Grades & 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 System

Grades 1-3

E– Exceeds (High Understanding)

S– Secure (Understanding Demonstrated)

D– Developing (Growth Demonstrated)

B– Beginning (Beginning Stages)

N– Not Yet Performing (Assistance Required)

Grades 4-8

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

Personal Development

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.

Additional Standards

St. Leo’s School sets clearly defined and measurable high expectations for academic achievement. Our staff is dedicated to helping our students achieve. Instruction is planned in a manner that maximizes student learning. All students should achieve a level of proficiency and/or advanced in all subject areas.

Iowa Assessments

The Iowa Assessments are given to all students in grades 1-8 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. 

Teacher Conferences

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

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.