• Orland School District 135

    Enrichment Program Information


    Orland School District 135 serves the academic needs of high-performing students through a tiered Enrichment Program that is supported by current research. Enrichment fosters the intellectual growth and development of participating students as they strive to reach their full potential.

    Students who benefit from placement in an Enrichment Program are those who master content at an accelerated rate, understand interdisciplinary relationships, ask significant questions, think abstractly, and use critical thinking skills in diverse problem-solving situations. The Enrichment Program provides a variety of experiences that develop, enhance, and extend the knowledge, skills, and abilities that are critical to preparing students for the future.


    The program utilizes differentiated instructional strategies to promote high level thinking, abstract reasoning, and independent learning. Students are expected to express their learning through differentiated responses and products. Through enhancements and extensions of state and district curriculum standards, students have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their academic talents in a rich and supportive learning environment.


    Program Goals and Expectations:

    Program Goals:

    • Promote high academic achievement.
    • Increase higher level thinking skills Foster a positive self-concept.
    • Develop within each child an appreciation for the abilities and talents of self and others.
    • Foster mastery of skills and the desire to continue to learn throughout life.

    Student Goals:

    • Master multi-disciplinary content related to broad-based issues and themes
    • Experience in-depth learning in content areas through group and independent study
    • Develop creative products that challenge existing ideas and produce new ideas using a variety of techniques and materials
    • Participate in open-ended learning experiences Develop communication skills

    Student Performance Expectations:

    Students recommended for the Self-Contained Enrichment, Cluster Enrichment Resource, Walking for Math or Honors programs are expected to show potential of exemplary work habits and study skills; complete assignments in a timely manner; and sustain high levels of involvement in enrichment activities.



    The following outlines Orland School District 135 Enrichment Programs at each grade level.

    Please note the following key terms:

    Enrichment Resource: Students of similar abilities in the primary grades meet together weekly for enrichment lessons. (Grades Kindergarten-2)

    Self-contained: A classroom of students with similar abilities who remain together for the entire day. Curriculum is both accelerated and enriched. (Grades 3-5)

    Cluster Enrichment Resource: A small group of students of similar abilities within the regular program. Students meet together regularly for enrichment lessons. (Grades 3-5)

    Walking for Math: Students with similar high math abilities attend a daily math class with a grade level math teacher.  (Grades 3-5)

    Grade K-2: Classroom accommodations through team planning

    • Data collected regarding student progress is reviewed by building staff. Student can be referred by parents or staff to the principal.
    • Classroom and/or curriculum modifications are made if suggested.
    • Teacher implements modifications and monitors student progress. Additional team meetings can be scheduled to monitor progress.


    Primary Grade Identification Process/Academic Sessions:

    • Primary enrichment resource teachers work with students scoring in the 98th to 99th percentile on district assessments.   
    • During this time the enrichment resource and classroom teacher collaborate to observe and assess student performance.
    • Enrichment resource teachers engage students in interdisciplinary units and focus on application of higher-order thinking skills.  
    • At the end of the 2nd grade year, information gathered through assessments and classroom observations is used to consider placement decisions for 3rd grade.


    Intermediate Grade Identification Process/Academic Sessions:

    • Students whose MAP scores and/or Naglieri scores are at or above the 90th national percentile in reading and mathematics are included in the initial screening for enrichment services.
    • At the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade levels, information gathered through assessments and classroom observations are recorded on the Student Matrix and analyzed to determine accelerated placement.
    • Students who perform in the top 3-5% on a variety of assessed measures will be invited to participate in the Self-Contained Enrichment Program that is conducted at Meadow Ridge School.
    • Students who perform in the top 6-10% on a variety of assessed measures in reading will be invited to participate in the Cluster Enrichment Resource Program.
    • Students who perform in the top 6-10% on a variety of assessed measures in math will be invited to participate in the Walking for Math Program.
    • Once a student qualifies, accepts, and enters either the Cluster or Self-Contained Enrichment services, he/she will remain in the program through grade 5 as long as he/she satisfies student performance expectations.  
    • Students can qualify for enrichment services on an annual basis.
    • At the end of 5th grade data-based recommendations are made to the junior high school principals for participation in grade 6 honors classes in math, science, social studies and/or language arts.

    Junior High Honors Identification Process

    • Honors classes are offered for language arts, math, social science, and science.  Students may qualify for one or more honors classes.
    • All grade 5 students are screened in the spring for possible placement in junior high school honors classes.
    • At this level, the MAP reading qualifies for social studies and language arts and the MAP math qualifies for mathematics and science.
    • Students consistently scoring at or above the 95th percentile on MAP qualify for the junior high honors programs.  
    • Teachers, parents, or administrators may request that students be screened for honors class eligibility by contacting the building principal.
    • Once a student qualifies for honors class placement, he or she will remain in the honors class(es) throughout his/her junior high school career as long as the student meets the performance expectations.
    • Students can qualify for honors classes on an annual basis.     

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