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Advanced Learning Opportunities

Advanced Learning Opportunities (ALOs) are supported programs that serve the needs of academically gifted students AND teacher-identified students who demonstrate skills and readiness for participation in an accelerated, rigorous, and enriched curriculum. Service delivery is typically through an inclusive approach with an emphasis on differentiated instruction and flexible grouping in the regular classroom.

Who does the program serve?

ALOs serve two primary student groups:

  1. district-identified students who are academically gifted
  2. teacher-identified students who demonstrate skills and readiness for participation in an accelerated and rigorous curriculum.

Students participating in an ALO program are expected to:

  1. demonstrate mastery of grade level grade level expectations in all areas
  2. work toward mastery of grade level standards beyond grade level in reading and mathematics (typically, one grade or more above current grade assignment).

What to do if your child needs advanced learning services?

  1. Let your child's teacher know your concerns.
  2. If your child needs a more individualized plan for learning and access to additional resources, contact your school's ALPS Site Liaison to request a Student Success Team  (SST) meeting.
  3. The goal of the SST meeting is to develop a plan to keep your child motivated and moving forward academically.

SST Support Information

The Student Success Team (SST) is an early intervention process that brings together the student, parent/guardian, teachers and administrators to identify student needs and develop an improvement plan to address those needs. School staff can request an SST meeting for individual students.  If parents feel that an SST is needed, they can contact their school ALPS Lead, who will request an SST meeting.   The outcome of the SST meeting provides school staff with recommendations and strategies to support and challenge the students in the local school.   

Scheduling an SST

  1. Parents should let the teacher or ALPS Lead know if they would like to schedule an SST.
  2. The teacher or ALPS Lead can notify Amye Scott at the ALPS Office and relay the student needs, parent concerns, and teacher perspective.
  3. Once Amye has this information, she will schedule an SST.

ALPS Planning Guide
 for SST Conferences

ALPS Opportunities for Students

Grades K-3

  • The summer of 3rd grade, students can sign up to attend ALPS Summer Academies held at Browns Valley School.

Grades 4-5

  • Differentiated, rigorous and accelerated experiences during the school day, which can include the ALPS Project Zone, online math programs, or other off-line options.
  • The summer of grades 4-5 ...more

Grades 6-8:

  • Currently, middle schools use accelerated classes and/or cluster-grouping within a mixed ability classroom to address the needs of advanced learners.
  • Beginning in 2015-2016, all grades 6, ...more

High School:

  • Honors Courses provide more academic rigor and therefore demonstrate to colleges a student’s willingness to take on challenge, and will prepare them for the courses they will encounter at ...more