ebany Posted September 10, 2010 Report Share Posted September 10, 2010 I'm quite surprised at my dd's RAD grade 5 exam results (63-Merit) this year. Every year she seems to get exactly the same grade, however this year she has had 1/2 hour private each week as well as 2x1hour grade classes, 2x1.5 hour inter foundation plus pre-pointe and performance group classes each week. The school has been putting a lot of energy into the seniors, and she has ended up being the only child in her grade getting private lessons. The Principal told me that she could not offer solos to dd as no other child in her grade had the opportunity, but we have been working on the assumption that she will start soon. Her teachers tell me that she is doing well in classes, and that she has great feet and excellent facility, but needs to be stronger (protein shakes have been suggested). All in all, I guess I just thought that over the last year and a half with increased hours and private lessons, she would be getting distinctions as other girls in the class (but not her exam group) did. Her goal is to pursue dance as a career or a teacher, and I wonder if she is not going to be able to get there or if it is too soon to tell. I have trouble with knowing what this score means when nobody knows what goes on in the exam room. She came out of her exam happy and excited, so she felt good about how she went, and I've told her I'm very proud of her - she doesn't know that I'm surprised and a bit disappointed, because I'm not disappointed with her, just with my own expectations. Very interested in what other parents or experienced teachers have to say, it's a bit hard to say some of this in school - suggestions how to approach teachers about it most welcome. Quote Link to comment
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