Valley View Charter Prep collects work samples at the beginning of the fall semester for all students (K-12), plus another set of samples in the spring semester for high school student (gr 9-12). Our schools are funded by the state, and the work samples are one way we show that the students are learning and growing throughout the year. Thank you for all of your support in collecting good, representative work samples. Please note the fine details of work samples:
- We require two work samples per subject (as listed on the Master Agreement) for the collection periods at the beginning of each semester. ALL WORK SAMPLES MUST BE ORIGINALS, not photocopies.
- Work samples should be legible, and representative of the child’s best work.
- Do not date the sample. If need be, make sure dates are school days, not weekends or holidays.
- Students must print or sign their LEGAL first and last name on the top right of every page in their writing (if possible). Nicknames are not permitted on any of the legal documents such as Attendance Logs, Master Agreement, and Learning Report.
- We need two separate assignments for each subject. Each work sample will consist of a single 8×11 page. It may be a two-sided assignment, but ONE SHEET.
Note: Use the official PE log (two of them) for PE samples.
- The two work sample pages within a given subject must be from different assignments — they may not be two consecutive pages (e.g., not page 1 and 2 of math book). They must show two different pieces of work that represent learning taking place over the course of the first month of school. If dated, they may not state the same date.
- MATH: The question, the student work, the answer AND the evaluation must be included within the two sides of the single sheet.
Examples of Acceptable work samples for grades K-8
- Canned sample option for k-8
- Completed workbook pages
- Written assignments
- Poems, stories, reports (include student signature on typed reports)
- Reading logs with student reflections
- Student artwork
- Student dictation written by parent (K-1)
- Parent-produced description of activity completed (grades K-1)
- Photos of projects completed with explanatory notes (as long as students also have other samples in their own writing,)
- Music work samples may be a copy of sheet music worked on with a written description, a teacher-observed performance or a completed practice log.
Examples of Acceptable Work Samples for High School
While we allow a fair amount of flexibility in the types of samples that are collected, all materials should significantly substantiate the coursework that a student is doing. It is expected that at the high school level the student is generating a significant volume of work and can readily turn in samples that are reflective of the student’s overall course load. The following are suitable high school samples:
- Graded Essays: Rough drafts or final copies.
At least one significant writing sample should be included. It can be from any subject area.
- Vocabulary, Grammar, and Spelling worksheets.
- Short answer responses to reading
- Mid-chapter and end of chapter reviews
- Graded math assignments with problems (showing all work)
- Study guides
- Drawing, painting, and graphic design projects
- Photographs and descriptions of large-scale projects
- Teacher responses to student demonstrations or oral presentations
- See course descriptions for assignments that are required for submission in addition to the above.
Unacceptable work samples (all grade levels)
The following are examples of unacceptable work samples:
- Sectarian (religious) work samples are never allowed. This includes work samples with references to scripture on the page or religious references in the body of the work. Whiting-out the religious references not acceptable. Work samples applying to studies of world religions or comparative religion ARE acceptable.
- Student work written on scraps of paper, napkins, etc.
- Crumpled, torn, soiled or illegible samples.
- Work samples printed on the back of other documents. These are difficult to read.
- Work that has not been corrected and evaluated.
- Answers for math assignments without work shown.
- Samples for courses other than foreign language courses that are not in English.
For HS, there must be 2 samples for each class listed on the Master Agreement.