6th Grade Core Courses (English, Math, Science, Social Studies)
All of our Core Courses in the 6th Grade are utilizing Summit Learning in order to develop our students into self-directed learners who can succeed with the demands of a rigorous, standards-based education.
In this tutorial, our students explain how to navigate the Summit platform:
- Schedule: Students have Project Time for all of their core courses. It is the majority of their week and time in school.
- Project Time: Students work on projects that mimic the work of people in the workplace or field of the discipline.
- Cognitive Skills: Through project-based learning experiences, students develop deeper learning skills, or cognitive skills, such as critical thinking, communication, problem-solving and collaboration.
- Grading: Projects make up 70% of a course's grade and are graded based on a student’s cognitive skills.
- Students must complete every project to pass a class
- Only the best grade for each cognitive skill in a course’s projects will be counted towards the grade
SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING (SDL)
- Schedule: Students are engaged in Self-Directed Learning (SDL) on Monday and Friday in their core courses.
- SDL: During Self-Directed Learning (SDL), we focus on mastering the content knowledge to apply in projects. The teacher provides workshops, small group coaching, and one-on-one check-ins with students about their academic progress.
- Focus Areas: Content knowledge is the facts and information that students learn about a particular topic. We call them Focus Areas. Each Focus Area has an associated playlist with learning resources.
- Projects have both Power and Additional Focus Areas
- Grading: Students pass a Focus Area by passing Content Assessments (tests) to reflect the mastery of content.
- Students must receive an 80% on a Content Assessment to pass it
- Students must pass all content assessments in the Power Focus Areas to pass a class
- Content Assessments (CAs) make up 30% of a student's grade with 21% made up of Power Focus Areas and 9% made up of Additional Focus Areas
LETTER GRADES AND PERCENTAGE SCORES
Your student can receive the following letter grades in a course:
- A+ to C-
- “N/A” - There is no project graded yet.
- “I” - Incomplete. If a student is not on pace to accomplish the following 3 goals, then they will have an Incomplete:
- Submit 100% of their projects
- Achieve, on average, grade level performance on cognitive skills
- Pass 100% of his/her Power Focus Areas
Letter Grading Bands:
FOCUS AREA GRADING
- Focus Areas make up 30% of a student's grade.
- This is split between Power Focus Areas (worth 21%) Additional Focus Areas (worth 9%).
- Students must answer 8 out of 10 questions (receive an 80%) on a Content Assessment (CA) to pass.
- If a student passes a CA, he/she receives full credit for that Focus Area.
- Students must pass all CAs in the Power Focus Areas to pass a class.
Students do not need to pass Additional Focus Areas to pass a class, but the highest grade they could earn is 91% without passing any Additional Focus Areas
COGNITIVE SKILL RUBRIC
- The cognitive skills rubric was developed in consultation with assessment experts at Stanford
- Cognitive skill scores range from C– to A+ and the band varies by grade level
- We push students to grow and expect a higher level of performance from students in higher grade levels, but anyone can use the rubric to do work at a higher grade level
- If a student does not complete a project or the cognitive skill average for a course is below 70%, then the student will have an Incomplete