At VIS, academic standards and expectations are high and follow the guidelines of the Ontario Curriculum. However, we aspire to view each child as a unique individual and as a holistic learner who can strive toward unlimited goals based on his/her own unique possibilities. As such, evaluation embraces academic achievement as well as effort and commitment.

The school provides Monthly Interim Reports and a Progress Report per term (December, March and June) that is detailed in its description of each child’s progress.  Parent-Teacher interviews are held in term one, a Student-Led interview in term two and an optional Parent-Teacher interview at the completion of term three. Ongoing communication regarding progress is strongly encouraged throughout the year.

For organizational purposes and transition to other secondary schools, our Progress Report is compartmentalized into specific subjects and into the basic skills covered in each core subject. A detailed description of curriculum content taught in each term is included in the report. Skills are evaluated through letter grades and final grades in each subject are awarded in the form of percentage as specified by the Ontario Curriculum.

Tests and Exams
Tests, quizzes and a variety of informal evaluation strategies are an integral part of our program in each subject. In grades 7 and 8 there are two sets of exams in English, Mathematics, Science, History, Global Studies and French. Each exam session takes place over the course of one week usually in late February and June.

For each project, essay and/or assignment, students will be evaluated on various criteria (at the discretion of the teacher and in relation to the assignment) such as content, use of grammar and punctuation, creativity, effort, time management, neatness and organizational skills.

Late Assignments and Homework Not Completed
Late assignments and incomplete homework affect grades. Each student has the responsibility to complete work to the best of her/his ability. This is a strict expectation of the school. Our Homework Policy is handed out to students and their parents each academic year.

Missed Work
It is the responsibility of each student to make up any missed work caused by absence. If absence is due to illness, extensions will be given (depending on the nature of the illness) and students can negotiate fair ways to make up their work. In most cases, students can call peers to obtain homework assignments and/or notes relating to lessons.