The Urban Legend

Breaking down grading at The Urban School

Vivien Manning

February 6, 2018

Walking through Urban at 5pm on Friday the day grades are released, the anxiety is palpable. Grades, especially the only letter grade we’ve seen all term, can feel so momentous. As a senior, I’ve certainly engaged in the culture of stress around grades. I never really made a distinction between my ...

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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