• The Project GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) program seeks to provide a differentiated, academically appropriate learning environment that is stimulating and secure, with an age-appropriate social and emotional setting in which gifted children can blossom and maximize their potential. We believe that every student has the right to an education that is academically challenging and appropriate in relation to his or her current academic abilities. The gifted program fuels the learning process of our students as they explore, develop, take risks, and grow intellectually, socially and ethically. Our goal is to foster the scholars' abilities to think critically and become problem solvers as well as to help them become independent and lifelong learners.

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    Accelerated Placement and Early Entrance Procedures

    Acceleration is one option for meeting the needs of high ability/high achieving students. The Accelerated Placement Act requires Illinois public school districts to adopt and implement policies on acceleration, specifically:

    • early entrance to kindergarten and first grade,
    • acceleration in a single subject area, and
    • “whole grade” acceleration (sometimes referred to as “grade skipping”).


    The goal of the Acceleration Act is to ensure that districts adopt equitable and effective assessment and placement practices. Accelerated placement is not limited to those students who have been identified as gifted and talented; it is open to all students who demonstrate high ability and who may benefit from accelerated placement.

    For those seeking to refer their student for one of the aforementioned acceleration options, please complete this document - APA Referral Request Form. Forms are fillable and can either be downloaded and emailed or mailed to the staff indicated below.

    For those parents seeking early entrance to kindergarten or first grade, and your child currently attends a school outside Lincolnwood School District 74, complete this second form -APA Exchange of Information.

    The referral and exchange of information (if applicable) are due by Friday, June 7, 2019.

    For more information about District 74’s procedures related to these acceleration options or to submit a referral form, please see the contact information below:

    • Early Entrance to Kindergarten - Contact: Christopher Harmon, Todd Hall Principal, 847-675-8235 or charmon@sd74.org
    • Early Entrance to First Grade - Contact: Christopher Harmon, Todd Hall Principal, 847-675-8235 or charmon@sd74.org
    • Subject/Grade Acceleration - Contact: your student's School Principal