Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How are grades reported?

A: Achievement is reported as a percentage within a range that corresponds with the Ministry of Education’s four levels of achievement. Report cards can be electronically delivered to parents as well as the traditional paper format. Report cards are sent home with a frequency that is double the public schools. Interim, mid-term and end of term report cards are sent out. Additionally, high school students will receive a report card at the end of each of the three semesters.

Q: What is your school calendar?

A: A copy of the school events calendar can be found here. There are no Professional Development Days at Scholars’ Hall during the school year. Details regarding summer programming can be found here.

Q: How do parent-teacher interviews work?

A: Parent-teacher interviews are held in the evenings when parents can come. Throughout the year there are 4-6 opportunities to schedule an interview.

Q: How much time is spent in the classroom?

A: Our focus is on maximizing the number of instructional hours.There are very few field trips and any time outside the classroom is always related to community development or the current curriculum.

Q: How do you approach standardized testing?

A: Scholars’ Hall participates in the Grade Ten Literacy Test. Scholars’ Hall does not participate in the Grade 3, 6, or 9 Provincial tests. These tests are not normalized or standardized and they require a week to administer. We feel that this time can be better spent teaching.

Q: How do you approach homework?

A: Homework is assigned daily for all our students, and the amount of homework scales depending on grade level. It is the responsibility of the child and the school (not the parent) to ensure homework is completed. Homework is not done in class and students are expected to complete their homework daily. If homework is incomplete, students stay at school on Fridays until the outstanding homework from that week is complete. If it is not done up to a student’s personal performance standard, it gets done again!

Q: What is a Student in Good Standing and Scholar of the Month?

A:  Every child can become a scholar! Every student begins every month as a Student in Good Standing. A student can retain their Student in Good Standing status and  by avoiding any office trips, by being absent less than 4 days and by obtaining less than 8 homework strikes in that month. At the end of each month all Students in Good Standing are considered for the Scholar of the Month award according to above six criteria of the Standards of Good Conduct and Teachability. All students who earn Scholar of the Month or Student-in-Good-Standing are rewarded with a meal at a Buffet Restaurant!