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:
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/
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:
Areas of potential assessment:
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.
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.