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|
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|
|Math Concepts & Problems||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|
|IOWA test scores||2005||2007||2008||2009||2010||2011||2012||2013||2014||2015|
|Math Concepts & Problems||97||91||95||96||85||97||99||96||91||86|
|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.