Why are We Committed to a Proficiency-Based Learning Approach?
Students, teachers, and families have a clear understanding of where a student’s learning is, and where it is headed
Why Are We Using Empower?
Empower is a grading program that allows the school to report student progress on learning goals. It gives more detailed information than traditional report cards with letter grades. It clearly allows everyone (students, parents, and teachers) to see where students have been in their learning, and where they are going next.
What is our Philosophy on Grading?
Behaviors (e.g., attendance, on task behavior, time management, working with peers) should be reported separately from academic performance.
- Grades reflect proficiency at a given point in time, rather than an average of scores.
Our School Vision
Fueling Hope Through Learning
Our Mission Statement
Mt. Ararat Middle School provides a proficiency-based, learner-centered education for students in grades six, seven, and eight in which a feeling of hope and engagement is fostered by clear expectations, learning from mistakes, and positive relationships.