2190 Advanced Academic Program

  • In accordance with the philosophy to develop the unique abilities of all students, including those who are highly capable, the district will offer an advanced academic program which provides selected kindergarten through twelfth grade students with access to a basic education program that accelerates learning and/or enhances instruction. The framework for such programs will encompass, but not be limited to, the following objectives: 

    1. Expansion of academic attainments and intellectual skills; and
    2. Stimulation of intellectual curiosity, independence and responsi­bility;
    3. Development of a positive attitude toward self and others; and
    4. Development of originality and creativity.

    The board will annually approve the district’s advanced academic plan including: the number of students the district expects to serve by grade level; the district’s plan to identify students; a description of the advanced academic program goals; a description of the services the program will offer; an instructional program description; a description of ongoing professional development for the advanced academic program and general education staff; program evaluation; a fiscal report; and assurances that the district is legally compliant.

    The superintendent will establish procedures consistent with state guidelines for identifying children of demonstrated achievement or potential ability in terms of general intellectual ability and academic aptitude.

    Legal References:   
    RCW 28A.185.030           Programs – Authority of local school districts –Selection of students
    WAC 392‑170                   Special services program – Highly capable students

    Management Resources: 
    Policy News                       April 2008 Highly Capable Program
    Policy & Legal News       Sept.

    ADOPTED: 01/17/91
    REVISED: 09/25/97; 06/23/08; 11/26/13; 04/24/14

    Procedure No. 2190P Academic Program

    Nomination

    Anyone may nominate a child to the program, including teachers, other staff, parents, and members of the community. Nominators will be sent the district’s nomination form to recommend a child for consideration in the program.

    Assessment

    The district will screen each nominee to identify students who qualify for further assessment.

    Prior to conducting assessment(s) the Advanced Academic Coordinator will obtain written parental permission except when administering screening assessments across an entire grade level.

    Nominees identified through the screening process will be assessed using multiple criteria from a variety of sources and data, including tests that measure academic achievement, cognitive ability, and behavioral characteristics of highly capable students.

    Selection

    A multi-disciplinary selection team composed of a district administrator, psychologist or other individual who can interpret cognitive and achievement test results and a teacher will review data that has been collected for each of the nominated students. They will select those students who would receive the most benefit from participating in the program. The district will: 

    1. Notify parents of students who have been selected. Parents shall receive a full explanation of the procedures for identification, program options and the appeal process; and
    2. Obtain parental permission to provide services and programs.

    Program Design

    The District will offer selected K-12 students accelerated learning opportunities and/or enhanced instruction in the areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics. The framework for such programs will encompass, but not be limited to, the following models and courses at each level:

    K-6:     Response to Intervention Model

    7-9:      Acceleration and Honors Courses

    10-12:  Acceleration, Honors Courses, Advanced Placement Courses, and Running Start Program 

    Reporting

    The superintendent or designee will provide an end-of-the-year report to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

    ADOPTED: 08/27/1992
    REVISED: 09/25/97; 06/23/08; 04/24/14

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