Programs and Services

Serving Students at All Grade Levels

The Advanced Academics and Talent Development program offers services for elementary, middle school, and high school students. At the elementary level, students are grouped together so teachers can readily meet their learning needs. In grades 7-8, accelerated math courses, pre-Advanced Placement courses, and enrichment experiences are prevalent. Similarly, students at the high school may take Pre-Advanced and Advanced Placement courses, college classes offered at the high school or at neighboring colleges, and an expanse of enrichment opportunities.

Elementary Student Groups

Whether informally or formally identified, elementary students who are identified as needing advanced academic services are grouped together in a classroom with a teacher who has received training to meet most needs of the students. All elementary teachers in the district receive specific training in advanced academics and talent development. They are skillful in meeting their students' needs while differentiating curriculum and instruction for all students. For more information on differentiated instruction, please download our Differentiated Instruction for Advanced Students fact sheet.

Informally in grades 1-3, and formally in grades 4-6, identified students are intentionally grouped together in classrooms. These groups typically include 4-8 students identified as needing advanced academics within a classroom of students with varying ability levels. Besides addressing their intellectual needs, this intentional grouping also helps  students meet their social and emotional needs as they work with their academic peers.

Each of the district's elementary schools has a lead teacher who coordinates building enrichment opportunities and staff training. The lead teacher also organizes differentiated materials for classroom teachers to use with students during the school day.

Acceleration Options for Students

There are many ways to accelerate learning for students who are academically, intellectually, socially, and emotionally ready to learn at a faster pace or before the expected age for learning.

1. Early Entrance to Kindergarten or First Grade

2. Grade or Subject Acceleration:

These options require a formal request and have a set process to follow. See the attachments above for more information on these procedures. The Request for Acceleration Form allows parents/guardians, teachers, or students to begin the process. Note that teachers also accelerate learning in more informal ways in the classroom, such as compacting the curriculum and differentiating instruction, and these informal procedures do not require a formal request form.

For more information on these options, please contact your child’s teacher, the school Advanced Academics and Talent Development lead teacher, or the district coordinator.

Enrichment Programs Offer Additional Opportunities

Elementary students have a variety of enrichment opportunities available to them. Those opportunities include the North Suburban Summer Academy, Young Authors Programming for talented writers, Math Masters, and Continental Math League. We also sponsor our district's student publication,Voices, which is published each summer, highlighting the artwork and writing of our talented students from preschool through high school. Click on the "Enrichment and Resources" tab in the menu on the left side of this page for more information on other quality enrichment programs.


Elementary School Lead Teachers for Advanced Academics and Talent Development

Teachers strive to advance academics and develop talents of students in the classroom. The lead teacher supports and assists the teachers in providing differentiation in the classroom, coordinates enrichment opportunities, and is an advocate for advanced academics and talent development in the school.

Middle Grades Offer Additional Options

Roseville Area Middle School Services

Roseville Area Middle School (RAMS) courses embed Advanced Options (AOs) in classes so students are prepared to take Advanced Placement (AP) courses in high school. AOs are accessible to all students and offer (1) an accelerated pace, (2) more depth by deepening the discipline knowledge and practices, and/or (3) more complexity by using sophisticated levels of advanced thinking.

In math, students have the opportunity to take accelerated classes that earn high school credit. Intermediate Algebra, typically a grade 9 course, and Geometry, a grade 10 course, are offered to students as early as grade 7.

Ursala Pankonin, lead teacher for advanced academics and talent development, supports the students and teachers at RAMS. She offers a variety of morning groups such as book clubs, creative writing, Future City competition, Stock Market Game, and more. Information about these groups is communicated to students and parents through the RAMS school newsletter. Individual support for students, if needed, can be requested.

Please visit the RAMS Site or contact Ursala Pankonin at ursala.pankonin@isd623.org or 651-482-5280 for more information on programming at RAMS.

Parkview Center School Grades 7-8 Services

Parkview middle school courses embed Advanced Options (AOs) in classes so students are prepared to take Advanced Placement (AP) courses in high school. AOs are accessible to all students and offer (1) an accelerated pace, (2) more depth by deepening the discipline knowledge and practices, and/or (3) more complexity by using sophisticated levels of advanced thinking.

In math, students in grades 7-8 may take accelerated math classes and earn up to two high-school credits (Intermediate Algebra and Geometry).

In addition to a rigorous curriculum, students have the opportunity to participate in several academic competitions and groups such as Science Fair, Spelling Bee, Jaguar News, Mathcounts, AMC 8 and St. Cloud Math Contest.

Please contact Erin Anderson at erin.e.anderson@isd623.org for more information on advanced academic and talent development programming at Parkview Center School.

Array of Courses and Activities Offered at Roseville Area High School

Students at Roseville Area High School (RAHS) have an array of course electives and accelerated options to meet their needs and interests. They may take advantage of Pre-Advanced and Advanced Placement courses, college classes offered onsite (College in the Schools or CIS) or at neighboring colleges (Post Secondary Enrollment Options or PSEO), and an expanse of enrichment opportunities.
For more information on these options, please contact the RAHS counselors.