REACH (Gifted and Talented)
Interim Associate Superintendent
Scott Grens email@example.com
Director of Curriculum & Instructional Support
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.
New to District
Families who are new to District 205 may request that their child(ren)'s information and data be reviewed for placement in the REACH gifted program. Please contact Kerry Leuschel (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information. New to District testing took place on August 2nd from 9:00am-12:00pm as well as August 3rd from 1:00-4:00pm. If you missed either of these testing windows, please reach out to Kerry Leuschel (email@example.com) to see if there are any additional opportunities.
New-to-District Student Placement Guidelines
New to REACH Informational Meeting
The New to REACH virtual informational meetings were held on June 3rd & August 23rd at 7:00 p.m. The presentation from the informational sessions is below, and please feel free to contact Kerry Leuschel (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
Summer Bridge Opportunity
Any student who has qualified this school year for placement in a REACH math level course for the 2021-22 school year will be able to participate in a Summer Bridge course. This is a 6-week course from June 14-July 23rd. It is an optional course and students will be assigned specific tasks through Khan Academy that will help them bridge some of the skills they will need for the upcoming school year. It is a self-paced course that will be completely online. A teacher will be assigned to students and available weekly to work through and support students as needed through virtual office hours. Information will be sent to all eligible families the first week in June. Please check your spam or junk mail if you have not received information as of yet.
REACH Initial Identification
The REACH identification process consists of a review of achievement data, cognitive assessment data and teacher rating scales based on student performance in the classroom. Each school year, both second and fifth grade students take the CogAT (Cognitive Ability Assessment) and MAP assessment and are reviewed for REACH placement the following school year. This is typically completed in January with an appeal process in March.
Rubrics for the 2021-22 are being finalized and will be posted when available.
REACH Grade 3 Placement Rubrics:
REACH 6th Grade Placement Rubrics:
Gifted Instruction Program Analysis and Recommendation Presentation
On Tuesday, March 16th, 2020 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. At this time, the Gifted Instruction Program recommendations have been placed on pause until the new Administration team has collaborated and discussed next steps.
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