Other D52 Information
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.
Students entering Kindergarten in the Fall are encouraged to attend Screening, which takes place in May of each previous year.
One of the reasons for Kindergarten Screening is to do the best job we possibly can balancing our Kindergarten classes by ability. Research shows that young children learn best when classrooms consist of children of varied learning levels. A balanced, or heterogeneously-grouped classroom allows all children to learn from the teacher and from each other.
Another reason for Kindergarten Screening is to give parents more information about their child’s readiness skills, especially if they are considering waiting another year for their child to begin school.The results of these tests will show the range of the child’s skills.Any child who is 5 years old by September 1 can enter Kindergarten regardless of scores.Sometimes parents decide to wait a year; that is their choice, not a district requirement.
Finally, the results from Kindergarten Screening help guide our teachers’ instruction so they are able to intervene or enrich students starting the first week of school.These screening assessments are administered throughout the school year, with results being shared with parents, to show a student’s progress and growth over time.
We administer the following quick assessments during Screening:
1. Letter Names and Letter Sounds
2. Phonological Awareness (Rhyming, Syllables, etc)
3. Basic Skills in Math including oral counting
District 52 offers Summer School to General Education students in the Elementary grades. Summer School takes place in late July through early August each summer at Lincoln Grade School. Summer School Teachers provide instruction in the areas of Reading, Writing, and Math. Students qualify for Summer School based on District test results and teacher recommendation. Parents are notified if their child is recommended to attend.