End of Semester Assessment Plan 4.14.20

Dear Students and Parents,

Defining an end of semester assessment plan is essential for the health and well-being of our entire community, as it provides clarity and predictability. Consistent with our “Replace not Replicate” philosophy, we are replacing semester exams with “final assessments.” Repurposing the time we currently devote to exams and their preparation will allow us to maximize learning and is aligned with our commitment to learner-centered teaching. These changes will go into effect whether we return to campus or remain remote for the rest of the school year.

Below are the details on the final assessments and our schedule for May 18 – 20.

Definition of Final Assessment

  • Assessment on the last unit of study
  • May be in the form of a written test, paper, project or presentation
  • Weighted as other major assessments


  • Thursday, May 7, will remain the last day of academic classes for Seniors
  • Friday, May 15, will remain the last day for sixth grade
  • Two rotations will replace the current Exam schedule for May 18 – 20
    • May 18- Regular Bells 1-2-3-4-5
    • May 19- Regular Bells 6-7-1-2-3
    • May 20- Regular Bells 4-5-6-7 (Early Dismissal at 2:20 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, May 20, will now be the last day of academic classes for all other students and there will not be a traditional exam week

AP Exams

  • AP Exams will take place from May 11 – 26
  • AP Exams will be delivered online and will be taken by students at home following CollegeBoard guidelines
  • Juniors and Sophomores scheduled for an AP Exam May 12 – 20 are excused after their morning classes on the day of their exam(s).

Teachers will be communicating individually with their students as to the format of these final assessments and when they will take place.


Keesy Goebertus
Assistant Head of School
Head of Upper School

Natalie Herford
Incoming Head of Upper School

Paige McGee
Head of Middle School

Marta Pauly
Dean of Faculty and Academic Life