• Assessing student work for growth is an important part of our curriculum.

  • Every Studio School student develops and maintains a comprehensive portfolio documenting their studio, service-learning, and liberal arts course work from the beginning
    of their 9th grade year through graduation.

  • Each spring students are required to participate in an individual portfolio self-assessment, review and interview with a panel composed of studio teachers, liberal arts teachers and guest teaching artists or professionals. 

  • The panel uses a rubric to assess each student's portfolio in the areas of: organization and design; demonstrated skill growth; imaginative expression; purposeful exploration; meaning and function; and formal qualities. 

  • Students must earn a score of satisfactory or better in their portfolio review to earn access to some upper level studio courses, but most importantly, the portfolio review process provides opportunities for students to:

    • reflect on their accomplishments and struggles

    • view their work comprehensively to identify themes
      ​and set goals

    • demonstrate individual effort and growth using multiple modalities

    • practice visual, written and verbal communication skills

    • receive valuable, objective feedback on their work from other artists and working professionals

    • openly discuss areas of strength and growth

    • receive recommendations for future course enrollment
      and summer or extracurricular enrichment options

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