Lyons School District 103

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Acceleration Process

Meeting needs of High-Ability Students and Services Offered in Lyons School District 103

We in Lyons School District 103, believe that student success begins in the classroom. Recognizing that students learn in many ways and with the intention of challenging students at all learning levels, we offer differentiated services to all students.

For Elementary:

Classroom differentiation services for reading/math, THINK enrichment programming once per week, and opportunities for participating in contests and enriched experiences throughout the school year, band and orchestra opportunities, Battle of the Books, and various after school clubs.

For Middle School:

Classroom differentiation services and challenge class placement for reading/math, clubs, band and orchestra, etc. Through these offerings, students are offered opportunities to stretch and reach their highest ability in an academic environment. This intention  is supported by the vision of Lyons School District 103, “We will provide instructional and extra-curriculum programs to help students reach their highest potential.”

Acceleration Placement Procedures:

Lyons School District 103, in compliance with the Accelerated Placement Act, believes that all students across the achievement spectrum should be challenged and supported to develop to their highest potential.  This can best be achieved by affording all students access to curricula and to learning environments more commonly provided to older students. The acceleration policy describes the process that shall be used for evaluating students for possible accelerated placement in following five ways:

  • Early admission to kindergarten;
  • Early admission to first grade;
  • Accelerated in one or more individual subject areas;
  • Promoted to a higher-grade level than their same-age peers; and
  • Any additional acceleration to help a student. 

The acceleration policy shall be applied equitably and systematically to all students referred for acceleration regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gifted and talented status, twice/multiple exceptionality, English language proficiency, or socioeconomic background.


Accelerated placement is the placement of a student at the instructional level that best matches that student’s needs by allowing access to a curriculum and/or learning environment that is usually reserved for children who are older or in higher grades than the student.  


Accelerated placement is not limited to those students who have been identified as gifted and talented, but rather is open to all students who demonstrate high ability and who may benefit from accelerated placement.


How do I apply for acceleration for my student?

Any student residing in the district may be referred by a teacher, administrator, gifted education specialist, guidance counselor, school psychologist, or a parent or legal guardian of the student to the Principal for evaluation for possible accelerated placement.