• Accelerated Placement Program

     

    Accelerated Placement Program is the placement of a student at the instructional level that best matches that student’s needs by allowing access to a curriculum that is usually reserved for children who are older or in higher grades than the student.  Accelerated placement includes, but may not be limited to: early entrance to Kindergarten or first grade, accelerating a student in a single subject, and a whole grade acceleration.

    Referral Process

    Requests for Accelerated Placement should be made to the building principal as early as possible (April 1st) for the following school year. A student’s parent or guardian may apply and request consideration to the Accelerated Placement Program. To request, parents or guardians will need to complete one of the forms and submit it to the building principal.

     

    Accelerated Placement Team Members 

    (Note: some members will participate when necessary) 

    • The parent or Legal Guardian

    • Building Administrator

    • Grade Level Teacher/Team Leader

    • School Psychologist

    • EL, Special Education Teacher 

     

    Evaluation Process for Early Entrance to Kindergarten or First Grade

    To qualify for early entrance screening for kindergarten or first grade, a parent/guardian must provide proof of the following to the school principal:

    • Proof of residency within District 60

    • Child’s attendance records from an early childhood center or non-public preschool or school

    The procedures for evaluation are based on the research from the Iowa Acceleration Scale, 3rd Edition. The multiple measures used in the evaluation take into consideration various indicators that determine student readiness for acceleration. The indicators include ability, aptitude, academic achievement and social emotional readiness.

    Areas of potential assessment:

    • Math and literacy skills

    • Cognitive ability

    • Adaptive behavior functioning

    • Social-emotional functioning

    • Functional performance in the school setting

     

    Appointment is scheduled for student assessment.  Two sessions (60-90 minutes each) are scheduled between May 15-May 30.

    Completion of parent and teacher questionnaires

    After the completion of the entire screening process, a comprehensive review of student qualifications will be conducted and a determination will be made.

     

    Evaluation Process for Academic Acceleration for Single Subject and Whole Grade

    The procedures for evaluation are based on the research from the Iowa Acceleration Scale, 3rd Edition.  The multiple measures used in the evaluation take into consideration various indicators that determine student readiness for acceleration. The indicators include ability, aptitude, academic achievement and social emotional readiness. 

    Areas of potential assessments:

    • Math and literacy skills

    • Cognitive ability

    • Mastery of content area standards

    • Current academic progress

    • Social-emotional functioning

    Appointment is scheduled for student assessment. After the completion of the entire screening process, a comprehensive review of student qualifications will be conducted and a determination will be made.