Our approach to continuous learning is based in assessment, research, and development.
How Assessment Informs Our Approach to Learning
Our approach to learning is informed by diagnostic, formative, and summative assessment, goal tracking, frequent one-on-one conferences with teachers, and review of data from online tools. Qualitative and quantitative assessment data is shared with students and parents on an ongoing basis and during student-led parent-teacher conferences.
Research and Development
As a lab school, we monitor existing and new findings in education research and learning science to inform our programmatic choices. We continuously reflect on our successes and challenges, student outcomes, and stakeholder feedback. We commit to agile iteration to improve our program and share our learning broadly.
To support the development of student agency, students learn how to set meaningful goals and hold themselves accountable for their learning and personal development. They meet one-on-one with Advisors each week for guidance in setting, meeting, and supporting personal goals.
Students learn to meaningfully reflect on questions such as, Did I reach this goal? Why or why not? How far did I get? What were my successes? What were my challenges? Will I change anything about how I did this next week?
We believe in creating a platform for students to develop their ability to take action, assume responsibility for their behavior in a safe learning environment, and apply all this in unfamiliar situations. Students own their learning and have a voice in their school experience.
Our parent-teacher conferences are student-led. There are three conferences each year. The purpose of these student-led conferences is to discuss individual students' academic and social development.
While at KLS, students build a portfolio of work that displays mastery across academic and non-academic domains, from core skills to global citizenship, sciences, arts, and beyond.
At the end of each term, all students present their work to an audience of family and friends. This occurs five times each year. Students use these Term Exhibitions as an opportunity to share across Levels, give back to the community, and learn from others' feedback and expertise. The Exhibitions also provide a meaningful way for students to practice public speaking and presentation skills.