Belief Statements

Beth Tsoumas

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction
(847) 998-5006

Kristine Patterson

Director of ELL & Bilingual Programs
(847) 657-2479

Tracy Tuchow

Administrative Assistant
(847) 998-5007
  1. By grade 4, some students show signs of readiness for more advanced math instruction.  Advanced students show readiness to apply newly acquired skills sooner than peers in the non-advanced courses.  While differentiation is necessary in all courses, having a separate course for advanced students allows for a different instructional approach. 
  2. Appendix A of the Common Core State Standards recommends compacting curriculum for accelerated learners in grades 7 and above.  As District 34 is a high performing district, we begin the compacting for our Double Accelerated group of students in grade 6.  Our Single Accelerated students begin learning a compacted curriculum in 7th grade, as recommended in Appendix A.
  3. Advanced and Accelerated math students should demonstrate the following qualities:
    • Strong mathematical skills and conceptual understanding
    • Regularly demonstrated use of the 8 Mathematical Practices
    • Consistent exemplary work habits and habits of mind