Does your school clearly articulate the enduring skills its students will master and provide examples of students demonstrating these skills? Or do they rely on end-of-grade test results; national merit scholar and college placement lists; and other quantitative measures to suggest that their students are "prepared" for their next level of study?
At Parish, we believe the complex and interconnected world of today requires a more nuanced definition of preparation and we are leading the charge in shifting the conversation from “college prep” to “life ready.”
The ParishProfile articulates our belief that in today’s world, information is no longer a commodity. It is not how much a student knows that matters, but what a student can do with that information. We expect each Parish student will be able to:
- Think Critically
- Communicate effectively
- Collaborate purposefully
- Create meaningfully
To achieve these outcomes and rather than relying on the traditional measures of preparation often touted by preparatory schools – paper and pencil tests scores; the GPA; standardized aptitude tests; and even advanced placement test results – the ParishProfile enumerates 10 Practices of Definitive Preparation. Our instructional practices and assessments consistently and creatively ask students to demonstrate these enduring skills which, once mastered, will have them prepared not only for college but also to succeed in the rapidly changing world they will lead.
Parish has also set itself apart by tracking and documenting student growth and mastery of these Practices. The MyPanther e.portfolio captures and catalogues examples of student work demonstrating mastery of the Practices as progress through our program. As students grow older, they assume more responsibility for maintaining their MyPanther e.portfolio, gaining invaluable experience establishing a healthy digital profile that sets them up to jumpstart their beginnings in college and beyond.