Are grades always given to enrolled students, or is there an alternative evaluation method?

In K-4, students receive narrative lessons comments and a pass/fail grade for each lesson. Beginning in fifth grade, students receive letter grades but may choose to continue with the pass/fail system. Even more important than the lesson and semester grades, however, are the teacher’s lesson comments and semester evaluations. These narrative assessments form the basis of the guidance and active teaching from the Oak Meadow teacher, and provide concrete feedback which the student can use to improve his or her work. The lesson comments and semester evaluations also help develop the one-to-one relationship between the student and the Oak Meadow teacher which facilitates more meaningful learning.