Academically Talented Program

The District provides an Academic Talented Program that is accordance with Board Policy 6:135: Accelerated Placement Program (APP), which advances the District’s goal of providing educational programs with opportunities for each student to develop to his or her maximum potential. APP options include, but may not be limited to: 

(a) accelerating a student in a single subject; (b) full grade-level acceleration; and (c) early entrance to kindergarten or first grade. Participation in programs is open to all students who demonstrate high ability as defined by the District criteria and who may benefit from accelerated placement.

Early Entrance

Early Entrance into Kindergarten:

A child entering Kindergarten must be five years old on or before September 1 of that school term. Consistent with Board Policy 6:135: Accelerated Placement Program, the District may grant a student early entrance to Kindergarten based upon an assessment of his or her readiness to attend school. For information about early entrance to Kindergarten, please contact the building principal where your child is assigned to attend Kindergarten.  

Early Entrance into 1st Grade:

A child entering 1st grade must be six years of age on or before September 1 of that school term. Consistent with Board Policy 6:135: Accelerated Placement Program, the District may grant a student early entrance to 1st grade based upon an assessment of his or her readiness to attend school. For information about early entrance to 1st grade, please contact the building principal where your child is assigned to attend 1st grade.  

Full Grade Acceleration

When considering the needs of high ability students, full grade acceleration or “grade-skipping” may meet the academic needs of certain students. Successful acceleration occurs when a student is not only doing the caliber of work necessary to be placed in the next grade, but also demonstrates the ability to do the caliber of work required of students in the top 10% the next grade level. The goal of acceleration is to match the curriculum with the readiness and motivation of the learner. The process for determining if full grade acceleration is an appropriate step is a team process, involving the child, the classroom teacher, parents, specialists, and other staff. 

If you would like your child to be considered for Full Grade Acceleration, please complete the Acceleration Referral Form, and return the form to your child's school principal. 

For initial evaluation, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Academic achievement results in math and reading as measured on a District approved achievement test at the 98th national percentile rank or higher

                                                    AND

  • Aptitude/abilities test composite score results on a District approved assessment at the 98th national percentile rank or higher

If a student meets the initial evaluation criteria, the District will follow a process that includes measures about social-emotional well-being, learner behaviors, academic performance, such as the process outlined in the Iowa Acceleration Scale (IAS).

Elementary School Academically Talented Program

Students are identified for the AT Program beginning in third grade for fourth grade placement. At the primary level, student needs are met within the regular classroom and through enrichment activities.

Academically Talented Literacy (AT)
The district’s students who demonstrate “high ability” in literacy based on the identification process in each grade level qualify for Academically Talented (AT) Literacy. Students receive differentiated instruction to enrich the content and skills from the District’s Illinois State Standard aligned literacy curriculum. Supplemental materials specifically designed for gifted literacy learners support this AT curriculum.

Academically Talented Math (AT)
Students identified as academically talented in math participate in the AT math class. This class provides both acceleration and enrichment for high performing students at fourth and fifth grade. The curriculum highlights critical thinking, problem solving, math vocabulary, real-world math connections, and problem-based learning.

Middle School Programming

Academically Talented Literacy (AT)
The district’s students who demonstrate “high ability” in literacy based on the identification process in each grade level qualify for Academically Talented (AT) Literacy. These classes differentiate and enrich the content and skills from the District’s Illinois State Standard aligned literacy curriculum. Supplemental materials specifically designed for "high ability" literacy learners support this AT curriculum.



Academically Talented Documents

Summer Work

CR Cindy Ruesch

Director of Staff, Family, and Student Services