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First, reading is a priority. We offer a structured, learning-based preschool where children from 3-4 years old learn to read - and learn to read well. But, our emphasis on reading proficiency doesn't end there. Every child, no matter the grade, has their own individual reading coach who meets with them one-on-one at least three times every week.
Second, imagine an individually designed math curriculum that begins in preschool and culminates in fifth and sixth graders successfully mastering beginning algebra and even geometry. Our 1:4 student ratio allows for that kind of progress.
Third, our testing program, directed by Kristi Roher, enables us to move children ahead as soon as they have demonstrated proficiency in any course of study, all the while staying with their appropriate age group. The majority of our students test 2-6 years ahead of grade level.
Fourth, we celebrate each child's individual gifts by encouraging innovation and creativity. Our graduates becomes scholars at Ivy League schools, musicians at Juilliard, engineers at High tech companies and government leaders.
Fifth, we have formed an innovative non-profit institute, The Eleanor A. Jordan Academic Assessment and Instructional Services Institute (EAJ Institute). The non-profit arm fosters gifted special interest programs offers PSAT & SAT Preparation classes, makes available K-12 tutoring programs, and designs and offers unique summer schools studies.
Achievement Test Averages
While testing all over our country has been postponed indefinitely, New Vistas continues to offer testing for on campus and online students. Look for updated 2020-2021 test averages in June.
New Vistas' Achievement Program
People have often asked why we give STEP Test (Sequential Test of Educational Progress) at New Vistas. We feel confident that the STEP Tests meet the specific purposes for standardized test which identifies each child's specific strengths and weaknesses in the areas of math and reading. With all the choices available to us, we have chosen to administer the STEP test to our students for several reasons.
The first is that it allows us to give the appropriate level test to each child regardless of their grade level. Second, the reading and math portions are administered separately allowing us to choose the appropriate level of test in each subject. Students' test levels depend upon their performance on the previous spring and fall tests as well as their performance in class during the school year. For example, in a group of 18 second-graders at New Vistas, four students might take the test designed for second-grade level reading; eight the test designed for third-grade level reading; and six students might take the test designed for fourth- through sixth-grade level. The numbers and levels might be very different in math depending upon students' abilities and needs. It is important for us to find the appropriate academic testing level for each and every student at our school.
Tests are administered twice each year; fall and spring. Typically in the fall, students are tested in the third week of school. The purpose for fall testing is to determine: 1) amount of growth or loss during the summer and 2) to provide the teachers with diagnostic information that will assist them with instruction. An error analysis is completed for each child which indicates the areas of curriculum already mastered and the areas that have not yet been taught. This helps the teachers know better how to place their students in the appropriate instructional groups, especially for math.
In the spring, students are tested in early April. The results of these tests provide parents and New Vistas' staff with the amount of growth a child has made from the previous spring to the current year. This information assists staff when placing students in the next grade level.
Please feel free to call New Vistas for more specific information about our testing program.
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