Gifted Services

Enrichment, Explore, Quest, and Math Courses

District 67’s Enrichment, Explore, Quest and Math Courses provide tiers of curriculum enhancement and acceleration based on the academic needs of a wide range of students.

Grades K-2 Enrichment Services

Each elementary building has an Enrichment Resource Teacher (ERT). The classroom teacher is the children’s main source of enrichment but the ERT plays a critical role and assists with teaching, materials, and strategies for advanced learners. The Enrichment Resource Teacher (ERT) plans and works with each classroom teacher to recognize and develop children’s strengths. The ERT focuses on higher level thinking skills and brings depth to content areas. The ERT works with changing groups of students who demonstrate, through classroom performance, the need for learning extensions in core subjects. These flexible experiences may occur outside or within the classroom. The ERT supports teachers with differentiating instruction and developing rigorous activities to meet children’s learning needs and help them grow.

Grades 3-4 Explore Classes

Explore reading and math classes begin in third grade. The school district has an extensive review process which identifies students whose academic performance and aptitude require highly advanced programming. Students who demonstrate strong abstract reasoning, complex problem solving skills, deep analytic abilities, and keen insights on these measurements are best suited for our reading and/or math Explore classes.  Students can qualify for Explore classes in reading, math, or both of these areas. These classes are not capped at a certain number or percentage of students.  If a student qualifies for this type of programming, it will be provided to him/her.  The Explore teacher is primarily responsible for the child’s instruction in the specified area.  However, students may also be participating in other instructional arrangements, grade-wide projects, mixed literary groups, etc. Regardless of the learning environment, a child’s academic tasks will be adjusted to meet his/her learning needs. In addition to students who are formally identified for Explore classes, the Explore teacher may also work with other students with high abilities through our flexible service delivery model.

Grades 5-8 Explore and Quest English Language Arts (ELA) Classes

In grades 5-8, ELA courses are titled Core, Explore, and Quest.  All courses provide robust and challenging curricula.  The school district has an extensive review process which identifies students whose academic performance and aptitude require advanced programming. Students who demonstrate strong abstract reasoning skills, deep literary analysis abilities, and keen insights on these measurements are best suited for Quest ELA. Quest courses utilize materials that are often differentiated well beyond grade level. The pace is quick, the content is complex, and higher-level thinking is required.

Grades 5-8 Math Course Sequence

The middle school offers a rigorous math course sequence.  Students are assessed on a regular basis to determine their level of readiness for advanced programming.  Review teams examine student performance indicators, aptitude, and learner characteristics in order to best match students with math courses.  Math placements are designed to meet the students where they are and keep them at the forefront of their learning capabilities.  When a student demonstrates a need for a course that is typically offered in a higher grade, he/she will be provided entrance into that level of course.

If you have questions regarding these programs or the identification process, please contact Dr. Ingrid Wiemer, Executive Director of Student Services, 847-604-7440 or Mr. Michael Kroll (for grades 5-8) DPM-East Assistant Principal, 847-604-7477.