St. Gabriel School subscribes to the diocesan curriculum standards. With the emphasis on a strong traditional curriculum, our students commonly score two years above grade level on standardized tests and are among the highest scoring when compared to the national averages of public and local private schools. Our small class sizes allow us to accommodate the needs of the individual student and encourages interaction between families and faculty for the benefit of the child. The energetic staff of certified teachers leads classes of 12-18 students in a traditional curriculum. Traditional classroom subjects are augmented by classes in music, art, physical education, computers, library, and computer-based programs such as STAR and Accelerated Reader.
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St. Gabriel School utilizes a reading quiz and intervention system called Renaissance Place Accelerated Reader and Star Reader systems. This program helps students formulate reading goals and build a lifelong love of learning. Accelerated Reader gives educators the opportunity to check on students' comprehension of reading material used in the classroom and for outside reading. STAR Reader tests assess students' reading and vocabulary to help to determine a child's independent reading fluency and comprehension. The STAR tests and Accelerated Reader quizzes help teachers formulate intervention techniques for both struggling and advanced reading students.
St. Gabriel School gives a yearly standardized test to assess the progress of our students. The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph designates the Iowa Assessment as the instrument to be used by all diocesan schools. The test results give information regarding each student's achievement scores and also provides comparative information in terms of rankings. We receive a national percentile ranking (NPR) which compares our school to all other schools in the nation who took this test at this time of year and other students who took the test at the same time. Student scores are compared to all students which could include such schools as Oak Hill Day School, Pembroke, Barstow, or other prestigious private schools.
A percentile rank does not mean the same as a percent. For example, an NPR score of 96 means that a school or student performed better than 96% of other schools or students who took the same test at the same time. It does not represent a percentage of correct answers.
The following report shows percentile ranking and Grade Equivalent (GE). The GE is a decimal number that describes performance in terms of grade level and months. For example, if a sixth-grade student obtains a GE of 8.4 on the Vocabulary test, his score is like the one a typical student finishing the fourth month of eighth grade would likely get on the Vocabulary test.