Accelerated Learning Opportunities


The Accelerated Placement Act, an Illinois law that took effect on July 1, 2018, exists primarily to ensure that school districts have in place a quantifiable, multiple-measures process that removes any bias that could lead to discrimination in determining which students are eligible for an accelerated learning opportunity.

The purpose behind the legislation is for school districts to focus more heavily on quantifiable multiple measures as opposed to observations and assumptions made by teachers and administrators.

Participation in District 401's accelerated opportunities shall not be conditioned upon race, religion, sex, disability or any factor other than a student's eligibility under the District's multiple-measures criteria.


What Accelerated Opportunities Are Available?


Accelerated opportunities include anything enriched, gifted, honors, Advanced Placement, high school credit or dual credit, as well as accelerated placement of students with respect to subject matter or grade.

In the District 401 elementary buildings, enrichment opportunities are available to students based on their performance on the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), AimswebPlus and the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR).

At the high school level, honors and AP opportunities are available to students based primarily on teacher recommendations and how well students performed on the PSAT during their time at the middle school.

With the passage of the Accelerated Placement Act, the District is in the process of expanding opportunities for students across all of our buildings.

These include but are not limited to the opportunities listed below.
 

For grades K-2, a new Special will be part of every student's schedule and will expose all students to enriched lessons from our two new curriculum programs: ReadyGEN for English language arts (ELA) and Go Math! for mathematics. This is strictly a learning experience and will not be taken for a grade.

This opportunity took effect in August 2018.

Based on meeting District criteria, students in grades 3-5 will be afforded the opportunity for next grade level exposure to qualifying content areas. For example, a 3rd-grade student may be eligible for the next grade level in ELA but not math, so that student would be with their 3rd-grade teacher for math but would attend a 4th-grade ELA class.

This opportunity took effect in August 2018.

Based on meeting the District criteria, 6th-grade students will be eligible for 7th-grade accelerated opportunities, and students in 7th and 8th grade will be eligible for accelerated courses and high school credit.

These opportunities take effect in August 2019.

In addition, middle school students will be part of the District's College & Career Pathway, a new initiative focused on better aligning middle and high school curricula with the post-secondary pursuits of our students.

For more information about the College & Career Pathway, scroll down this page or click here.

The high school is expanding opportunities for students to take additional Advanced Placement and dual credit courses.

The opportunities take effect in August 2019.

In addition, high school students will be part of the District's College & Career Pathway, a new initiative focused on better aligning middle and high school curricula with the post-secondary pursuits of our students.

For more information about the College & Career Pathway, scroll down this page or click here.

College & Career Pathway


Beginning in 2019-20, Elmwood Park High School will offer courses as part of District 401's College & Career Pathway, a new initiative focused on better aligning EPHS and Elm Middle School curricula with the post-secondary pursuits of our students.

The goal of the College & Career Pathway is to better prepare D401 students to compete and succeed in the global economy.

With the help of aligned programs of study and pathway exploration, students will graduate with well-developed post-secondary plans, stronger experiential learning opportunities and a diverse set of skills suited for academic and career success.

For more information about the pathway initiative, please click here.