Extended Learning Program Levels of Service

Strength Area: This service is for students who excel in one or more academic areas.  Direct service through a scheduled class or through the ELP teacher may be offered, depending upon needs and available time.  Flexible groups in conjunction with regular classroom topics vary in length, content, and frequency and may be pullout or within the regular classroom.  STEM (formerly Math) indicates excellence in one or more of the areas including: science, technology, engineering, and math.  HUMANITIES*(formerly Reading) indicates excellence in one or more of the areas including: literature, language arts, and social sciences.

*The definition of humanities includes disciplines beyond those listed above.  Areas such as visual arts, performing arts, philosophy, classics, religion, etc. may be served through other departments in the JCSD.

Extended Studies: Students at this level of service have significant general intellectual and social/emotional needs above the regular curriculum, requiring a Personalized Educational Plan to provide differentiated programming. In addition to the services offered above, direct service includes an option for specific extended studies classes to meet program goals in research, higher level thinking skills, emotional and social behaviors, and self-directed learning.

Star Amendment: The purpose of the amendment (*) to the identification label is to guide the development of a differentiated curriculum to help assure that the student continues to make academic progress and social emotional needs are met.  The student may need extra support. A guidance counselor may be asked to provide assistance or a student might work individually with a teacher on a project.  When appropriate, * students may be clustered in a classroom with other ELP students. The main emphasis is to ensure the child is in the most optimal setting for learning

**The classroom teacher provides classroom enrichment and differentiation, with support from ELP and other staff such as teacher leaders. Differentiation for advanced learners provides greater complexity in thinking, an increase in depth of the curriculum and pace of instruction. Classroom enrichment was formerly an ELP level of service.