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Individual Achievement (I.A.) Program Testing

November 21, 2006

Each year, we give our K-4 students the opportunity to take the qualifying assessment for placement into the Individual Achievement (I.A.) Program.  This year’s test for students in first through fourth grades will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2007 from 9:00-12:00 at Sunrise Elementary School.  The assessment for kindergarten students will be held during the school day during the weeks of January 22nd and January 29th.

The Individual Achievement Program is designed to meet the academic and social needs of gifted students with advanced learning abilities and interests.  All students who participate in this program have qualified for admittance as a result of meeting the necessary standard on this assessment. 

Enumclaw School District offers a full-time program for students who meet standard.  This roughly represents about three percent of the elementary student population.  This full-time program is offered at Southwood Elementary in two classrooms:  a first through third grade Primary Classroom and a fourth/fifth grade Intermediate Classroom.  Our school district also offers a one-day per week program also held at Southwood Elementary.  This two-component program provides students with enrichment and acceleration, focusing on critical and creative thinking skills.

Those interested in having their child assessed for the Individual Achievement Program, can sign up in the office of their child’s school beginning on December 4, 2006.  The deadline for signing up kindergarten students will be January 12, 2007.  The deadline for signing up first through fourth grade students will be January 26, 2007.

There will be two informational evenings (December 7, 2006 and January 11, 2007) at the district office beginning at 6:30 for community members who would like to find out more about the assessment process or for those of you who have program questions.  Individual questions about the program can be directed to Mike Nelson. (360.802.7103 or mike_nelson@enumclaw.wednet.edu)