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Individual Subject Acceleration

Students in Grades K-8 at Shaker Heights Schools may be assigned to a subject/course in a higher grade level for the purpose of providing accelerated learning opportunities.

The path to individual subject acceleration is a multi-step process that includes input from parents/guardians and educators.

Parents/guardian who wish to pursue this option must first complete an Acceleration Referral Form. Following the completion of the referral form, the appropriate building principal will contact you to discuss your referral and how the school can meet the needs of your child. 

Should you wish to continue with the process, the principal will assemble an acceleration team, which includes the parent/guardian, the principal and educators. Before a decision is made about acceleration, the team will review the student’s MAP results, report cards, work (including tests), social-emotional development and skills. Then, the team will reach a decision about individual subject acceleration. 

If individual subject acceleration is approved, the team will develop a Written Acceleration Plan (WAP).

If individual subject acceleration is not approved, parents/guardians have an opportunity to appeal the decision. Appeals must be made in writing to the building principal within 30 days of notification of the decision.


Beth Wilson-Fish
Gifted Consultant



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