Frequently Asked Questions
- When and how will I know that my child has been recommended for placement in ELP?
- Once identified as gifted, will my child continue in ELP placement through 8th grade?
- Does the District offer advanced placement and/or enrichment in other subjects beyond English Language Arts and Math?
- If my child was identified as ELP or advanced placement in District 27, does that mean he/she will be placed in honors classes at the high school?
- What's the District's policy regarding private testing?
- Can my child enter the program at any time?
- How do I prepare my child for taking the Stanford Binet V?
Students are referred for Extending Learning Program (ELP) during April and May. Parents are notified by mail of the results of the screening process at the end of the school year. Students who qualify for individual testing are scheduled to take the Stanford-Binet within a two to three-week window after school has been dismissed for summer vacation. Parents will be notified by mail of eligibility for placement in ELP during the month of July.
Yes, District 27 offers the following opportunities:
- Advanced placement in Spanish and French beginning in 7th grade.
- Science Fair elective in 8th grade.
- Band, orchestra, and chorus electives.
- Interscholastic sports.
- Creative dramatics and musical production for 6th through 8th grades.
- Various electives and extracurricular clubs for 6th through 8th grades.
Your child cannot study for the Stanford Binet nor can your child be tutored for it. Tell your child that one of the District's psychologist will ask him/her to answer questions or to perform some tasks; try not to refer to the Standard Binet as a test. While some children are comfortable in a testing situation, others may feel worried or anxious.
Make sure your child gets a good night's sleep before the test and has a healthy mean or snack before the testing session. If for any reason your child is not feeling well on the day scheduled, cancel the test and reschedule for another day.