REACH (Gifted and Talented)
Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Leadership Developent
Director of Curriculum
Administrative Assistant for Learning and Teaching
Elmhurst District 205's rigorous curriculum meets the needs of most students. However, some students demonstrate exceptional intellectual ability and need experiences extending beyond the regular curriculum. REACH provides curriculum enhancements based on academic needs and augments classroom instruction with enrichment and/or acceleration. Elmhurst District 205 provides enriched services in two programs: English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics.
REACH ELA is designed to meet the needs of students demonstrating academic strengths in the area of literacy in Grades 3 through 8. REACH math is an accelerated math program and begins in 3rd grade for qualifying students; REACH ELA identification is not required for advanced math.
D205 uses the CogAT assessment as one measure to identify students for placement into gifted (REACH) programming. It is a nationally standardized norm-referenced test measuring reasoning and problem-solving skills.
Fifth-grade students will take the CogAT in person between February 8 and February 19. Second-grade students will take the test in person between March 1 and March 12. Fully remote students will receive information from their specific buildings as to when students will be able to come in for in-person testing. Students who do not take the CogAT assessment will not be eligible for REACH qualification.
CogAT results, as well as MAP achievement scores and classroom teacher recommendations will be collected to identify students who are demonstrating a need for extended learning through the REACH program. Please see below for updated identification rubrics.
Results of initial identification for REACH will be shared in late March 2021. Families of students in any grade level may appeal their child’s placement for the 2021-22 school year beginning April 5th.
New to District
Families who are new to the district during the 2020-21 school year, will be able to have their children assessed during the appeals process for potential REACH placement during the 2021-2022 school year. More information will be posted in March in regards to this process.
There will be several meetings in the upcoming months to share information in regards to updates on the REACH program analysis, information on the appeals process as well as information for new to REACH families. Please see the dates below, zoom links will be posted on both the REACH website and the REACH Parent Group site closer to the dates.
REACH Program Updates: Monday, March 1 at 7:00pm
REACH Appeal Process: Monday, April 5 at 7:00pm
NEW to REACH Information: May -Date TBD
Illinois Definition of Gifted & Talented
Children/youth with outstanding talent who perform or show potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with other children/youth of their age, experience, and environment. A child shall be considered gifted and talented in any area of aptitude, and specifically, in language arts and math, by scoring in the top 5% locally in the area of aptitude.
Illinois General Assembly, Illinois Compiled Statues Section 5, Public Act 094-0151, Article 14A