Three fundamental differences distinguish the gifted from more typical learners: learning at faster rates; finding, solving, and acting on problems more readily; and manipulating abstract ideas/making connections more easily.
(VanTassel-Baska, J. and Stambaugh, T., 2006).
1. Why does the Academy offer a Partial Enrollment Option for Homeschooling Families?
2. What is the focus of AcademyACL’s Partial Enrollment option?
3. What does the Partial Enrollment option include?
All partially-enrolled students are invited to join class field trips and community-building school events, and every student will also have a Personal Learning Plan and five family-teacher conferences each year. The Academy Director will meet with every family of one or more partially-enrolled students to discuss the types of needs that the family would like to meet with the partial-enrollment option. The weekly schedule will be set with these needs in mind, and with a priority for ensuring that AcademyACL class sizes are not adversely affected with too many additional students. The current cap on partial-enrollment for any one Divisional class is two additional students, with consideration for the type of class/subject and the number of attendance days for the partially-enrolled student. Some families may find that attendance on Fridays is sufficient for their needs; others may be looking for a combination of times or a particular class.
Partially-enrolled student’s families will still be expected to attend new family orientation and all five family-teacher conferences, and to sign family contracts as well as complete partial enrollment paperwork that must be filed with District 11. Volunteer time from partially-enrolled families is very welcomed, but does not have a minimum requirement. Students in Divisions III (at least 3rd grade) and higher will be expected to participate in CSAP testing per Colorado requirements and all students may participate in other assessments according to the requirements of each Personal Learning Plan. Parents will be expected to follow all guidelines concerning home attendance and curriculum records, and can arrange to access AcademyACL curriculum materials for areas in which they are homeschooling as appropriate and available. AcademyACL anticipates growing the program over time to add more options and available slots as needed.