Overview

The school curriculum at Greenfield is updated frequently to include new teaching methods while retaining those that have proved valuable. Teachers are encouraged to exercise their judgment and imagination in order to provide a stimulating class atmosphere. The academic program gives important consideration to each child’s capabilities and limitations; standards for each grade level are outlined and maintained. The academic goal is a structured program aimed at giving a solid foundation in the core subjects.

Greenfield is divided into four "schools." 

Preschool: 2 year old - Transitional Kindergarten
Lower School: Kindergarten - 4th Grade
Middle School: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Upper School: 9th Grade - 12th Grade

 

Greenfield Goals and Objectives

Greenfield School provides for its students an innovative and carefully structured educational program. In the 16 years that a child may spend at Greenfield, he or she can have a stimulating experience learning in a warm, friendly environment under the guidance of carefully chosen faculty members. The school's goals and objectives are as follows:

  • To provide sound, traditional academic training in the core subjects and the fine arts.
  • To be committed to the importance of each student as an individual.
  • To provide a competitive, stimulating atmosphere in which a child may develop intellectual curiosity, creative awareness, and an interest in others.
  • To educate the individual child to the point that he or she is capable of independently defining and following his or her own interests.
  • To encourage each child to be an active and involved member of his or her world.
  • To foster creative freedom of expression and investigation within a framework of discipline and order without infringing upon the rights of others.
  • To work hard toward the balanced development of each student mentally, physically, morally, socially, and emotionally.
  • To provide maximum opportunity for each student to receive recognition and achievement.
  • To afford each student the opportunity to compete in athletics.
  • To maintain admissions standards dedicated to providing each student an opportunity to grow and develop in a stimulating intellectual environment.
  • To work toward insuring that each young adult, upon graduation, is able to adjust successfully to the requirements of the best college and university for him or her.
  • To encourage an awareness and appreciation of cultural differences within our society.
 
Homework
 
Homework varies according to grade level and may be expected as early as Kindergarten. In the upper grades, homework requirements involve about as much time spent by the student outside of class, on average, as spent in class. Study hall or free time during the academic day gives some students time to complete a portion of the homework in school. Parents are urged to see that family activities do not interfere with the student having time and an appropriate place (the same place every day) in which to do school work properly.
 
Since students work at differing speeds, it is impossible to assign strict homework guidelines for each grade level. Homework times will vary, and the faculty will seek to give only the quantity of work that the median student can accomplish in a reasonable period of time. It should be noted that in the middle and upper grades, long–term assignments are often given. Students who do not work consistently on these assignments will find themselves with too many hours of work on a given evening. Students are expected to allocate their time on assignments given as “long term” homework and not try to do it all in a brief period.
 
Grading Scale (Grades 1 – 12)
 
Grades at Greenfield are based on the following system:
 

Exceptional work: neat, prompt, thorough, accurate to a high degree; shows initiative, intellectual curiosity and comprehensive grasp of concepts.

100     A+
93–99 A      
90–92 A–    


Good work: neat, prompt, shows initiative and thorough understanding of subject.

87–89 B+
83–86 B      
80–82 B–   


Average work: neat, prompt, indicates satisfactory fulfillment of day–to–day requirements.

77–79 C+
73–76 C     
70–72 C–   


Passing work: day–to–day work irregular and not always satisfactory; has difficulty with some aspects of the course content.

68–69 D+
66–67 D    
65       D-   

Failing work: test results, class recitations below standard; content of the course not mastered.

0-64    F     


Grading for conduct and specialty teachers (Grades 1-4)

S–Satisfactory 
N–Needs to Improve 
U–Unsatisfactory