Frequently Asked Questions
In the US system, the teacher is not primarily seen as the one imparting knowledge, but rather as the facilitator of learning. The teacher is likely to use several learning techniques such as working with partners or in small groups, simulations and role-plays, class discussions, learning centers and other strategies.
The assessment system is also different. Rather than working towards one conclusive, comprehensive exam, the US system assesses student learning through smaller exams and projects throughout the course. Students are expected to be prepared for quizzes given at any time. Students are also expected to complete assignments and projects on a regular basis. The emphasis is on internalization and application of the material rather than memorization. The final grade is based on all summative assessments, not only exams.
In the American educational ethos, teachers are also very approachable and welcome questions and discussion, both in and out of the classroom setting. This kind of teacher-student interaction might be different from what a student is accustomed to, coming from a different system.
Although we have two or three classes at every grade level from K-12, we keep individual class sizes small to provide an optimal teacher to student ratio in every classroom. Kindergarten classes have up to 18 students per classroom. Grades 1-4 have 20 students per class, and grades 5-8 aim for 24 students or fewer per class.
High school classes typically range from 15-25 students, but many AP and specialized electives have even smaller class sizes to maximize student-teacher interaction. Our independent study program pairs an advanced student on a tailored project with a single teacher.
Yes, we have a Learning Support program that serves students who have mild to moderate learning challenges. However, because we have finite resources, spaces in our Learning Support program are limited and we are not always able to admit every student we would like to serve.
Individualized Education Plans and testing should be submitted along with the application forms.
Rosslyn Academy unfortunately does not have services for children with significant behavioral and emotional challenges or severe learning difficulties.
No, Rosslyn instead offers the more modular Advanced Placement program, which allows students to take college-level classes in subjects where they excel. Most four-year colleges in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and over 60 other countries give students college credit, advanced placement, or both based on their AP Exam scores. This affords our students the opportunity to move into upper level courses, pursue a double-major and study abroad.
We offer a broad range of AP courses including, among others, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, English, Economics, French, Psychology, Physics, Studio Art, U.S. History, World History, and European History.
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