The Dunlap Community Unit School District #323 believes that while all children can learn, they learn at different rates and in different ways. Gifted and talented children are those who demonstrate or have the potential to demonstrate exceptional levels of intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership abilities. In order to fully develop such capabilities, these students require differentiated education programs beyond those provided by the general education curriculum.
The Enrichment Eagles program offers services for qualifying students in grades 3 through 5.
Enrichment Eagles Process (an Overview)
Enrichment Eagles Sponsors review scores in order to identify exceptional learners for participation in the Enrichment Eagles Program. Numerous ability and achievement assessments scores are reviewed to determine qualifying students. The newly updated Enrichment Eagles Handbook describes the identification process more in-depth.
Parents of qualifying students will receive an invitation letter prior to the beginning of the school year. Students in 4th and 5th grades who qualified during the previous school year will automatically be asked to participate.
An informational meeting will be held for parents and students at individual schools each September, and the Enrichment Eagles Program will then begin for students.
Appeal Process for Enrichment Services
Numerous academic and ability scores as well as teacher recommendation are reviewed to identify students in need of enrichment services. If you believe that an error in identification has occurred based upon one or more of the conditions described below you may submit a letter of appeal.
Appeals must be based upon one or more of the following conditions:
1) A circumstance believed to have caused a misinterpretation of the testing results
· i.e., incorrect birthdate or grade level used in calculating the student’s score
2) An inequitable application of the identification procedures
· i.e., the applicant’s proficiency with the English Language
3) An extraordinary and temporary circumstance that negatively affected the validity of the test results.
· i.e., a traumatic event or situation immediately preceding the test
If you believe one or more of these conditions apply to your child, you will need to submit a letter to your child’s principal. The letter should include the following:
1. The condition that affected your child’s performance
2. Any additional information that supports your appeal
3. Include your name, address, and phone number as well as your child’s name, grade, and school.
Appeals are reviewed by the Appeals Committee, which includes teachers and administrative staff. All submitted documents are closely and carefully reviewed. The Committee is looking for evidence that the results of the testing are not a true representation of the child’s abilities. The decision of the Appeals Committee is final. Parents will receive written notification of the decision.
Middle School appeals must be submitted to the building principal by no later than one week prior to students' first day of attendance.
Elementary appeals for the Enrichment Eagles must be submitted by the end of the first day of student attendance.
Resources & Website Links
Enrichment Eagles Website
Enrichment Eagles Handbook
Enrichment Eagles Yearly Timeline
Enrichment Eagles Sponsors
Hickory Grove Elementary - Leslie Bee, Hope Hamm & Sarah Middendorf
Ridgeview - Becky Kuethe & Nicole Loser
Wilder-Waite - Michelle Arnott
Dunlap Grade - Sam Mahrt
Banner Elementary - Shaela Hudson
Middle School Enrichment Services
Middle School Enrichment Services 2017
Advanced course maps can be found here.
The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) provides information about a student's level and pattern of cognitive development and is administered to students in grades two, four, and six.
You can visit the CogAT website for more details about the assessment and learn how to interpret your student's ability profile by clicking here. Additionally, you can view the district-created CogAT presentation by clicking here.
Dunlap Enrichment Program Board Presentation (September 16, 2015)