• High Ability Programs and Services

    Elementary High Ability Services

    The Monroe County Community School Corporation elementary Accelerated Learning Program for Students (ALPS) program for grades four through six is housed at University Elementary School.  This humanities-based program offers formally identified intellectually and academically high ability elementary students the opportunity to complete grade-level requirements as well as participate in appropriate enrichment and acceleration activities in all areas of the curriculum.  Students also have the opportunity to work with other students in their grade level at University Elementary throughout the school day.

    In addition to the self-contained ALPS classes, individual elementary schools offer program options for identified high ability students. These options may include grade level high ability cluster groups, subject grade skipping, flexible ability grouping for math and language arts, and inquiry-based instruction.

    The challenges of the ALPS program require both students and their families to make a commitment of time and energy. Students and families who elect to participate in the program agree to work together to ensure that the student:

    • Participates for a full academic year in the assigned placement
    • Produces work of high quality and submitted on time
    • Actively and meaningfully participates in class
    • Maintains a continuous desire to work at a level above and beyond what is explicitly taught in the classroom

    For more information on the elementary high ability identification process, please click here.

     

    Middle School High Ability Services

    All MCCSC middle schools offer self-contained Accelerated Learning Program for Students (ALPS) classes, advanced language arts instruction, and advanced math classes (algebra and geometry) for students formally identified as high ability. The middle school ALPS program offers academically and intellectually identified high ability middle school students the opportunity to participate in an advanced block of classes (science, language arts, and humanities/social studies) in both grades seven and eight. Students in all high ability classes can expect an enriched and accelerated curriculum as well as assignments that are more rigorous. Placement in advanced math classes is a separate identification process based on a student’s current math level and achievement that takes place in May. Middle school high ability students also enroll in additional classes to meet the curricular requirements of the State of Indiana.

    The challenges of middle school high ability classes require both students and their families to make a commitment of time and energy. Students and families who elect to participate in high ability classes agree to work together to ensure that the student:

    • Participates for a full academic year in the assigned placement
    • Produces class work and assignments of high quality and are submitted on time
    • Actively and appropriately participates in class and comes prepared to class
    • Maintains a minimum grade of “B” in each high ability class

    For more information on the middle school high ability identification process, please click here.

     

    High School High Ability Services

    High ability classes are self-selected at the high school level and available to any student who meets the course pre-requisites. Bloomington High School North, Bloomington High School South, and The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship offer honors level classes, Advanced Placement courses, and Advanced College Project courses in many content areas. The high schools also provide release time for students to attend classes on the Indiana University and Ivy Tech campuses.