Academic Acceleration & Enrichment (ACE)
What grades are eligible for academic acceleration and enrichment programming?
Academic acceleration and enrichment (ACE) programming will be available to students in third through sixth grade.
How are students identified for Academic Acceleration and Enrichment programming?
Throughout the school year, OCS employs a combination of standardized test scores (DCAS, MAP), report card grades, portfolio assessment, and teacher recommendations for selection in ACE programming.
How does Odyssey Charter School support its ACE students?
In first through sixth grades, ACE programming is provided throughout the academic day in both “push in” and “pull out” sessions. Students identified for ACE services will receive differentiated instruction in both their core and Greek Language classes to extend and deepen their understanding and expression of grade-level and above grade-level standards and learning outcomes.
Beginning in third grade, students also receive supplemental enrichment options to extend and deepen learning opportunities. These enrichment activities will occur within the regular education classroom, as well as in special enrichment class periods.
ACE students meet in in small advanced reading groups during their Language Arts block. They are also pulled from their regular classes for an additional 90 minutes per week to work on an integrated gifted curriculum that includes independent discovery projects and service learning.
In sixth grade, ACE students may participate in Honors-level English Language Arts and Math courses. These yearlong courses are co-taught by both a regular education teacher as well as our ACE teacher. OCS is establishing a chapter of the National Junior Honor Society to support middle school students’ academic achievement and co-curricular activities.
Beyond the school day, ACE students participate in such educational activities as Odyssey of the Mind, Math Olympiad, Noetic Learning Math Challenge, Scripts Spelling Bee, and Charter Challenge. Families also have the option to participate in John Hopkins’ Center for Talented Youth Talent Search for enrichment activities outside the school setting.
You may also visit the ACE blog for updates.