High Ability Curriculum and Instruction Plan

Introduction

Indiana mandates that high ability students be given access to enriched and accelerated replacement curriculum in the areas of English/Language Arts and Mathematics. Because high ability students are at many different instructional levels, students in high ability classes need differentiation in content, processes, and products.

High ability curriculum is qualitatively different in all aspects:

In Alexandria Community School Corporation we expect not just growth of our students, but high growth. Where a typical student would be expected for grow one grade equivalency each school year, Alexandria expects 1.5 years of growth. In order to do this, high ability teachers compact the curriculum wherever possible and much of the school day is spent on learning that is individualized for that student’s needs. Workshop approaches to learning are the norm in a high ability classroom. Whole group instruction is still present, but cannot be the main method of content delivery due to the variety of different levels even amongst high ability students. For this reason, high ability students must demonstrate good work ethic and the ability to self-monitor to get the most out of high ability classes. Students who lack skill in these two areas will need intervention in order to achieve success.

Considerable time and resources were spent in carefully choosing the curriculum materials for high ability student use in Alexandria. The table below lists the curriculum materials used to teach our students and links to websites for further exploration. This is a living document that will be updated annually as we reevaluate the program and the materials we use.

Link to High Ability Curriculum Matrix

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