• Souhegan High School is committed to providing its students with the tools necessary to become active citizens in a democratic society. We expect students to demonstrate their progress in becoming knowledgeable persons; complex thinkers; skilled information processors; effective communicators; self-directed learners; collaborative workers; and responsible citizens. We use these Academic Learner Expectations to design assessment tools for their specific courses. We also use these goals to assess our three major graduation requirements—the Division I Exhibition, the Junior Research Paper, and the Senior Project. We ask students to reflect on their progress towards these Academic Learner Expectations throughout their four years of high school. 

    Academic Learner Expectations: These expectations form the basis of assessment in our courses, and are used in each of our graduation requirements to assess student progress. Teachers use relevant ALEs to design assessment tools. We ask students to demonstrate progress in becoming a: 


    ALE Knowledgeable Person

    1. Acquires and integrates the critical information necessary for success in academic and non-academic domains. 
    2. Effectively utilizes the strategies and skills necessary for success in academic and non-academic domains 


    ALE Complex Thinker

    1. Effectively translates issues and situations into manageable tasks that have a clear purpose 
    2. Effectively uses a variety of complex reasoning strategies 


    ALE Skilled Information Processor/Consumer

    1. Effectively interprets and synthesizes information 
    2. Effectively uses a variety of information gathering techniques and information resources 
    3. Accurately assesses the value of information  
    4. Recognizes where and how projects would benefit from additional information 


    Effective Communicator/Producer

    1. Expresses ideas clearly 
    2. Effectively communicates with diverse audiences 
    3. Effectively communicates through a variety of mediums 
    4. Effectively communicates for a variety of purposes  
    5. Creates quality products  


    Self-Directed Learner

    1. Seeks different perspectives and considers choices before acting 
    2. Pushes the limits of his/her ability and perseveres when faced with difficult situations 
    3. Establishes clear goals and manages progress toward achieving them 
    4. Generates and pursues personal standards of performance 


    Collaborative Worker

    1. Works toward the achievement of group goals 
    2. Demonstrates effective interpersonal skills 
    3. Contributes to group maintenance 
    4. Self-assesses and monitors own behavior within a group  


    Responsible Citizen

         1.Shows willingness to work toward improvement of the community