Elementary School Advanced Academic Programs
Advanced Academic services are implemented in elementary schools using a school-based model. As gifted and talented students are identified through the district identification process in grades 1 and 2, they are invited to participate in a G/T group with a highly qualified instructor to meet their needs in addition to classroom instruction. The program is expanded in grades 3-4 to include not only those who are identified GT, but also those students who meet advanced performance criteria. If these students are in grades 3-4, they will have the opportunity to participate in the dynamic, responsive, and inclusive REACH Program.
The REACH Program is defined by the following:
- Students will explore topics such as:
- Digital Citizenship
- U.S. Legal System
- Financial Literacy
- These students will be served according to the following:
- A minimum of two hours per week
- These two hours will be on a rotating schedule so as not to miss consistent time or major assessments from one core content area
- Groups will consist of no more than 20 students at a time
- Given that students will only be missing daily assignments from time to time, they are not required to make up that work, though they are responsible for learning the content.
- A student would only be placed on probation from the REACH Program if their content grade drops below a 75 average for the 9-week period. Probationary period would then begin the following 9-weeks. Probationary students would be evaluated for re-entry into the REACH program at progress report periods.
- Identified G/T students are also served by highly trained classroom teachers so that they may receive instruction and support in extension and advanced activities within the regular curriculum.