Challenge in CCSD 89

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    The Challenge Program in Community Consolidated School District 89 is an extension program for identified students in second through fifth grade. The program is content based with two different curriculum foci.

    Students who show giftedness in English Language Arts can qualify for the Language Arts and Humanities (LAH) strand. A full description of the LAH program can be found below.

    Students who show giftedness in math and science can qualify for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  A full description of the STEM program can be found below.

     

    Challenge Language Arts and Humanities

    Challenge Language Arts and Humanities (LAH) is offered for children in grades 2-5 who need a more advanced curriculum in these areas to thrive academically. Learning objectives are aligned with the Common Core learning objectives, at a higher grade level. Students are pulled from their literacy block two to three times a week for Challenge LAH.  

    Activities and projects may include: novel studies, poetry, research, Socratic Method, Shakespeare, introduction to Latin, Greek and Latin roots, mythology, history and cultural studies, presentation skills, and more. Speaking & listening/performance common core is also covered with each grade level.

    Specific units of study can be found on the individual teachers' websites.  

     

    Challenge STEM

    STEM Challenge include Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  High-performing students in grades 2-5 are identified as needing more rigorous STEM learning opportunities than offered in the regular classroom.  Learning targets and objectives are aligned with the Common Core and College and Career Ready standards, at an advanced grade level. Students are pulled from their math block three times a week for Challenge STEM.  

    Activities that STEM students participate in may include: hands-on equations, algebra, robotics, architecture, introduction to computer programming, structural engineering, research, labs, and experiments, and Continental Math League contests.

    Specific units of study can be found when Challenge teachers' websites.  

     

    Identification

    All students are screened for potential entrance to the Challenge program. Identification is based on both cognitive and academic performance. Please note: identification for Challenge is not something for which teachers and/or parents can prepare students. Students identified for the program show a natural ability, cognitive strength, and a general ease with curriculum and new challenges. 

    Placement eligibility for Challenge LAH requires a cognitive score above the 93rd percentile, MAP ELA performance consistently above the 93 percentile, and evidence of exceeding standards on common formative assessments. 

    Placement eligibility for Challenge STEM requires a cognitive score above the 93rd percentile, MAP Math performance consistently above the 93 percentile, and evidence of exceeding standards on common formative assessments.  

    Continued placement in the program requires maintaining above the 93 percentile on MAP as well as exceeding standards in the regular classroom setting.

    To learn more about the Challenge Program Appeals Procedure, click here

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