In late winter/early spring, students begin participating in the jury process. During this time, sixth and eighth graders present their portfolios to a team of assessors in a formal jury presentation.
The team of assessors is typically made up of two adults including an IACS staff member and outside community member (an IACS parent or otherwise). A younger peer also attends to learn about the process and provide additional support. Students share portfolio pieces of work and provide evidence of why they believe they are ready to be promoted to the next grade. Following the jury presentation, students receive feedback from the assessor, including a final jury grade.