What services are available through EXCEL?
Our major focus is to provide for the needs of the individual child in identified talents. We use an inclusionary model. Students are cluster grouped in grades three through eight. If your child has been identified, he or she will be placed in a classroom with other EXCEL students as often as possible. Teachers are aware of the curricular areas where a child has already demonstrated exceptional abilities as tested on standardized test(s). For example, if your child has placed in the top five percent on the CTBS or ISTEP testing in math but scored in the average range in language, the classroom teacher will be informed of the student’s “target” area for differentiated instruction at the beginning of the school year. If a teacher decides a student will benefit from very different instruction from the cluster group, a case conference will be convened. Some students master the grade level work so quickly they are allowed to compact their work and move to the next grade level. Multiple assessments are used to be sure the student has mastered grade level profenciencies prior to advanced placement.