Academics

 

 

For over 40 years, Education for Life has pioneered an approach that emphasizes cultivating the intellect in conjunction with the body, feelings, and will. Modern research shows that the future of education around the world lies with schools that can successfully implement this kind of integrated, holistic approach.

The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is the principle tool for judging high school achievement in the United States. The following table shows the average scores of our graduating students compared to average national scores.

SAT Scores 2005-16
National Averages EFL Averages
Critical Reading 497 578
Mathematics 514 610
Writing 489 578
Total 1500 1766

The SAT has withstood the misguided notion current in many educational circles that student achievement can be measured by the number of facts and formulas that have been retained. As an example high scores on the current STAR test in California depend on a student’s knowledge of the Schlieffen Plan, the Tennis Court Oath, and other obscure data that require a fixed curriculum and massive amounts of spirit-deadening memorization to assimilate. Students in an EFL school with an expansive, student-centered curriculum would not do well on these tests.

Other tests, like the SAT however, approach achievement from the more plausible perspective that student progress is better measured in such areas as reading comprehension, mathematical reasoning, and writing skills. We utilized one of these tests, The Iowa Test of Educational Development (ITED), with our students. The results are listed below in percentile ranks that show how our students compared with other schools. A ranking in the 90th percentile means they scored in the top 10% nationally.

Standardized Testing 2005-15  Average EFL Student Percentile
Vocabulary 92
Reading Comprehension 93
Language 91
Math Concepts & Problems 93
Computation 81
Total Percentile 93

These scores demonstrate the effectiveness of a holistic approach like Education for Life even in more traditional areas of student achievement. For a fuller discussion of this topic, see the article on “Organic Education”.

The tables below shows the yearly SAT and IOWA scores.

SAT Annual averages Verbal Math Written
2005 560 700
2006 530 500 535
2007 540 606 567
2009 577 575 580
2010 620 610 610
2013 576 603 500
2015 570 650 600
2016 610 693 667
IOWA test scores 2005 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Vocabulary 99 87 89 96 97 99 99 81 91 86
Reading Comprehension 93 93 96 95 93 99 99 86 94 87
Language 94 85 92 79 91 96 99 94 95 85
Math Concepts & Problems 97 91 95 96 85 97 99 96 91 86
Computation 88 82 61 80 84 71 96 92 85 79
Overall Percentile Score 96 90 94 93 93 98 99 94 89 85

High School Graduates

Graduates from our school were accepted at the following colleges and universities: UC Merced, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, UC Santa Barbara, Mills College, Berea College, Evergreen, Occidental, St Mary’s, Lewis and Clark, Humboldt State, Reed, Linfield, Whitman, Puget Sound, Maharishi University of Management, Ithaca College, Ananda College of Living Wisdom, and many more.