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 Information
All students who are currently placed in REACH classes based on initial identification in 2019-2020, will participate in REACH during the 2020-2021 school year. The appeal process does not impact students who have already been placed in REACH.
For more information about the REACH appeals process, please read below.
Due to the current situation, the REACH appeal process for elementary students in grades 2, 3 and 4 has been postponed until the fall. Students who are on the appeal list will be evaluated based on fall assessments and placed into the relevant classes in 2020-21. This decision will be made by October 15.
Students who are currently in grade 5 and have filed an appeal will not be placed in REACH classes for the 2020-21 school year. Students may submit new appeals next year. Please note that students who do not participate in REACH ELA programming in middle school may still select Honors English in high school and students who do not participate in REACH math as 6th graders may still accelerate into Pre-Algebra as 7th graders and take Algebra in 8th grade.
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