wHAT ARE narrative assessments?

At Odyssey, we don’t give grades or place numbers on a student’s learning, engagement, and schooling career. Instead, we assess their learning over the course of each course and write descriptive narratives on what the student learned, how they interacted in class and with assignments, what types of thesis papers they wrote, and what projects they created.


We believe that learning is fun and for everyone, it is not a competition. We also see students as individuals with in-depth life stories and passions, who learn in unique ways different from one another. We don’t label them with numbers or letters because these are too small and narrow to properly show the whole of a person and their academic and communal growth over time. Narrative assessments allow mentors to give a more accurate portrayal of a student’s growth.