Accelerated Learning Program for Students (ALPS)
Definition of Accelerated Learners
Accelerated learners are students who demonstrate high ability, motivation, and creativity. These students display the interaction of the three interlocking clusters of traits that is the necessary ingredient for original and productive student accomplishment (adapted from Renzulli and Reis, The Three Ring Conception of Giftedness).
The program will provide a wide variety of interdisciplinary and integrated educational opportunities and services to students exhibiting the interaction of the three clusters of high ability, motivation, and creativity. Individual schools in alignment with the district plan will determine the type and extent of these services. The goals of these opportunities and services are:
Learn more about student identification and the clusters.
ALPS units are designed to be higher-level enrichments units.
ALPS Program FAQ
- What is the goal of the Accelerated Learning Program for Students (ALPS) program?
- How are students identified for ALPS?
- When are students identified for ALPS?
- What is the process of ALPS identification?
- If a student doesn’t qualify, will they have a chance to qualify later?
- Once a student qualifies for ALPS, will they participate every year?
- How often do students attend ALPS?
- Do Palos South students attend ALPS?
- What is the core curriculum for the ALPS Program?
- What if my child demonstrates a need prior to grade 3?
- If my 1st or 2nd grade child works with the ALPS teacher, do they automatically qualify for ALPS in grade 3?
- Does ALPS continue at Palos South?
- Will my child be re-evaluated at the end of 5th grade?
- What is the process for ALPS identification at Palos South?