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Academic Reporting

Conferences and Reports

Upper School students receive letter grades at the end of each quarter and comments two times a year.

Students earning a grade of 'C-' or below at any grading period will receive a comment report. Evaluation of work is based on preparation for class, participation in class, tests, papers, projects, and other assignments. Parent conferences with teachers and advisors are held in the fall. Parent conferences for students in all grades may be held in addition to these regularly scheduled meetings at the request of either the parents or the school.

Student Transcripts

The final grade is recorded on the transcript.


Services for Students with Disabilities: College Board Testing Information

Eligibility for Test Accommodations

A student with a documented disability may be eligible for accommodations on College Board tests.

An SSD Student Eligibility Form must be submitted for each student requesting accommodations. To be eligible, the student must:

  1. Have a disability that necessitates testing accommodations.
  2. Have documentation on file at school that supports the need for requested accommodations and  meets the Guidelines for Documentation, and
  3. Receive and utilize the requested accommodations, due to the disability, for school-based tests.

If all of these requirements are not met, a student may appeal the requirements.


  • Only one SSD Student Eligibility Form needs to be completed for each student. It will cover all noted College Board testing programs for as long as the student remains in his/her school and the school verifies annually that the eligibility requirements and documentation guidelines continue to be met.
  • Scores will not be reported if the accommodations are not approved by the College Board SSD prior to the test administration.
  • Some psychiatric disabilities may require annual reapplication for eligibility.

Guidelines for Documentation

The presence of an IEP, 504 Plan, other formal written educational plan, or professional evaluation does not guarantee that a student is eligible for testing accommodations. Documentation to support the need for testing accommodations must:

  1. State the specific disability, as diagnosed;
  2. Be current (in most cases, the testing and evaluation should be completed within three years of the request for accommodations). For psychiatric disabilities, the evaluation must be within 12 months of the request for accommodations;
  3. Provide relevant educational, developmental, and medical history;
  4. Describe the comprehensive testing and techniques used to arrive at the diagnosis (including evaluation date(s) and test results with subtest scores from measures of cognitive ability, academic achievement, and information processing). For a list of acceptable tests, please visit and select Documentation;
  5. Describe the functional limitations supported by the test results;
  6. Describe the specific accommodations requested, including the amount of extended time required if applicable. State why the disability qualifies the student for such accommodations on standardized tests; and
  7. Establish the professional credentials of the evaluator, including information about license or certification and area of specialization.
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