Mastery Grading System
In order to graduate from high school, students need to earn 22 credits worth of classes. The Rose Academies utilize a mastery grading system, meaning you’ll need to earn a grade of C or better in your classes in order to pass. The state of Arizona only requires a minimum passing grade of 60% or D, but there are advantages of requiring more from our students which we have highlighted below.
- Clear expectations. Mastery grading lends itself to transparency and simplicity so that students have the opportunity to take ownership of their grades. Because a mastery grading system utilizes an easy to understand rubric, students always know where they stand and what’s expected of them in order to earn a certain grade.
- A better breakdown on what skills are mastered and which need more work. Unlike a traditional 100 point grading system, mastery grading offers more insight for parents and students as to what areas of a subject need to be improved. For example, rather than receiving a blanket 78% in an Algebra class without further explanation, mastery grading allows a student to see that they have mastered polynomials by 97% but only produce a 42% mastery of quadratic equations. This system allows for more true comprehension of the material and gives students the confidence to know where they need to focus their efforts to improve.
- Doing the absolute minimum will only get you so far in life. Requiring a C instead of a D to pass may seem excessive, but at the Rose Academies, we want to prepare our students to be successful in whatever pursuits they choose beyond high school. Whether that’s attending a four-year university, a community college, a trade school, or entering the workforce, we want our students to cultivate an education and skills that will make them competitive among their peers come graduation.
With the advanced opportunities a mastery grading system offers Rose Academy students to learn, we are confident in requiring a little more from their GPA upon graduation. Learn more about how a Rose Academy education can help prepare your student for life long success by continuing to explore our website at www.go2rose.com.