Grades at IJLA
Traditional grade levels reflect a number in a sequence indication how many years a student has been in school, IJLA serves students who are on a nontraditional path for whom grade levels may not apply. IJLA uses the terms Leveling, Apprenticeship, and Mastery rather than traditional grade levels.
IJLA recognizes that it's students are gaining credits on an nontraditional schedule and that they have likely ingrained doubt of their intellectual ability, and have receive scarce, if any, feedback from teachers on what their specific strengths or areas for improvement are. Traditional grades or percentages have been proved not to give students the feedback they need to perform at high levels. In response to these issues IJLA identifies students are three major levels of program accomplishment. Many students have come to IJLA with a significant number of credits but with low skill levels, these students need to see tangible benchmarks and development quickly so IJLA categorizes coursework by competency level. These competencies are Proficient, Developing, Not Yet, No Evidence, and Not Applicable.