SAT and ACT test scores, are used for evaluation of admission, as well as in the awarding of academic scholarships.
The yearly final average in courses on the SMP Campus (grades 8-12) is calculated on a cumulative average of the four academic-quarter grades and the two semester exams: each academic quarter is 40% and each semester exam 20% of each semester’s value. While semester averages are recorded on a student’s report card to illustrate progress, these semester-average numbers are not used to determine final grade calculations. For final grade calculations, each quarter grade is valued at 20% and each semester exam at 10%.
Upper grades GPA reporting to standard state and national entities also necessitates GPA calculations on a 4.0 scale. The Louisiana State Department of Education, the Louisiana High School Athletic Association, and the National Honor Society all require submission of un-weighted grade point averages.
However, at the secondary level an internal weighting of grades is valuable because it reinforces and rewards the choice of Honors, Pre-AP, and Advanced Placement courses. Internal weighting of the grade point average also allows for ranking students who take advanced courses in the Ascension academic program of studies ahead of those who do not. The school policy addresses both secondary and post-secondary concerns about GPA calculations. It applies an internal weighting for Honors and AP courses as an incentive to students and also documents un-weighted grade point averages on report cards and our official school transcripts. Courses taken in any other academic program, whether traditional or online, will not receive the Ascension internal GPA weighting when determining class rank.
Weighting of Numeric Grades
Each marking period (1st quarter, 2nd quarter, 1st semester exam, 3rd quarter, 4th quarter, and final exam) will have a bump applied to the marking period average.
Honors and Pre-AP courses will have a .025 bump applied. (e.g.: An average of 88 will be bumped to 90.2.)
Advanced Placement courses will have a .05 bump applied. (e.g.: An average of 85 will be bumped to 89.25.)
Quality Point Scales
Un-weighted: An un-weighted GPA will be reported on report cards and official transcripts as follows:
Letter Quality Points A 4 B 3 C 2 D 1 F 0
Weighted: A weighted GPA will be calculated for internal use only, for the purpose of class ranking. Weighting will be as follows:
College Prep Honors / Pre-AP AP Scale Grade Weight Weight Weight 97-100 A+ 4 5 6 93-96 A
3.75 4.75 5.75 90-92 A- 3.5 4.5 5.5 87-89 B+ 3 4 5 83-86 B 2.75 3.75 4.75 80-82 B- 2.5 3.5 4.5 77-79 C+ 2 3 4 73-76 C 1.75 2.75 3.75 70-72 C- 1.5 2.5 3.5 67-69 D+ 1 2 3 63-66 D .75 1.75 2.75 60-62 D-
.5 1.5 2.5
Checking Grades on MyBackpack
Page by page instructions on how to check grades in MyBackpack.
Midterm Schedule 2017
The following was sent in an email to all SMP students on Monday, December 11th
Here is the schedule for mid-term exams which begin on Friday. You may come in free dress, but normal free-dress guidelines (no pajamas, sweatpants, open-toe shoes, etc.). You are only required to be here for the hours you have exams, but are welcome to stay and study/work if you have an open hour.
Friday 12/158:00 - 9:30 1st Hour Exam9:30 - 10:00 Break and snack (provided)10:00 - 11:30 2nd Hour Exam11:30 - 11:55 Lunch/Dismissal
12:05 Bus Departs
Monday 12/188:00 - 9:30 3rd Hour Exam9:30 - 10:00 Break and snack (provided)10:00 - 11:30 4th Hour Exam11:30 - 11:55 Lunch/Dismissal12:05 Bus Departs
Tuesday 12/198:00 - 9:30 5th Hour Exam9:30 - 10:00 Break and snack (provided)10:00 - 11:30 6th Hour Exam11:30 - 11:55 Lunch/Dismissal12:05 Bus Departs
Wednesday 12/208:00 - 9:30 7th Hour Exam9:30 Dismissal9:45 Bus Departs10:00 - 11:30 Makeup Exams