West Valley School District will begin the initial stages of the identification process for the 3rd and 4th grade Programs for Advanced Learning on January 7, 2014. All second and third graders enrolled in the district will be given the DIBELs Reading Assessment and the EasyCBM Math Assessment by a district-wide assessment team. Scores from these screeners will be used to begin to identify possible participants in next year’s PAL classrooms. These programs offer challenging and rigorous curriculum to students who have demonstrated cognitive ability, specific academic achievement in one or more content area and exceptional creativity. In order to qualify for the program, students must generally score at the 90th percentile or above on academic and cognitive tests. Parent and teacher nominations for the PAL Program will be accepted at a later date. There is an informational parent meeting scheduled for 6:00 pm on January 21 at Wide Hollow Elementary to discuss the program and answer questions.
These programs offer challenging and rigorous curriculum to students that are highly capable academically and have demonstrated excellent academic skills. In order to qualify for this program students must generally score at the 90th percentile or higher on a standardized academic achievement test. Self-contained classes are offered for grades three and four in the Program for Advanced Learning. These classes are held at Wide Hollow Elementary School.
At West Valley Middle School fifth and sixth grade students are provided opportunities for advanced learning through the Advanced Classes Program and advanced classes are also available for seventh grade students at West Valley Junior High.
Honors classes are available for students in Grades 8-10. Advanced Placement, College-in-the-High-School, and TechPrep classes are available for students in Grades 10-12.
Testing for qualification for current second grade students will take place for all students in their classrooms in March. Parents will be notified of the results. For more information about the Highly Capable program, contact Dawn Williams, Coordinator for State and Federal Programs at (509) 972-5522.