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  • How does admission to Achieve work?

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    All interested families will need to fill out an application for each child. Applicants who are 5 years of age by October 1, 2018 (or older) are eligible to apply. Take time to look at the other pages to help understand the characteristics of gifted children.


    Students that are currently identified as gifted and talented are eligible for admissions without further testing upon district verification.

     

    Once the application window closes the gifted and talented department will finalize testing and qualification letters.

     

    A lottery will occur if there are more qualified applicants than spaces available.

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  • If a student doesn’t qualify now, will they ever qualify?

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    Every student performs at different levels based on their experiences and exposures. Students have the ability to reapply if further data has been collected to support the body of evidence. For example, all students are assessed in 2nd grade on the CogAT. If a student performs on that assessment within the state guidelines they can reapply with that new data piece. Another example would be if a family had an IQ test done with an outside tester, then the family could provide that piece of data as well.

    It is important to note that standardized assessments must have a minimum of 12 months in between reassessment. Therefore, if the student took the TEMA then they can not take that test again for 12 months.

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  • What is the class composition?

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    Elementary:

    Currently, Achieve Institute has a kindergarten - 2nd grade classroom; a 3rd/4th grade classroom and a 5th grade classroom. Classroom composition for the 2018-2019 school year will be decided upon once applicants have been qualified and the numbers support the classroom composition. 

    Some parents have asked when this will be decided and typically we have class size and compositions by April. We want to be intentional with the students placed in the classes to ensure that all children are in the best placement. This can be difficult since not all students that apply will qualify for Achieve. Maintaining the classroom composition of gifted students is first priority.

     

    Middle School:

    6th Grade: The Achieve students will be clustered together for the four content areas (Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science). Students that are performing at the same levels of Language Arts and/or Math will be added to middle school classes. Students will also be placed in the Social Studies and Science class as placement allows to allow students to gain other perspepectives. Sixth grade students will particpate in passion projects during advisory.

    Achieve students will be able to select their electives and will be mixed with grade level peers for the electives classes.

    7th Grade: Achieve students will be clustered together for Science. Achieve students will be placed in their level of Math and Language Arts and will remained clustered together based off their level.

    Achieve students will be able to select their electives and will be mixed with grade level peers for the electives classes.

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  • Is transportation provided?

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    Transportation is provided for all families that live within the boundries of the school desired (Pennock or Vikan).

    For the last 2 years we have had enough interest that transportation has provided shuttles from West Ridge Elementary, Second Creek Elementary and Reunion Elementary. 

    Transportation is set up through the district website and there is a charge for transportation.

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  • How are the needs of the gifted met with this programming option?

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    Gifted students have a higher cognitive level and this allows for them to acquire information with few repetitions. This allows for the classrooms at Achieve to move at a quicker pace.

    Students are pre-tested and taught material they have not mastered. This moves the classrooms along at a quick rate and can also lend itself to teaching to off grade level material.

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