Academic Acceleration

  • Academic acceleration is a state-defined process that occurs when an advanced student skips a grade in a single subject or overall due to prior understanding of the material being taught.  
     
    Types of Acceleration

    • Whole Grade – A student skips one or more entire grade levels or remainder of a grade level to become a full time student in a grade level above that of age peers. All instruction in all subjects and specials takes place at the upper grade level as f the student has always been in that grade. State accountability testing occurs as if the student has always been in that grade level.
    • Single-Subject – A student skips one or more grade levels in one subject only to become a full time student in that course in a grade level above age peers. All instruction for the accelerated subject takes place at the upper grade level. The remainder of the school day is spent in the typical grade level. State accountability testing occurs at the higher grade level for the accelerated subject and the typical grade level for all other subjects. There are cases when such testing is optional or exempted, and there may be rule changes with high school end of course exams. Check with the supervisor for clarity on rules.
    • Early Entrance to Kindergarten – A student who is not 5-years-old by the September 30 cutoff date may enter Kindergarten if eligible through the acceleration process.
    • Early Entrance to 1st Grade – A student who is not 6-years-old by the September 30 cutoff date and has not completed Kindergarten may enter 1st Grade if eligible through the acceleration process. This supersedes the mandatory Kindergarten requirement if the child enters through the formal acceleration process.
    • Early Graduation – A student exits high school by skipping courses through the acceleration process. This is not the same as graduating early because of completing courses earlier than planned.

    Additional information, forms, and brochures can be found on the Gifted & Talented Downloads and Links Page.

Acceleration Timeline