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The ALPS office is responsible for having an identification process in place that is representative of ALL of our NVUSD students.  Our goal is to provide resources to school sites to meet the needs of all advanced learners during the school day. 

To accomplish this, we have developed identification criteria based upon second language acquisition research, input from the English Learner Services department and from teachers. 

Multi Measures data points are reviewed that include scores from Reading Inventory, Math Inventory, District Writing Assessment and California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) in addition to CogAT scores. 

Any student who exhibits the need for extra challenge (or support) in school may benefit from a Student Success Team (SST) meeting. 

The SST is an intervention process that brings together parents/guardians, teachers, administrators, and students if appropriate, to identify strengths and needs and discuss recommendations and strategies to support and challenge students in class.

To schedule an SST Meeting, contact your child’s classroom teacher or site ALPS Lead and let them know you would like to schedule an SST. They will notify the SST coordinator (or principal). 

The ALPS Office is a resource for teachers, SST coordinators and principals to discuss student needs, parent concerns, and/or teacher perspectives. A representative of the ALPS Office may be available to attend an SST meeting upon request.

Yes! Some students are exceptional in some learning areas, but challenged in others. These students have a unique profiles, such as: 

  • Students who are gifted in language, but struggle with focusing, self control issues, and defiance.

  • Students with specific learning disabilities (such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, or visual or auditory processing difficulties) who excel at art or music. 

  • Limited English Proficient Students who are enrolled in READ 180 or System 44 to help support their acquisition of English, but may be highly advanced in math.

Students with “uneven” development in two areas are sometimes referred to as “twice exceptional” (2e). 

Katie Copeland, LMFT, guest speaker at the October 16 ALPS Back to School Night:



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