Children will have homework required of them. Children in the intermediate and upper grades can expect to have more written work required of them; however, if time is used wisely, there is usually time in the school day to accomplish most of the work. Parents should notify the teacher if they feel there is an inappropriate amount of homework. Incomplete assignments are unacceptable. Excessive incompletes will result in a parent, teacher, and Director meeting.
Report cards are mailed quarterly. At the end of first and third quarter, parents come to school to meet with their child’s teacher for a scheduled consultation; however, a parent or a teacher may arrange a meeting at any time.
Our school administers the MAP Test (Measure of Academic Progress). This test gives us good indications of where are students are academically.
OUR LITERACY PLAN
As written by Minnesota Statute 120B.11, a Minnesota school district must adopt a local literacy plan to have every student reading at or above grade level by the end of third grade. Reading well by third grade ensures that a student has a solid foundation of literacy skills to continue to expand their understandings of what they read, make meaning, and transfer that learning across all subject areas.
We use this curriculum as our central guide for teaching The Journey School students the values, skills, and knowledge needed to embark on their life-long journey to success.
Field trips may be arranged during the school year. Parents need to provide written permission for these trips and pay associated costs. Also, parents may be asked to drive and/or serve as a chaperone for a field trip.
Our school library has a good selection of reading, literature, and reference books. Students will be informed of library procedures. We also encourage the use of public libraries. Parents should know what books their children are reading.