What is ACT?
The Accelerated Curriculum and Technology program provides eligible students in grades 3 and 4 with enrichment to the basic curriculum. In grade 2, all students participate in activities designed to develop higher-level thinking and creativity skills. In third and fourth grades, academically-talented students meet in small groups to work on projects and activities that enhance and extend the regular classroom curriculum with a focus on critical thinking and technology integration.
When does it meet?
Third and fourth grade ACT students are pulled from their regular classrooms for about 2 hours each week to work with other identified students at their same grade level. District Library/Media staff provide project-based higher-order thinking activities for ACT students.
What special services does it offer?
Students in ACT work in small groups on theme units chosen to enhance the regular curriculum in mathematics, language arts, science, and social studies. The focus is on logical reasoning, problem solving, and adding depth and enrichment to the grade level curriculum.
How are students identified for the district’s special programs?
Teachers, administrators, parents, or community members may nominate students for Capital School District’s programs and services for high-ability learners. To request consideration for one of these programs, parents should contact the school office or the Capital School District Curriculum Office (857-4223) and request a nomination form. All eligible candidates are screened using a multi-criteria matrix approach, and all placement recommendations are made by a committee of teachers and administrators who are familiar with the special characteristics and needs of gifted and high-ability learners.
How can parents or community members get more information?
Parents or community members who need more information about this or other Capital School District programs can contact the Curriculum Office or visit any of the District’s schools.