Mastery-Based Learning

Mastery Based Learning

How does it work?

Instead of traditional letter grades, our students receive detailed reports about their progress on each learning target addressed in their classes. Parents and students can access these reports at . To login, use the student’s first name, last name, and NHPS ID number.

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Students will be responsible for their own learning and demonstrate mastery of content and skills before advancing in a course or to the next course.

Stages of advancement

The following stages correspond to the four years traditionally required for high school. They may be completed in less or more than four years by each student, as needed:

  1. Foundation year: Developing the basic academic skills, content knowledge, and self-discipline to succeed in high school
  2. Core year: Advancing academic skills and completing most required content study
  3. Focus year: Exploring elective content study and determining the details of a transition out of high school and into college and career training
  4. Bridge year: Finalizing the skills and preparation needed to bridge the transition into adulthood


Students will …

  • Learn through multiple pathways: traditional classroom, online courses/resources, extra time in the afternoon, and out of school experiences
  • Build on prior knowledge to develop a comprehensive understanding of new content
  • Engage in active debate over legal and social justice issues related to course content
  • Develop independent course-specific skills
  • Evaluate data and evidence
  • Communicate clearly, concisely, and accurately

Mastery Performance Levels

Student has proven expertise in course material and is ahead of course pace. Student is on track to finish this course and may move on to the next course level before the academic year has ended.


Student has proven some expertise in course material and is ahead of course pace. Student will need to demonstrate additional expertise to move on to the next course level.


Student has proven mastery through demonstration of quality work and has maintained course pace.   Currently on pace to earn credit.    


Although completed work may show mastery of skills, student is currently not on pace to complete material by the end of this academic year.  Successful completion of all course material is required for advancement.


Student has developed some understanding, but has not demonstrated mastery of course content and skills.  Without additional academic support student is unlikely to finish course material by the end of the academic year. 


Student has completed some work demonstrating a beginning understanding of course content.  Student is not on course pace, and will require substantial academic support in order to reach mastery and complete course work by the end of the academic year. 


Student has demonstrated little or no understanding of course content and skills.  At current pace, student will not complete the course by the end of the academic year.