Academically able students have advanced reading and writing abilities, strong task commitment and internal motivation. These characteristics allow them to independently acquire factual information at a rapid pace and communicate their understanding clearly. Students in advanced classes can expect preparatory homework as well as long-term assignments in all subject areas. Advanced preparation is the focus of all core subjects: reading, writing, science, social studies, and math.
Advanced Students need to meet the following academic criteria:
- Academic Criteria
- ASPIRE: Hi, V.Hi
- PARCC: Exceeds Expectations in Reading and Writing
- Prior grade academic performance scores, letter grades or standards grades
- MS Common Assessment in Math & LA
- Other characteristics of a student in an advanced class:
- Maintains high overall grades and academic scholarship
- Shows dedication to learning
- Overcomes obstacles to achievement through self-determination
- Handles fast paced instruction with little review or repetition
- Negotiates text beyond what is explicitly stated
- Operates comfortably with abstract material
- Independently makes connections
- Is an avid reader, critical thinker
- Accomplished writing talent, uses advanced word choice, structure and grammar
- Students may be in one or more advanced courses.
- Placement in a course for accelerated learning one year does not guarantee placement in an Advanced or Honors level course the following year.
- Gifted and Talented identification does not guarantee placement in advanced classes. Students must still meet the advanced criteria outlined above.