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 Testing Information
Due to the large number of appeals, we will not be offering centralized testing on March 3, 5, and 7 as originally noted in the appeal application. Instead, elementary and middle school students will test at their home schools during the weeks of April 27-May 8. This change will allow students to test in a setting more familiar to them, closer to the end of the year when they have had more opportunity to learn, and at a time when other statewide required testing is complete.
Elementary schools will test students during the day between April 27 and May 8 and communication will be sent to you once specific testing dates are established.
Middle school students will take MAP assessments after school at their home schools. If a student cannot attend the date selected for their home school, they may attend a different date at another middle school. Once dates are determined for each middle school, you will receive a notification.
Summer Bridge Math Information
Summer Bridge Math is strongly encouraged for students transitioning to accelerated math, as they may not have the opportunity to receive direct instruction in some topics.
Students transitioning to an accelerated math course are provided the opportunity to enroll in a Summer Bridge Math course that will be set up by Elmhurst District 205. The course is largely virtual (online) and uses Khan Academy as a resource. Students are enrolled in the appropriate level and parents may monitor their child's progress. This is available for students entering REACH/Accelerated math in grades
Summer Bridge Math formally runs during June and July. Students eligible for Summer Bridge Math are automatically enrolled and receive instructions on accessing the course via email in late May/early June. Exact dates are provided to participants in this communication.
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