Accelerated refers specifically to K-6 Accelerated classrooms at five of our elementary schools: Highland Park, Meridian, Playa del Rey, Quartz Hill, and Val Vista Lakes. Math concepts are taught one grade level ahead, and ELA, Social Studies and Science are taught at grade level but at an accelerated rate with skills and concepts and a variety of approved materials that enrich the learning experience. Accelerated is designed to provide a challenging and supportive learning environment for students with strong academic abilities and motivation to learn. Placement in Accelerated is based on parent and student request and teacher recommendation.
Key Information - Accelerated K-6
Focus on grade-level standards at an accelerated rate while enriching students with skills and concepts that are a grade level above.
The curriculum is supplemented with a variety of materials to enrich and support.
Designed to provide a challenging and supportive learning environment for students with strong academic abilities and motivation.
K-6 accelerated students learn necessary skills to develop at an accelerated pace to help them transition to honors-level courses in junior high and high school.
Math concepts taught one grade level ahead.
ELA, Social Studies, and Science - Integration of content areas, STEM or capstone projects, fast-paced sequence of curriculum.
Placement based on parent and student request and teacher recommendation. Review of appropriate placement occurs as needed throughout the year.
How is Accelerated different from Gifted or Traditional?
Accelerated utilizes the GPS curriculum. Math is taught at a grade level above, and all other subjects are taught at grade level with enriched learning at an accelerated pace. The classroom is designed to challenge students academically in a supportive learning environment.
Our Traditional classrooms at Neely, Canyon Rim, and Spectrum, utilize Math in Focus and Spalding curriculum delivered primarily through whole group instruction by specially trained teachers. The curriculum is structured, sequential, and cumulative. Math in Focus reinforces incremental learning and is taught at a grade level above.
Our Gifted programs support our students who are identified as gifted through testing or twice exceptional. Gifted students are academically talented students who excel in their ability to think and reason and need academic challenges beyond the regular classroom setting to address the needs of the whole child. Our elementary schools use cluster and replacement models to serve gifted students in grades K-6. We also offer a self-contained model at Towne Meadows for grades 4th - 6th.