Feedback: helpful information or criticism that is given to someone to say what can be done to improve a performance, product, etc. Since 1991, our unique Academic Merit System has allowed faculty to give students feedback every five weeks. This feedback allows students to get a clear, broad sense of progress made and improvements to strive for in the areas we believe are the foundations of lifelong learning: effort, collaboration, attitudes, and self-awareness.
Vir bonus semper discipulus est. - A good man (person) is always a student. Our motto guides us as we prepare students for the complex ever-changing reality of the 21st century. To successfully navigate today’s knowledge and information society, students must master much more than just the academic content measured by a test. Students need to develop skills, strategies, and behaviors to achieve academic success here at The Gunnery and later in life.

How do we define Academic Merit?

List of 5 items.

  • Preparedness:

    is regularly prepared for class with necessary materials
    • Are you ready for class each day?
    • Do you plan and complete major assignments in an organized fashion?
  • Completion and Conscientiousness:

    completes daily assignments on time, proactively makes up work when absent, and does the best work possible in the time allotted
    • Do you do the daily work?
    • Do you look to understand the daily work and not just finish it?
  • Engagement:

    listens with attentiveness, respect, courtesy, and empathy; contributes in a meaningful way to the class
    • Do you listen attentively and respectfully to your classmates and your teacher?
    • Are you initiating class discussion? 
  • Collaboration and Group Work:

    works well and productively with others 
    • Do you work well and productively with others?
    • Do you enhance the learning of others in the classroom and in other group settings?
  • Self-Awareness and Persistence:

    recognizes strengths and weaknesses, seeks extra help when needed, and perseveres when confronting failure
    • Do you know where your strengths and weaknesses lie in this class and do you look to get help?
    • Do you persist and make adjustments when you fail or confront a roadblock?

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    Founded in 1850 by abolitionist, educator, and outdoorsman Frederick Gunn, The Gunnery is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12/post-graduate. Dedicated teacher-mentor-coaches challenge students to reach their full potential in a home-like setting where character and citizenship are valued as much as intellect and achievement. Individualized attention and high expectations help young learners develop not only the skills and confidence they will need in college, but also the moral compass and love of learning that will serve them well in life. The school attracts ambitious, academically curious students who will both shine as unique individuals and thrive as contributing members of a deeply connected community. By the time they graduate, Gunnery students have become well rounded, grounded young adults with a sharpened sense of who they are and who they want to become.