Our Results Are More Than Just Statistics
The words “Outstanding Results” can be captured in so many ways here at AACS. Children come to us with differing talents and abilities, but there is an ever-present emphasis on meeting each child’s individual needs, challenging each child towards excellence, and then celebrating his/her individual achievements and “eureka” moments.
Because we value external accountability, we use standardized assessments to help measure our success as a school and to look for trends and areas for improvement to guide our curriculum and instruction. Additionally, based on our understanding of the whole child, we use child friendly benchmark assessments in grades K-2 to ensure students are making progress in early literacy and mathematics. Our approach to assessment is based on the following principles:
- Each child is personally known.
- Each child is individually challenged to grow both as a student and a child of God.
- More important than test scores, AACS takes pride in individual student growth.
- With each year, we are strengthening our resources to provide student support for a wider range of academic needs.
- Our students’ achievements are testimonies to the genuine care, efforts, and abilities of our teachers as well as our robust curriculum.
As a school, our average achievement scores on the MAP Growth tests were at the 90th percentile in math and at the 92nd percentile in reading in grades 3-8.
Outstanding Academic Achievement
AACS has a history of outstanding academic achievement. As a school, our average achievement scores on the MAP Growth tests were at the 90th percentile in math and at the 92nd percentile in reading in grades 3-8, consistently well above national norms. As a result, our graduates are well prepared to succeed in high school. Consistently strong reports from guidance counselors from local high schools also attest to this excellent preparation.
Caring Teachers Who Monitor & Focus On Growth
Our strong statistics on standardized testing are only made possible because of the efforts of our teachers to recognize the individual needs of our students and to assist each child to reach his or her full, God-given academic potential. Each child is known and loved to grow as a scholar and as a child of God. As any responsible school knows, standardized test scores are only one measure of a school’s performance and are never the sole gauge of how students are growing or how a school is doing.
Our proudest “results” are in the successes and growth of each one of our students, academically and spiritually, that the teachers see in the classroom. The many moments of individual achievement are what truly excite us. Our teachers use assessment, whether classroom assessment or standardized tests, to inform instruction and monitor student growth. Ann Arbor Christian takes tremendous pride seeing individual growth as the true “results” that exemplify our school.