Advanced Academics

  • The purpose of the Advanced Academics Program in Yelm Community Schools is to provide services for students within the school day, at their home school and by a classroom teacher.   The areas currently served include English Language Arts and Mathematics.  The Advanced Academics Program is for students who demonstrate or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared to others of their age, experiences, or environments.

    Program Goals:

    • Provide differentiated instruction to students in the areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics whose needs cannot be met through the core curricula.
    • Provide an environment which encourages divergent thinking, creative problem solving, and higher-level thinking.
    • Provide opportunities for self-directed learning.
    • Ensure that advanced students are appropriately challenged and are making strong academic growth.

    Teachers implement Common Core State Standards with differentiation as a focus.  Teachers also use their knowledge of students and ongoing assessments to provide multiple mediums in which students can show their knowledge and skills based on their strengths and areas for growth.


  • November-December:  Referrals Accepted (Parent and Teacher - Plus Permission to Test)
    January: Testing Window for Referrals and 5th Grade (Screener and/or Full Battery)
    February: 5th Grade Eligibility Determined (Via Multidisciplinary Team)
    March: Testing Window for 2nd Grade (Screener and/or Full Battery)
    April: Referrals and 2nd Grade Eligibility Determined (Via Multidisciplinary Team) 
    May: Parents Notified 
    September of Following Year:  Beginning of Services