Enrichment and Acceleration

Enrichment/Honors

Students are challenged academically through a range of honors level programming beginning in grade 6 with an honors in English and math.

Q.U.E.S.T (Question, Understand, Experiment, Share, Think)

This one day a week, “pull-out” program is for Gifted and Talented students in fourth and fifth grade. Students in Q.U.E.S.T. work on thematic units of instruction designed to supplement and elaborate on the general curriculum. The goal of the program is to provide students with the opportunity to meet and exceed challenging learning standards in an interactive and hands-on classroom environment. All parents in grades 3 and 4 will be notified annually about this offering and informed on the criteria needed to qualify for the program.

More information can be found on the QUEST Web page.

Critical Inquiry

The goal of this program is to provide a challenging and rigorous humanities curriculum for highly able students in sixth grade, designed to strengthen critical thinking skills and nurture creative thought using a Socratic Seminar approach and inquiry model of instruction.

More information can be found on the Critical Inquiry Frequently Asked Questions.

Critical Inquiry Google Slides Presentation

Acceleration

Students are challenged academically through a range of accelerated programming. 

  • At the elementary level, students may be evaluated for possible acceleration in mathematics.
  • Beginning in grade 7, there is an acceleration level for English and social studies. In grade 8, students are selected to enroll in English 9H, Global 9, accelerated Regents earth science, enriched algebra one, accelerated studio art and technology.

The district has established a process to identify students for acceleration. Identification criteria include the CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test), the TOMAGS (Test of Mathematical Abilities for Gifted Students), the Gifted Rating Scale, as well as input from the parent, teacher and principal. Results of these data points are returned to the building level committees to determine appropriate programming.

ELA/Social Studies Acceleration Presentation

 

 

 

Math/Science Presentations

The Math Science Acceleration Presentation is for 7th graders moving to 8th grade and have been recommended for acceleration in math and science.

The Math parent presentation 6 going 7 is for 6th graders moving to 7th grade and have been recommended for acceleration in math.

Math Acceleration 6 going 7   https://youtu.be/w7oQ96kPCn4

Math Science Acceleration 7 going 8  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrYgrsy5xA0&feature=youtu.be

Early Admission to Kindergarten

The district has a procedure whereby high ability children who are at least four years old, may apply to enter school early. Contact the office of the Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Curriculum and Assessment at 881-0640 for more information.