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Advanced Learning Opportunities (ALO) 1st-8th Grade


Advanced Learning Opportunity schools (ALO)s are district-supported programs that serve students who demonstrate skills and readiness for participation in an accelerated, rigorous, and enriched curriculum.

Service delivery is typically through an inclusive approach in the general education setting with an emphasis on differentiated instruction and flexible grouping. Within heterogeneous and inclusive learning groups and settings, ALO schools provide an accelerated standards-based curriculum that presents learning at a pace, depth, and intensity that meets students' intellectual needs and motivational levels. ALO programs are for students who are academically ready and have the motivation for an extended curricular challenge.

ALO schools serve two primary student groups: (a) students who are district-identified as academically highly gifted or academically gifted, and (b) teacher-identified students who demonstrate skills and readiness for participation in an accelerated curriculum that is based on Spectrum curricular guidelines. Students participating in an ALO program are expected to (a) demonstrate mastery of grade level expectations in all areas and (b) work toward mastery beyond grade level in reading and mathematics (typically one grade or more above current grade assignment in reading and mathematics).

The program is guided by four principles:
1) Provide a rigorous curriculum.
2) Accelerate reading and mathematics curriculum utilizing flexible grouping strategies.
3) Provide differentiated instruction within heterogeneous, inclusive classroom settings.
4) Provide instruction by teachers familiar with the needs of advanced learners.

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