District 52 offers an advanced core class in the area of Math for students in Grades 4-8. Students are placed in this class based on test scores and performance in the area of Math and teacher recommendation. In Grades 6-8 students have Advanced Math as their core math instruction and they have this built into their daily schedule. In Grades 4-5 there is one teacher in each grade level that teaches the advanced group. During the core Math instruction time for the grade level, the students in the Advanced Class are grouped together.
The Advanced Class provides students more opportunity for growth, grasping concepts at a quicker pace and deepening thinking with application and reasoning. The teachers of Advanced Math Classes differentiate instruction based on students’ range of knowledge and abilities in specific areas of math content as well as problem solving and reasoning skills. The Math curriculum includes similar objectives to the grade level standards in Math, but instruction allows students to dig deeper into each objective.
The criteria for Advanced class placement is reviewed at the end of each school year to recommend placement for the following year. A student is not “grandfathered” into the program in 4th grade. Circumstances may arise which would require a student be removed from the Advanced Math Class. Examples include a student having substantial difficulty understanding the work, repeated failure to complete assignments, quality of work below standards, or behaviors that are inappropriate or disruptive to the enriched learning environment. If these concerns are present, the Math teacher will schedule a conference with the parent to discuss the circumstance. If the situation continues after the conference, a dismissal from the program would be considered. If a student is dismissed from the Advanced Math Class, he/she would not be able to re-qualify and re-enter until the next school year. Please know these will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
New for 2018-19:
We will provide Math Enrichment in Grades 1-3 during Grade Level Intervention time.