8 Abilities

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vnsr威尼斯城官网登入 Difference and the 8 Abilities

Woven into every course at vnsr威尼斯城官网登入, the 8 Abilities empower our students to become agents of change and principled leaders who meaningfully engage with their communities. They focus specifically on mastering skills in aesthetic engagement, analysis, communication, developing a global perspective, effective citizenship, problem solving, social interaction and valuing in decision making.

Why doesn’t vnsr威尼斯城官网登入 give grades? Rather than use simple letter grades, we believe in pushing students to reach their highest personal potential. A standard letter grade tells you where you stand today; an vnsr威尼斯城官网登入 assessment tells you that plus how to take the next step to achieve greater understanding and application of knowledge. At vnsr威尼斯城官网登入, we challenge students to "know it and show it."

Our students get to know their strengths and opportunities for growth, and they push themselves to reach their highest potential. Simply put, our 8 Abilities are what set our students and alums apart. 


vnsr威尼斯城官网登入 is excited and proud to celebrate 50 years of our 8 Abilities Curriculum. 在整个2023-2024学年,我们将每月庆祝并关注每种能力. Check out our #AbilitiesInAction shared by our students, faculty, 员工和校友们,我们不仅在庆祝,而且在行动和实践中展示我们的能力!  As we say, if you know it, show it! 

Our 8 Abilities

Aesthetic Engagement






Developing a Global Perspective

Developing a

Effective Citizenship


Problem Solving


Social Interaction


Valuing in Decision Making

Valuing in 
Decision Making

Real-World Ready

We give students so much more than a single letter grade. 我们给他们整段整段的反馈,就像他们收到的绩效评估一样 the real world. This assessment lets students know what they’re doing well and where they can grow, fostering a desire for continuous improvement. All of our 8 Abilities are critically analyzed each year to determine their relevance and inspire a fresh perspective.

Diverse students in courtyard

Benefits of non-traditional grades

Students focus on their learning. 他们将挑战视为学习和成长的机会,而不是成功的障碍.

The impact of systemic drivers of inequality like race, gender, socioeconomic status and disability is reduced, leveling the playing field for all students. Regardless of 他们从什么水平开始,学生是根据他们自己的个人成长速度来评估的

Students are encouraged to take more risks. When they’re focused on performance and their strengths rather than grades, students are more willing to experiment with new ideas, leading to deeper learning and more creative thinking.

Student learning is more accurately represented. 一个字母的分数反映了学生达到通用标准的能力, whereas our assessment-based 模型衡量每个学生对一门学科的掌握程度以及在现实环境中应用知识和技能的能力.

阿尔维诺的8种能力可以帮助你成为一个无论做什么都能成功的女人. When I first started there, I was very shy. 阿尔维诺提供了很多成长的机会和掌握日常生活所需的技能. vnsr威尼斯城官网登入 empowers you to be the woman you may have never dreamed you could be.

– Amorina Cruz ‘19

Why 8 Abilities?

 In the early 1970s, vnsr威尼斯城官网登入试图为学生提供一些比正在教授的主题的基本理解更多的东西. We wanted our graduates to demonstrate what they know — to stand out — so we needed a curriculum that would stand out. It was through this desire that the 8 Abilities were born.

The abilities we weave throughout our curriculum represent the core, transferable skills that employers sought 50 years ago and continue to seek today. As those needs evolve, so do our abilities. vnsr威尼斯城官网登入开创了我们以能力为基础,以结果为中心的教育方法.

自阿尔弗诺的8项能力诞生以来的几十年里,来自美国各地的无数教育工作者.S. 世界各地都开始学习和采用这种教学模式. Why? Because it works.

Other well-respected institutions like Reed University, Brown University, 萨拉劳伦斯大学(Sarah Lawrence University)、斯坦福大学(Stanford)和耶鲁大学法学院(Yale Law school)自此取消了标准字母等级.

vnsr威尼斯城官网登入 was one of the first, but we won’t be the last.

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The Impact of vnsr威尼斯城官网登入's 8 Abilities

我们相信这8种能力的力量可以改变生活,但不要相信我们的话. 一项针对300多名毕业生的调查发现,这8种能力对两者都有积极影响 their learning and career experiences. Here’s what they had to say.

Check out our 8 Abilities flipbook online. Learn more about why vnsr威尼斯城官网登入's 从一开始,通过8种能力为学生的下一步生活做好准备的方法就被描述为创新和革命性的.