Academically Challenging Curriculum to Enhance Learning

  • ACCEL – Academically Challenging Curriculum to Enhance Learning 

    ACCEL options in elementary schools include whole-grade promotion, mid-year promotion and subject matter acceleration. The student’s cumulative record shall indicate the assignment of an accelerated placement. ACCEL option requirements established by the principal, may also include participation in extracurricular activities, educational outings, field trips, interscholastic competitions, and other activities related to the ACCEL option selected. 

    A parent may request acceleration that would result in a student attending a different school or a virtual school. If the parent selects one of these ACCEL options and the student meets the eligibility and procedural requirements, the student must be provided the opportunity to participate in the ACCEL option. Transportation will be the responsibility of the parent.

    The Multi-tiered (MTSS) System of Supports process should be used when determining whether or not a student should be accelerated. The following criteria shall be evident for whole grade, mid-year and subject matter acceleration: 

    • Demonstration of exceptionally high achievement in grades and daily performance in the course or at the grade level to be by-passed; such performance shall be based on assessments and independently-completed student work reflecting Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSS) and/or Florida Standards; 
    • K-2 students must communicate in a manner that illustrates confidence and proficiency in the content area(s) or grade level into which they will be accelerated;
    • Superior/excellent grade point average in grades 3-6 or exceptionally high performance on FSA/ FCAT 2.0 in reading, writing, science, and/or math for students in grades 4-6;
    • Demonstration of satisfactory conduct and work habits;
    • Compliance with district attendance policy;
    • Recommendations from former teachers and the guidance counselor; and
    • Evidence that the student will benefit more academically and emotionally from the advanced placement than from the one based on chronological age.