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Grading and Assessment Policy

Grades should reflect how well a student has mastered the content material and the specific learning objectives for the course. Teachers should be consistent and fair in determining grades.

Assessments will be recorded using two categories: Formative Assessments and Summative Assessments.

The goal of formative assessment is to monitor student learning to provide ongoing feedback that can be used by teachers to improve their teaching and by students to improve their learning. More specifically, formative assessments help students identify their strengths and weaknesses and target areas that need work helping teachers recognize where students are struggling and address problems immediately. At least one formative assessment should be used each week in each course.

The goal of summative assessment is to evaluate student learning at the end of an instructional unit by comparing it against the standard(s) or benchmark(s). Summative assessments are often high stakes, which means that they have a high point value. Examples of summative assessments include: unit exams, midterm exams, final projects, or a research paper. Information from summative assessments can be used formatively when students or teachers use it to guide their efforts and activities in subsequent courses. Each unit should have one summative assessment.


Grading and Assessment Guidelines

The following represent general guidelines for grading followed at BIS.

Elementary & Secondary:
  1. All assessments should be graded by the teacher within one week of the time they were administered. Teachers may take additional time to grade major essays/projects, but regular communication concerning this progress should be made to the Principal or Curriculum Coordinator.
  2. Homework and quizzes should be used to provide immediate feedback on student learning and should be graded and returned as soon as possible, but certainly within a week.
  3. Projects should be accompanied by written instructions or be posted in Google Classroom (for Secondary students). If a project requires students to use a particular skill, make sure that skill has been taught to them. Any group projects resulting in group grades should not constitute major grades in the class, but should be balanced with individual work.
  4. At least one formative assessment should be used each week in each course (every 5 days of class).
  5. Every unit should have one summative assessment.
  6. Grades should be updated weekly using the formative and summative assessments in Atlas. All faculty are expected to follow their principal’s guidelines for submitting grades “on time”. Faculty who need extra help understanding or operating PowerSchool or related software should seek help from his/her principal or curriculum coordinator.
  7. Make up work: generally, students will have at least one day for each day absent to make up work; however, special circumstances (consistent absences or extended illness) may require a different time schedule. This schedule should be worked out with each individual teacher. Teachers should establish a system whereby students can find out the work they missed immediately.

Classroom Management Policies

We believe that respect for authority is an essential ingredient to quality education and character development; therefore, our classrooms are controlled with firm, loving discipline by qualified and dedicated Christian teachers (Hebrews 12:6-11). It is our desire that all of our students be controlled with self-discipline in their attitudes and actions. To develop such self-discipline though, it is necessary for us to teach and train the students in this process. BIS classroom teachers are tasked with the primary responsibility of ensuring that their students behave in a proper and fitting way at school. At the beginning of the school year each teacher creates a classroom management plan, clearly communicates the rules and consequences to the students and then consistently implements it. These classroom rules/policies are distributed to all parents at the start of the school year, as approved by the administration, and can be viewed by parents during the BIS Open House upon a brief tour of the classroom given they are posted for reference.

BIS believes each student is a special person that deserves to be respected (Genesis 1:27). Students need to feel safe and secure at school. Students need to be taught how to interact correctly with others and how to make good choices about their behavior (Proverbs 22:6). If a student chooses to disregard these rules, there are consequences for their choices. Those consequences may include: a verbal warning, loss of recess/break time, note or phone call to parents, or being sent to the principal’s office. If inappropriate behavior continues, a conference with parents will be arranged. For more serious violations, there are further disciplinary actions detailed within this handbook such as in-school or out-of-school suspicion. As BIS students learn to get along with each other and respect those in authority they will develop into productive citizens who will function well in society. They will also experience greater sense of security, joy, and peace.

Please be supportive of the teachers and administration in their decisions and let your child know that you and the school are on the same team – his/her team. We regularly pray for wisdom when counseling or disciplining children. Your support of the BIS staff will teach your child much about respect for authority. One of the best ways for a parent to support the school is to implement consistent, firm and loving discipline in the home, teaching respect for authority and not making excuses for the child.


Homework Policy - ELC and Elementary

Homework is for the purpose of reinforcing what has been taught during the school day. Homework allows the student the opportunity for further practice. It also helps to teach the student responsibility and good study habits. Any assignment should be checked and feedback given to students. Not every assignment needs to be graded. The teacher should develop efficient systems for checking to see that homework is completed and acceptable as far as neatness. Teachers should develop a system for checking agendas and parent signatures.

Homework should not be given during Christmas Break, Spring Break, and June/July Break. Teachers may use their discretion for assigning homework over shorter breaks. No textbooks or school materials should go home over between semesters unless specific approval has been granted by the Head of School or Principal.

All ELC and elementary students should be encouraged to read or have someone read to them for at least 20 minutes each night. In addition to this, on average, homework should not exceed 10 minutes’ times the student’s grade. For example, 1st graders should not have more than 10 minutes of homework each night, while 4th graders should not have more than 40 minutes.

Homework should be turned in as assigned by the teacher. Students may be required to miss recess or breaks to make up late assignments. No more than one letter grade may be taken off for every day an assignment is late for Elementary Students.

Teachers must not allow students to take a zero on late assignments or not allow them to be submit them. Instead, teachers will require the student to complete the work regardless if the grace period of point redemption has expired as this will serve as a redemption of confidence and importance of finishing the race. This will also ensure the teacher will be able to assess student progress as should be the intention of assigning student work. These late assignment parameters apply to all 1-12 students.

Repeated late homework issues should be addressed with the parents and a conference called, if needed.


Homework Policy - Secondary

The purpose of homework is to reinforce and/or practice what has been taught during the school day. Homework may also be used to introduce new topics which will be taught in subsequent classes or to encourage critical thinking skills (i.e. Current Event topics or research). All assignments should be purposeful and tied to the overall objectives and standards for the unit and class. Ideally, class time should be maximized as much as possible and homework assigned only as reinforcement and practice, not as busy work. All assignments should be checked and feedback given to students; but every assignment does not need to have a grade assigned. The teacher should develop efficient systems for checking to see that homework is completed and acceptable.

Homework should not be given during Christmas Break, Spring Break, and June/July Break. Teachers may use their discretion for assigning homework over shorter breaks. No textbooks or school materials should go home over between semesters unless specific approval has been granted by the Head of School or Principal.

In grades 6-8, homework should not take more than two hours to complete on an average day. In grades 9-12, the intended time to complete homework assignments should not exceed three hours. These time frames may vary for those students who require more study time, are taking advanced classes, or lack of good time management skills. Special projects such as Science Fair, Math Fair, International Fair, research papers, or other long term projects may be an exception. As students’ progress through the different academic stages, homework may increase and become more difficult.

Secondary Students turning in unexcused late assignments will receive a 10% per day reduction; however, teachers should ensure the student does complete the assignment. Retaining the student during break or recess activities, requiring attendance during an enrichment period (Secondary only), and/or contacting the parents are all possible methods for working towards completion of an assignment.

Teachers must not allow students to take a zero on late assignments or not allow them to be submit them. Instead, teachers will require the student to complete the work regardless if the grace period of point redemption has expired as this will serve as a redemption of confidence and importance of finishing the race. This will also ensure the teacher will be able to assess student progress as should be the intention of assigning student work. These late assignment parameters apply to all 1-12 students.

Repeated late homework issues should be addressed with the parents and a conference called, if needed.


Progress Reports

Progress reports will be issued to all students during the middle of each quarter. These reports are used to inform parents of student progress and behavior, as well as any significant changes or highlights involving a student’s academic performance.

Report Cards

The school year is divided into two semesters (four quarters). Report cards of student grades and absences are issued to parents at the end of each quarter. Parents are asked to sign and return the empty envelope to the School Office within a week of receiving the report card at the end of each `quarter. Throughout the semester, grades are electronically recorded weekly and available for parents’ viewing on our web based PowerSchool program. Parents are advised to contact the appropriate teacher if they have questions about grades and/or missing work.

Semester Exams

Semester exams are given in High School (9-12) at the end of the first semester and second semester. Exams will be given in all core classes. Semester exams (i.e. finals) may or may not be given in other classes but remains at the discretion of the classroom teacher. If an exam is given in a non-core subject at the end of first semester, then an exam must be given at the end of second semester. Teachers may have flexibility in the format of their semester exams. A copy of the semester exam must be submitted for review to the respective principal(s) one week prior to the semester testing period. Semester exams for high-school students will count 10% of the semester grade.


  • December 2017
    • FriDec15 Early Dismissal: Last Day of 2nd Quarter
    • SatDec16 Christmas Break
    • FriDec22 Office Closed from Dec 22 - Jan 1
  • January 2018
    • TueJan02 School Office Re-opens
    • ThuJan11 Teacher & Staff In-Service Days
    • ThuJan18 School Resumes: First day of 3rd Quarter
  • February 2018
    • MonFeb12 No School: Spring Break *Office Closed

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