At New School High, positive personal skills are valued as essential to success. Therefore, skills such as kindness, cooperation, respect, preparation, leadership, creativity, and responsibility are explicitly addressed in the advisory class and pro-actively supported in all other school interactions. Since the development of these qualities and skills is an important priority, useful feedback to students will be given regularly in the form of personal grades. These personal grades will serve to document progress with the goal of continual improvement. Personal grades are standards-based but never a part of a student’s grade point average (GPA). That being said, personal grades may provide valuable documentation for the student who is applying for an internship or a part-time or summer job. While preparing his or her college application, personal grades will be powerful evidence of desirable qualities such as leadership and responsibility.