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Accelerated Placement Program (APP)

Accelerated Placement:

 

Accelerated Placement, 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.  Students, whose academic needs are not sufficiently met through differentiation may request consideration to the D44 Accelerated Placement Program.  Eligibility for the Accelerated Placement Program is open to all currently enrolled D44 students regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability, English language proficiency, or socioeconomic status. Participation in the D44 Accelerated Placement Program is not limited to students who have been identified as “high achievers”, but is open to all children who demonstrate high ability.  

 

Accelerated Placement Team Members

 

Evaluation Team Members:

 
  • The parent or Legal Guardian
  • Building Administrator
  • Grade Level Teacher/Team Leader
  • Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Team Member
  • EL, Special Education Teacher
  • School Psychologist
 

Application Process:

 

A student’s parent or guardian may apply and request consideration to the Accelerated Placement Program, or on behalf of the student the classroom teacher or building administrator may apply and request consideration to one of the following District 44’s Accelerated Placement Programs. No outside requests will be considered.

 

In accordance with ISBE 105 ILCS5/14A-32, copies of this policy are available at each school building as well as published on the District 44 website: https://www.sd44.org/

 

Early Entrance to Kindergarten or First Grade

 
  • Contact resident building principal in writing by March 15th.
  • Completed application turned in to resident building principal by April 1st.
 

Residential District 44 families who have children that will reach age 5 by December 1 may apply and request consideration for early entrance to kindergarten.  Residential District 44 families who have children that will reach 6 years by September 2 - December 1st may apply and request consideration for early entrance to first grade.  This process begins by parents contacting their residential elementary building principal, in writing, by March 15th to state their intent to apply and begin the Early Entrance Application Process. If testing is needed, students will participate in a thorough Readiness to Attend School testing and assessment process to determine whether their child is eligible for early entrance.

 

The following checklist can guide parents who may be considering pursuing this process:

 
  • The child demonstrates skills and abilities that are well above age peers.
  • The child demonstrates strong and mature social interaction skills.
  • The child demonstrates independence and motivation to learn.
  • The child has a long attention span.
  • The child has an extraordinary memory.
  • The child demonstrates strong mathematical understandings.
  • The child demonstrates early verbal ability, e.g., early use of complex sentences and advanced vocabulary; may be an early reader who understands what he/she reads
 

Areas of potential assessment:

  • Early math and literacy skills.
  • Cognitive learning potential.
  • Adaptive behavior functioning.
  • Social-emotional functioning.
  • Functional performance in the school setting.


Individual Subject Acceleration

 

Students, whose academic needs are not sufficiently met through differentiation may request consideration for Individual Subject Acceleration Program.

 

Students who are highly advanced in either English Language Arts (ELA) or Mathematics may apply and request consideration for Individual Subject Acceleration. The first part of the Individual Subject Acceleration Request process will involve a review of 1) the individual student’s readiness to accelerate, 2) the student’s desire to accelerate, 3) and if the student’s academic needs are not being sufficiently meet through differentiation.

 
  • Contact resident building principal
 
  • Criteria
  • Consistent Multiple Map Scores of 96% or higher in Math
  • Consistent Multiple Map Scores of 96% or higher in Reading
  • A comprehensive review of the student’s current academic progress.
  • The student’s readiness to accelerate.
  • The student’s desire to be accelerated.
 

Whole Grade Acceleration

 

Students, whose academic needs are not sufficiently met through differentiation may request consideration to the Whole-Grade Acceleration Program.

 

This is an option for students who are highly advanced in all core curriculum subject areas. This process will begin with a review of 1) the individual student’s readiness for whole grade acceleration, 2) the student’s desire for whole-grade accelerate, 3) and if the student’s academic needs are not being sufficiently meet through grade level differentiation.  When it is determined that differentiation may not be sufficient to meet the child's learning needs, a thorough review of the child will be conducted.

 
  • Contact the resident building principal.
 
  • Criteria:
 
  • Consistent Multiple Map Scores of 96% or higher in Math
  • Consistent Multiple Map Scores of 96% or higher in Reading
  • A comprehensive review of the student’s current academic progress.
  • Readiness to accelerate.
  • The student’s desire to be accelerated.
  • Very superior or extremely high verbal comprehension and expression skills.
  • Very superior or extremely high visual or non-verbal reasoning skills.