Extended Services Program Overview

  • Program Overview:

    Extended services (ES) in District 220 are considered an extension of the general education curriculum, delivering advanced content at an accelerated pace. Extended services are provided in various content areas and at various grade levels starting in 3rd grade. At the elementary level, 3rd-5th grade, pullout math and/or reading resource and self-contained services exist. The continuum of services expands to 8th grade in the form of extended courses in math, language arts, science, and the visual arts. The continuum of services expands into the high school with honors courses and/or advanced placement (AP) courses offered. 

    All students must meet eligibility criteria outlined in the Identification Process of this handbook. Placement is flexible. Services include the following:  

    • Early Entrance: District 220 supports early entrance into kindergarten and 1st grade for children who are capable of working in a classroom setting and qualify through the district screening process.
    • Grades K-2:  Students demonstrating a need for academic rigor in kindergarten through 2nd grade are accommodated through in-class, differentiation by the general education teacher assisted by the extended teacher at the home school.
    • Grades 3-5: Students demonstrating a need for greater academic challenge in 3rd- 5th grade are accommodated with either pull-out reading and/or math, or in the self-contained program, and are taught by a gifted specialist.
    • Grades 6-8: Students demonstrating a need for advanced academic challenge are accommodated with extended classes in language arts, math, science, and/or the visual arts.
    • Grades 9-12: Students in the high school can qualify for a variety of honors and advanced placement classes.

    *Note: Eligibility criteria may change over time based on student needs, adjustments to the program, research, and best practices in education.

Extended Services Program Goals

  • (Based on NAGC Programming Standards)

    Standard 1: Learning and Development

    Goal: Educators will promote ongoing self-understanding, an awareness of their own needs, and the cognitive and affective growth of students.

    Standard 2: Assessment

    Goal: Assessments will provide data used to identify students, learning progress and outcomes, and programming for students who demonstrate exceptionality in cognitive ability, achievement, and/or talent in academics and/or the visual arts.

    Standard 3: Curriculum Planning and Instruction

    Goal: Educators will apply the theory and research-based models of curriculum and instruction related to students who demonstrate exceptionality in cognitive ability, achievement, or talent and respond to their needs by planning, selecting, adapting, and creating culturally relevant curriculum and by using a repertoire of evidence-based instructional strategies to ensure specific student outcomes.

    Standard 4: Learning Environments

    Goal: Learning environments will foster student growth, development, and inquiry in the areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and/or the visual arts aligned to learning standards. Instruction will further cultivate personal and social responsibility, multicultural awareness, interpersonal competencies, and leadership skills.

    Standard 5: Programming

    Goal: Educators will use their knowledge of student development systematically and collaboratively to develop, implement, and effectively provide a continuum of services for students who demonstrate exceptionality in cognitive ability, achievement, and/or talent to ensure specific student outcomes.

    Standard 6: Professional Development

    Goal: All educators (administrators, teachers, counselors, and other instructional support staff) will build their knowledge and skills to best support students who demonstrate exceptionality in cognitive ability, achievement, and/or talent. They will 1) determine professional development (PD) needs related to students who demonstrate exceptionalities, 2) engage in training to meet the identified PD needs, and 3) implement new strategies to support student learning. All educators (administrators, teachers, counselors, and other instructional support staff) will access resources to provide needed student support.

  • April D. Jordan, EdD.
    Director of Extended Services and Staff Development
    Office: (847) 842-3529
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