Extended Services Program
April D. Jordan, Ed.D., Director of Extended Services and Staff Development
Office: (847) 842-3529Philosophy of Extended Services:We believe the purpose of the Extended Services Program is to support children with a unique profile of strengths, talents, and/or abilities whose needs exceed the core curriculum.
We support the needs of all students in the district with high aptitude or competence in academics and/or the visual arts who require specialized instruction when compared to peers of their age, experience, and environment. Through a continuum of services, varying levels of challenge are designed to match student needs by differentiated, accelerated, and/or enriched instruction. Program placement is fluid, with appropriate opportunities to move within the continuum to transform student potential into performance.
Continuum of Services:
Click on this link for details regarding the Early Entrance Assessment offered each May.
Elementary:Students identified for Extended Mathematics in grades 3-5 participate daily in a pullout resource program at their home school for accelerated learning experiences and intervention.
Students identified for Extended Reading in Grade 3 participate in pullout resource services twice a week, and students in grades 4 and 5 receive daily intervention.
Both resource programs strive to challenge students by giving them opportunities for advanced critical and creative thinking with problem solving and inquiry approaches in the areas of mathematics and language arts.
The self-contained program in grades 3-5 is available for students who qualify intellectually. Accelerated math and reading instruction is provided. In other areas the grade level curriculum is compacted to allow time to accelerate and explore other areas beyond the scope of the regular curriculum.
The Middle School Extended Program offers enriched and accelerated classes in English, Mathematics, Science and the Visual Arts. Students may qualify for replacement, daily Extended English, Mathematics, and/or Science classes starting in grade 6. Extended Visual Arts classes meet one period per week in Grade 6 and two periods per week in grades 7 and 8.
Students from the Middle School Extended Services Program transition into appropriate Honors and Advanced Placement classes at Barrington High School.