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Collection # DRT-70.0-002

WA Upper School Faculty Gradebooks,
1995- Present

Main Entry: Academic Dean
Volume: Annual Accrual

Biographical/Historical Note:
Beginning in the 1960s, The Office of Academic Dean functioned much like an assistant principal, assisting in student class placement, faculty class assignments, permanent records maintenance, guardian of graduation requirements and student awards, and counseling. In the 1960s, Elmo Mitchell first served this position and then Aaron Turner. In the early 1970s, Roger Sloan, who first began teaching Social Studies in 1971, assumed these responsibilities. As the Upper School counseling program was gradually expanded from the 1970s, Sloan, as Academic Dean and Assistant Principal, became responsible the entire underclass and college counseling programs. By 2000, when the counseling department had grown to nine full time positions, the job of Academic Dean had also become the Director of Guidance and had wide ranging responsibilities, including academic graduation requirements, grade distribution and verification, student academic awards banquets, and college placement. In 2000, Sloan also took a leading role in the establishment of the first on-line computer grading systems. For many decades, Sloan was also the official sponsor of the Randolph W. Thrower Chapter of the National Honor Society.

Scope and Content:
Arranged in chronological order, this collection consists of Woodward Academy gradebooks kept in alphabetical order by Upper School teachers. Gradebooks were stored by the Academic Dean’s office for about five years because Upper School counselors were often called upon to verify or clarify grades for the most recent years. After five years, records were placed in permanent files and the gradebooks were destroyed. During the 2000-2001 school year, an on-line computer grading system was initiated and many teachers no longer kept the traditional gradebooks, but instead submitted hard copies of computer rendered grades. Systematic collection of Upper School faculty gradebooks began in 2001 with gradebooks from the 1995-1996 school year and continued through annual accrual of department records transfer from the Academic Dean’s Office. For more information concerning GMA gradebooks, see Collection #MS-001.

Subject Headings:
Upper School- 60.0


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