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.
REACH Appeal Process Meeting- January 13th
Due to the Middle School Incoming 6th grade meetings on January 9th, we have moved this meeting to January 13th.
To learn more information about the REACH Appeal process, please join us on Monday, January 13th at 7:00pm at Sandburg Middle School in the library. Review of the identification process, notification process as well as what to do if you would like to appeal the process will be shared.
REACH Identification and Appeal Information
Students in 2nd and 5th grade complete an ability assessment in the Fall, which is reviewed along with MAP achievement data and teacher recommendation. Identification is completed by February 3 for services beginning in the next school year. Following notification, families may appeal placement by February 21.
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