The Urban Legend

The School Newspaper of Urban School of San Francisco

The Urban Legend

The School Newspaper of Urban School of San Francisco

The Urban Legend

The Urban rubric

Mira Chandriani, Editor in Chief, Print February 3, 2022

Urban’s grading system sets the school apart from almost all high schools across the country. Giving students detailed rubrics and narrative feedback on all assignments rather than a single letter grade...

Students in the Drawing/Mixed Media art class in 2021. Photo credit: Kate Randall.

Quantifying creativity: should Urban grade art classes?

Eliot Solomon, Staff Writer October 16, 2021

Art is subjective, so naturally, it is difficult to grade. Since its founding, Urban has been well known for the arts and has a wide range of art classes. Therefore, grading art is taken very seriously....

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...

Photo by Olivia Meehan

Is Urban Educating Us?

Zachary Ngin, Book Critic February 4, 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...

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...

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...

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