The Urban Legend

Urban faculty reflects on reformed grading system

Ben Katznelson, News Editor

May 21, 2020

With Urban’s shift to virtual school, significant changes have been necessary to alleviate students’ and teachers’ stress. As such, Geoff Ruth, Academic Dean, announced on April 16 that Urban’s grading system had been overhauled for the spring term. In his email, Ruth described the new grading...

Is Urban Educating Us?

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Zachary Ngin, Book Critic

February 5, 2016

Each day at Urban, my peers leave me in awe. They have diverse interests, take advanced classes, speak multiple languages, and hold the future in their palms. They dance so quickly to the rhythm of the school day that they often collide in the stairwell. They have the grace to immediately forgive and for...

EDITORIAL: Urban’s grading system needs to change

Jacob Winick, Staff Writer

June 4, 2015

We all know the drill. On the Friday two weeks after term, Urban students log in to PCR a few minutes before 5 PM and refresh their browsers until the latest course report appears. The stress of opening up course reports and frantically scrolling through them to catch a glimpse of the letter grades ...

High expectations for participation hinder students’ grades

Zoe Meneghetti, Staff Writer

June 4, 2015

There are 15 minutes left of class when my teacher asks the students a question. After 30 seconds, only one student raises his hand. The teacher continues eyeing the room as she nearly begs for another student to put their hand up. My teacher aggressively asks the student with his hand raised to give...

Urban ends first year of new grading policy

Ella McLeod, Staff Writer

August 23, 2012

For some students it’s still a controversy, while for others it’s a non-event: Friday, June 8 will mark the end of Urban’s first year of a more transparent approach to classroom grading. Last year, our unique hippie school — just one block north of the intersection of Haight and Ashbury streets...

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