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Personal responsibility is one of the most important lessons at St. Nicholas. Starting in the Early Learning Center, children learn to be responsible for getting their work done. Rather than sitting passively and listening to a teacher lecture, our students are expected to participate in their own learning process. This is why so many middle and high school teachers tell us that St. Nicholas graduates are the most self-motivated students they’ve ever known. And it’s why so many of our graduates credit St. Nicholas for their ongoing academic success.

Our approach to evaluating students’ progress is unique. Instead of traditional number or letter scores, teachers provide regular reports to students and their parents. Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled twice a semester, and informal meetings are regularly available.

We also don’t have traditional grade levels. The way our classes are structured allows children to work at their own academic level while remaining in the peer group most appropriate for their social and emotional development.