Accelerated Placement Program
District 153 provides an Accelerated Placement Program (APP) or above grade level placement opportunities. The APP advances the District’s goal of providing educational programs with opportunities for each student to develop to his or her maximum potential. The APP provides an educational setting with curriculum options usually reserved for students who are older or in higher grades than the student participating in the APP. (This is sometimes referred to as grade skipping or above age level course placement.)
APP options include, but may not be limited to: (a) accelerating a student in a single subject; (b) other grade-level acceleration; and (c) early entrance to kindergarten or first grade. Participation in the APP is open to all students who demonstrate high ability and who may benefit from accelerated placement. It is not limited to students who have been identified as gifted and talented.
Honors/Enrichment/Gifted education should not be confused with Acceleration. Students in HSD 153 that are identified for Enrichment Programs are working at grade level on the same skills as their peers but with a greater depth and breadth of knowledge based on their ability and talents.