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.
On Monday, April 5th at 7:00pm, there was a webinar held to share information for families who are interested in the appeal process or who are new to the district and would like their child assessed for the REACH program for the 2021-2022 school year. Please find the presentation and recording below.
REACH Appeal Informational Meeting Presentation
Families of students in grades 2-7 may appeal their child’s placement for the 2021-22 school year beginning April 5th. The application for appeal will be posted on April 5th and will close at 5:00pm, April 16th.
REACH Initial Identification
REACH initial identification letters will be sent to second and fifth grade families whose child(ren) have qualified for REACH services for the 2021-22 school year on Friday, March 26th at 3:00pm.
Gifted Instruction Program Analysis and Recommendation Presentation
On Tuesday, March 16th, information was shared with the Board of Education in regards to the Gifted Instruction program analysis that has occurred as well as recommendations for gifted instruction services. The presentation is available below.
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. Please complete the Application for Appeal.
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 Appeal Process: Monday, April 5 at 7:00pm
REACH Program Analysis Updates: Date TBD
NEW to REACH Information: Monday, May 24 at 7:00pm
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