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Grades and Testing

Report Cards

St. Leo’s School uses the report card required by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, School Office.
Grades K through 8 receive report cards three times a year, according to the school calendar.
Report card grades are based on formal and informal assessment, class work, homework, projects, and class participation. Parents should be aware of tests, know what projects are assigned, and review homework so that it is completed.


Grading at St. Leo’s School for grades 1-3 is as follows:

Letter  Meaning
E          Exceeds (High Understanding)
S          Secure (Understanding Demonstrated)
D         Developing (Growth Demonstrated)
B         Beginning (Beginning Stages)
N         Not Yet Performing (Assistance Required)

Grading at St. Leo’s School for grades 4-8 is as follows:

Letter  Meaning
A+       100-97
A         96-92
B+       91-88
B         87-83
C+       82-78
C         77-73
D         72-70
U         Failure

Grades for personal development are the following:

Letter  Meaning
O         Outstanding
S          Satisfactory
I           Improvement Needed
U         Unsatisfactory

*Report cards do not need to be returned to school-parents may keep them. However, as an indication that you received the card, please sign the envelope and return it to school.

Honor Roll

Grades 4 through 8 – Honor Roll Standards:

Award of Excellence – Students must earn A+ in each major subject area
Principal’s Honors – Students must earn A+ or A in each major subject area
High Honors – Students must earn A+, A, or B+ in each major subject area
Honors – Students must earn A+, A, B+, or B in each major subject area

* Students must earn an O or S in each Special Enrichment Class & each Personal Development Category

Progress Reports

Students in grades K-3 will receive a Progress Report each trimester as per school calendar.
Students in grades 4-8 have access to the PowerSchool Parent Portal and therefore, will not receive progress reports because grades and averages can be checked on a daily basis.

Terra Nova Assessments

The Terra Nova Assessments are given to all students in grades 2-8 during the month of March. The same test is given to all Catholic School students in the Archdiocese of Newark. 

Grade 8 takes the CO-OP High School Entrance Exam in November. Every eighth grade student is encouraged to take the COOP test, even if he/she is not planning on attending a Catholic High School. It is an excellent learning experience. 

A Standardized Writing Assessment is given to students in grades 4 and 7.
Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher conferences are held in the fall, during the first trimester.

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