Elementary Advanced Learner Program
Carmel Unified School District is excited to offer eligible 4th and 5th grade students with the opportunity to participate in the Advanced Learner Program (ALP). The following table shows the courses that will be offered this year. Each course will be offered during the school day via a class pullout. Qualified students will receive a letter in the first few weeks of the new school year.
The projected course outline is below.
A minimum of 3 points are required to participate in ALP. Points are earned in the following ways:
1. Report card grades (2 points possible)
4-5 Thorough marks = 1 point
6-8 Thorough marks = 2 points
2. SBAC scores from prior year (2 points possible)
English Language Arts cut score = 1 point
Mathmatics cut score = 2 points
3. Teacher referral | REQUIRED for PARTICIPATION (1 point)
Students are referred for ALP based on their abilities in the following areas:
- Has a thorough understanding of math topics covered in class. Student can interpret and carry out mathematical procedures with high levels of precision and fluency.
- Can explain mathematical processes with clarity and precision.
- Learns new concepts quickly and can transfer knowledge into new and unfamiliar concepts.
- Student is inquisitive and enjoys problem solving activities.
English Language Arts
- Can read and comprehend a range of literary and informational texts at unusually high complexity.
- Can express compelling, well supported ideas clearly in collaborative discussions through writing.
- Uses textual evidence effectively to demonstrate critical thinking about a text.
- Actively seeks new material to read for enjoyment and/or enjoys writing tasks and often uses his/her spare time to write for pleasure.
- Seeks to extend learning through advanced opportunities and new challenges.
- Actively participates and is engaged in class discussions.
- Turns in assignments that are complete, thoughtful, and well done.
- Projects personal ownership and responsibility for learning.
- Can afford to miss classroom instruction for 1.5 hours per week.
Class size is a limiting factor in the selection of students for this program. If more students qualify than we can fit into a class, students are ranked on the above information in order to qualify.