• Join Us!!!!

    Let us know you are joining us HERE. 

    Advanced Academics Parent Night



    Romona Cheneval, Director of Advanced Academics

    Network 2 and 3 Partner 




    Jennifer Thomas, Advanced Academics Network I Partner 



  • LRSD Advanced Academics

    LRSD Advanced Academics provides support for students K-12 through a variety of programming options that include enrichment and gifted and talented support in K-5 schools, and advanced, GT, Pre-Advanced Placement, Advanced Placement, and concurrent courses at the secondary level.  Check out these program resources to learn more! 

    Gifted and Talented Program- The Gifted and Talented program supports over 2500 students in the LRSD.  The program's purpose is to support advanced and gifted and talented students so they make continuous academic progress in school.  Students identified for support through the gifted and talented program demonstrate a need for additional support through advanced academic achievement, creativity, and task commitment.  

    Arkansas Definition of Gifted and Talented: "Gifted and Talented children and youth are those of high potential or ability whose learning characteristics and educational needs require qualitatively differentiated educational experiences and/or services.  Possession of these talents and gifts, or the potential for their development, will be evidenced through an interaction of above average intellectual ability, task commitment and/or motivation, and creative ability."  -Arkansas Rules, Gifted and Talented Program Approval Standards.

    Characteristics of Gifted and Talented Students:  Gifted and talented students may learn quickly and independently as compared to their aged peers.  They often have well developed vocabulary, as well as advanced reading and writing skills.  They are very motivated, especially as it relates to studying topics of interest and/or areas of challenge.   

    Additional traits may include:

    • Ability to comprehend material several grade levels above their aged peers
    • Intuitive understanding of the basics
    • Creative problem solver
    • Need for precision
    • Absorbs information quickly with few repetitions needed
    • Exhibits emotional depth and sensitivity at a young age
    • Quirky or mature sense of humor
    • Self-aware, socially aware, and aware of global issues
    • Unique and divergent interests
    • High expectations for themselves and others

    Referral and Placement Process: If your student possesses these traits, he/she may need additional support to assure their continual academic growth.  To refer your student for further assessment, please complete this REFERRAL form and talk with your student's teacher and  your school's gifted and talented specialist.   

    Elementary Program Options

    K-2 Enrichment for ALL!  Students in grades K-2 are supported weekly via enrichment lessons delivered by certified GT specialists on each of our elementary campuses.  These weekly lessons focus on providing opportunities for students to stretch their critical and creative thinking skills through a variety of content and grade-level curriculum activities.  

    Gifted and Talented Pull-Out/Resource Room:  Students identified for gifted and talented program support attend weekly classes designed to engage them in personalized learning experiences to stretch their intellectual growth while supporting their interests and affective needs.   Students complete interdisciplinary learning activities and hands-on projects, participate in self-development activities, and continue to hone their academic skills as they research, explore, and produce products of learning to share with others. 


    Middle School Options:

    GT Seminar:  GT Seminar is an elective course in middle school led by a trained GT Facilitator that offers GT students an opportunity to extend their Pull-out/resource room learning into middle school.   This course is designed to help students transition to middle school while allowing them to dive into topics of study that are important to them.  

    Advanced Courses:  These core content courses provide students with an opportunity to study the curriculum with more depth and breadth and provides opportunities for students to stretch their knowledge and skills while preparing for high school. 


    High School Options:

    Advanced Courses: These core content courses provide students with an opportunity to study the curriculum with more depth and breadth and provide an opportunity for students to stretch their knowledge and skills.  Teachers of these courses have completed additional training to utlize differentiation teaching strategies in their classroom. 

    Pre-Advanced Placement Courses: These College Board designed courses share a focus on the critical thinking skills that will prepare students for college and careers.  Pre-Advanced Placement courses are designed to prepare students for Advanced Placement courses by providing exposure and practice to the foundational skills needed in AP.  Teachers of Pre-Advanced Placement courses must complete official College Board training and utilize the Pre-Advanced Placement curriculum developed by the College Board. 

    LEARN MORE HERE: College Board Pre-Advanced Placement Webpage

    Advanced Placement Courses: These college level courses offered in high school allow students an opportunity to earn college credit in high school and get a head start on their degrees.  Taught by specially trained high school teachers and developed by the College Board, these courses and their end of course exams provide an opportunity for students to show their mastery of the course.   AP Exams are scored with ratings of 1-5 with 1 being the lowest score and 5 being the highest.   Colleges and Universities typically accept scores of 3, 4, or 5 as qualifying scores that will enable the student to substitute the AP course for the related college course.   All colleges and universities have an AP Credit Policy.  It is recommended that students check with their college to see what scores are required for course credit.  

    LEARN MORE HERE- College Board Advanced Placement Webpage

    Concurrent Credit Courses: These courses are college courses taught in high school for both high school and college credit through an agreement with the school and a local university.  These courses require that students meet the enrollment requirements and  be enrolled in the partnering college or university, and the teacher of the course must meet the university's requirements for teaching the course.   Concurrent Credit courses are governed by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education's Concurrent Credit Policy.

    More Information may be accessed here