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Acceleration Information

Before a student can be accelerated (whether subject acceleration or grade acceleration), the School District of Wisconsin Rapids has a policy in place that must be followed in order to properly recognize the need for educational alternatives and collect evidence of unusually high academic proficiency. In short, the process includes a formal referral (which can be done by parent, student, teacher or GATES coordinator) and evaluation (conducted by GATES coordinator) for various types of acceleration. The acceleration process and program is comprehensive, across all subjects and examined for long-term effects and options. Please understand that acceleration means matching the curriculum to a student's abilities- tailoring the "classroom" to fit the individual and unique needs. What acceleration can mean for one student, could be something completely else for another.  Some examples of forms of acceleration include (but are not limited to): Early entrance into school, grade skipping, curriculum compaction, subject acceleration, advanced placement, dual enrollment and mentorship.  Below, is some information to consider when looking into acceleration for your child.
What Acceleration Can Cause In General: 
  • It may include traveling between buildings.
  • It may require the student to take a course virtually. 
  • Standardized tests will be taken at the accelerated grade level for those students who have been whole grade accelerated.
  • Standardized tests will be taken at base grade level for students who are subject accelerated.
  • Extracurricular eligibility will be based on the accelerated grade level for those students who are whole grade accelerated. 
  • High school course taken prior to grade 9 will not result in credit towards graduation.
  • Grades from high school courses  taken prior to grade 9 will not be calculated in the student's GPA.
  • High school transcripts will note high school courses completed prior to high school. 
Possible Cons to Consider Before Accelerating:
  • "Burn out" of the student when being pushed too far too fast  by themselves or adults
  • Gaps that can exist when skipping content in specific subject areas
  • Subject acceleration can cause the student to take college courses not offered at Lincoln High School (the need to travel or take virtual courses arises)
  • Acceleration can cause the student to be in classes with students older than themselves
  • There are strict deadlines when a student can accelerate
  • There are strong suggestions for the most appropriate time to accelerate a student in a particular course or grade
  • Students may find it difficult to accept if they go from the top of their class to "average" in an accelerated class
Possible Pros to Consider Before Accelerating:
  • Students who have already mastered skill levels about current subject/grade can move ahead without repeating the same topics/content more than necessary
  • Students of like interest and ability feed off of one another and can perpetuate growth more rapidly
  • Can increase motivation towards schooling if currently unmotivated
  • Promotes more challenging options or rigor
  • Prepares them to begin contributing to society at an earlier age