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Advanced Studies

The purpose of Advanced Studies in Greenwich Public Schools is to provide appropriate learning experiences and intellectual challenge that result in continuous academic growth.

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Bonnie O'Regan

ALP Facilitator, Teacher
Central Office
Advanced Learning Program

Robyn Byron

Administrative Assistant
Central Office
Advanced Learning Program

Informational Meetings

Cognitive Abilities Test Interpretation

Informational Meetings:

Monday, November 7th Byram Shubert Library 9:30 am

Wednesday, November 9th Cos Cob Library 9:30 am

Wednesday, November 9th Board of Education Staff Development Room 7:00 pm

Presentation:

Interpreting Cognitive Abilities Test Score Reports


Grade 2 Fall ALP Placement Process

Informational Meetings:

Monday, November 7th Byram Shubert Library 9:30 am

Wednesday, November 9th Cos Cob Library 9:30 am

Wednesday, November 9th Board of Education Staff Development Room 7:00 pm

Presentation:

Fall 2016 Grade 2 Advanced Learning Program Placement Procedures

Grade 2 Fall ALP Evaluation Scores and Placement

Informational Meetings:

Wednesday, December 7th Cos Cob Library 9:30 am

Wednesday, December 7th Board of Education Staff Development Room 7:00 pm

Presentation:

Fall 2016 Grade School Advanced Learning Program Evaluation Scores and Placement

Middle School Advanced Studies

Informational Meetings:

Monday, December 5th Greenwich Town Hall 9:00 am

Monday, December 7th Greenwich Town Hall 6:30 pm

Presentation:

Advanced Studies PowerPoint

Middle School ALP Language Arts Placement Process

Informational Meetings:

Tuesday, January 10th Cos Cob Library 9:30 am

Thursday, January 12th Board of Education Staff Development Room 6:30 pm

Presentation:

MS LA Placement

Elementary ALP Placement Process

Informational Meetings:

Wednesday, February 22nd Board of Education Staff Development Room 6:30 pm

Thursday, February 23rd Board of Education Staff Development Room 9:30 am

Presentation:

Elementary ALP Placement Process

MIDDLE SCHOOL ALP LANGUAGE ARTS EVALUATION SCORES AND PLACEMENT

Informational Meetings:

Thursday, March 16th Board of Education Staff Development Room 6:30 pm

Thursday, March 23rd Cos Cob Library 1:00 pm

Presentation:

MS LA Scores

Those requiring special accommodations to attend these meeting should contact Robyn Byron, either by phone at 203-625-7462, or by email at robyn byron@greenwich.k12.ct.us or in person at the Havemeyer Building, 290 Greenwich Avenue, at least 72 hours prior to the meeting.

Placement

The purpose of the Placement Process is not to determine if a student is “gifted” or “not gifted.”

Rather, the purpose of the placement process is to identify specific academic student needs and match learners with appropriate supplementary services.

This three step process includes Referral, Evaluation, and Placement.

The Referral Phase begins with screening. Screening is the process of reviewing current grade level data about each child to determine if a student should be referred for further assessment for possible placement in the Advanced Learning Program. The screening process includes: a review of current performance data, grade level standardized tests, and observational data using checklists based on gifted characteristics.

Referrals (sometimes called Nominations) is the direct procedure that enters a student into the Evaluation Phase. Referrals may be initiated by teachers, parents, or others who may have knowledge of students’ learning needs.

In the Evaluation Phase GPS uses a multifaceted placement scheme to identify not only students who are already high achieving in the domain but also those with potential but underdeveloped achievement.

Multifaceted placement scheme includes:

Age Normed measures of aptitude for reasoning in each of the domains for which services will be provided (for example, verbal reasoning scores considered for placement into language arts services and quantitative reasoning scores for placement into mathematics). (Cognitive Ability Tests)

Grade Normed measures of achievement in each domain for which advanced services will be provided. (Achievement Assessments).

Criterion Normed measures that add descriptive information about students’ performance or potential in the domains for which services are provided. (Performance Tasks)

In the Placement Phase the Building Advisory Committee (BAC), consisting of the ALP teacher(s), classroom teachers, a building administrator, and the ALP facilitator, conducts a comprehensive review of each child’s record and performance during the evaluation in order to make final placement decisions. All selection decisions reflect the best professional judgment of the committee to determine the best way to meet each child’s individual needs.

For more information about the Placement Process refer to the Placement Procedures Handbook (updated 1/4/17)

Grade 2 Students

The Advanced Learning Program (ALP) begins in all Greenwich Public Schools during grade 2. ALP offers advanced curriculum, alternative methods of teaching, and student challenges in the areas of math, language arts, and interdisciplinary science. Interdisciplinary science begins in grade 3.

Key Dates

November 4, 2016 Letters sent to parents of grade 2 students who have been referred for ALP evaluation.

November 7 and 9, 2016Information Meetings held about Placement Process
Nov 7 9:30 am Byram Library
Nov 9 9:30 am Cos Cob Library
Nov 9 6:30 pm Board of Education

November 14, 2016

Deadline for parents to submit referral form to have their child evaluated for grade 2 ALP Reading and/or Math

November 15-22

Evaluations completed (schedule varies by elementary school)

December 2, 2016

Letters with evaluation scores and placement recommendations sent to parents

December 7, 2016Information Meetings held about evaluation scores and placement
9:30 am Cos Cob Library
6:30 pm Board of Education
December 16, 2016Deadline for parents to submit appeal form
December 23, 2016Letters with appeal decisions sent to parents
Spring Evaluation
February 10, 2017Letters sent to parents of grade 2 students who have been referred for ALP evaluation for grade 3 ALP Reading, Math and/or Science

February 22 and 23, 2017Information Meetings held about Placement Process

Feb 22 6:30 pm Board of Education
Feb 23 9:30 am Board of Education

March 3, 2017Deadline for parents to submit referral form to have their child evaluated for grade 3 ALP Reading, Math and/or Science

March 6-31, 2017 Evaluations completed (schedule varies by elementary school)

May 5, 2017Letters with evaluation scores and placement recommendations sent to parents

May 18, 2017Information Meetings held about evaluation scores and placement

9:30 am Board of Education
6:30 pm Board of Education

May 26, 2017Deadline for parents to submit appeal form

June 16, 2017Letters with appeal decisions sent to parents

Frequently Asked Questions about Grade 2 Placement

English | Spanish | Japanese

Grade 3 and 4 Students

Key Dates

February 10, 2017Letters sent to parents of grade 3 and 4 students who have been referred for ALP evaluation for grade 4 or 5 ALP Reading, Math and/or Science
February 22 and 23, 2017Information Meetings held about Placement Process

Feb 22 6:30 pm Board of Education
Feb 23 9:30 am Board of Education

March 3, 2017Deadline for parents to submit referral form to have their child evaluated for grade 4 or 5 ALP Reading, Math and/or Science
March 6-31, 2017Evaluations completed (schedule varies by elementary school)
May 5, 2017Letters with evaluation scores and placement recommendations sent to parents
May 18, 2017Information Meetings held about evaluation scores and placement

9:30 am Board of Education
6:30 pm Board of Education

May 26, 2017Deadline for parents to submit appeal form
June 16, 2017Letters with appeal decisions sent to parents

Grade 5, 6, 7 Students

Key Dates

December 5, 2016

Information Meetings held about Advanced Studies at the Middle School
9:00 am Town Hall
6:30 pm Town Hall

January 6, 2017

Letters sent to parents of grade 5, 6 and 7 students who have been referred for ALP evaluation for 2017-2018 ALP Language Arts

January 10 and 12, 2017

Information Meetings held about Middle School Placement Process

Jan 10 9:30 am Cos Cob Library
Jan 12 6:30 pm Board of Education

January 20, 2017

Deadline for parents to submit referral form to have their child evaluated for Middle School ALP Language Arts

January 23- February 3, 2017

Evaluations completed (schedule varies by school)

March 10, 2017

Letters with evaluation scores and placement recommendations sent to parents

March 16 and 23, 2017

Information Meetings held about evaluation scores and placement

March 16 6:30 pm Board of Education

Jan 12 1:00 pm Cos Cob Library

April 24, 2017

Deadline for parents to submit appeal form

June 16, 2017

Letters with appeal decisions sent to parents

New Students

Welcome. The Greenwich Public Schools embraces a child-centered approach to education – an approach that is designed to meet the needs of each child by asking, “What is best for this child?” Educators work to that end by offering differentiated instruction to all children that includes high expectations with the appropriate level of challenge.

The Advanced Learning Program (ALP) seeks to identify students who excel two grade levels above their current grade, demonstrate a strong motivation and love for learning, as well as perseverance when faced with challenging assignments.

Parents of students entering grades three through eight who choose to have their child participate in testing for placement in ALP Language Arts, Math or Science classes should complete the form at https://goo.gl/forms/wLdetlDVmz21TvIn1 by Thursday, August 17, 2017. All students need to be pre-registered for the testing which will take place August 21 and 22, 2016.

Participation in a gifted program in another school district does not automatically qualify a student for placement in ALP courses in Greenwich. However, because another district’s placement process may give us enough information to make a placement decision, a parent should submit the relevant documentation to the district ALP office.

If parents choose NOT to have their child tested, the next time they have an opportunity to nominate their child for ALP evaluation will be in the spring of 2018 for placement in the fall of 2019.

Sincerely,

Bonnie O’Regan


Forms


Middle School Appeal Form
Forms are due by April 24, 2017

submit online here

paper form to submit to school office here


Curriculum

The Advanced Learning Program enriches and augments the regular curriculum in order to meet the educational needs of advanced students. Differentiation of instruction occurs routinely in the regular classroom, along with opportunities for pullout for identified students.

The Advanced Learning Program uses content replacement programming model for identified students in grade 3-5 language arts and math and a content enrichment programming model in grade 2 language arts and math and grade 3-5 science.

All levels of the program share the following overarching objectives:

  • Provide for cognitive development in core curriculum areas at an appropriate pace and depth.
  • Develop self-understanding that encourages and fosters independent and self-directed learning.
  • Develop intellectual and scholarly skills and attitude.
  • Promote critical, creative and divergent thinking skills.
  • Develop research skills and methods.
  • Foster intellectual inquiry at all levels.
  • Develop aesthetic knowledge, skills and appreciation.

Language Arts

Language is not just the expression; it is the essence of understanding. The curriculum framework used is the Integrated Curriculum Model designed for gifted learners by Dr. Joyce Vantassel-Baska and the College of William and Mary. This model is organized for the integration of Big Ideas, Advanced Content, and Differentiated Process & Product.The use of this model allows students to extend their understanding of language beyond the literal and inferential into the realm of evaluative analysis. The goals of the Language Arts units are to develop students' skills in literary analysis and interpretation, persuasive writing, linguistic competency, and oral communication, as well as to strengthen students' reasoning skills and understanding of the concept of change. The units engage students in exploring carefully selected, challenging works of literature from various times, cultures, and genres and they encourage students to reflect on their readings through writing and discussion.

Mathematics

Advanced students require a mathematics curriculum that not only challenges their current abilities but also pushes them into new realms of understanding. This type of differentiation is best provided through an acceleration model that allows students to demonstrate mastery of grade level standards and move through the curriculum receiving instruction at their challenge levels. The math curriculum is enriched and generally accelerated by one year. In addition to demonstrating mastery of standards, students are provided with rich problems that require the use of analytical reasoning.

Science

Science is a way of knowing, a process for gaining knowledge and understanding of the natural world. The Advanced Learning Program Science curriculum employs a problem-based learning format in order to encourage students to develop scientific habits of mind while actively involved in acquir­ing significant science content through solving a “real world” problem. This format requires the students to engage in the scientific process, from the problem-finding and information-gathering steps, to the evaluation of the experimental data, and the solution or recasting of the problem.

Middle School Seminar

The seminar program is a continuum that allows reasoning models and approaches to problem solving to be revisited, practiced and refined over a three-year period.Seminar students frame their own questions, engage in research, analyze and discuss ideas, and apply what they have learned to social problems.The overarching theme for all three grades is “What does it mean to be human?”In sixth grade the focus is on evolutionary change, seventh grade on the concept of systems, and in eighth grade on public health systems.


Parent Resources

District PTAC Representatives

Rommel Nobay

Marla Sernick

Contact at ptacalp@gmail.com


Connecticut Association for the Gifted

National Association for Gifted Children

Hoagies' Gifted Education Page