Student Support Services

The Student Support Services in Gower include many programs and services such as Section 504, Special Education, English Learner, and Response to Intervention.

Our programs are built to support students to ensure that each of our children are ‘at their best!’.  Our goal is to meet the needs of each individual student on a case by case basis and work with parents to foster a positive home-school partnership.
There is an overview page provided below for additional information as well as any supporting documents.  If you have any questions, please reach out to:
Rebecca Laratta, Ed.S.
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Student Support Services
Gina Rodewald, Principal of Gower West 
Tracy Murphy, Principal of Gower Middle
Accelerated Placement & Accelerated Track Program
Accelerated Placement (Policy 6:135)

The District provides an Accelerated Placement Program (APP), which advances the District’s goal of providing educational programs with opportunities for each student to develop his or her maximum potential. APP options include, but are not limited to a) accelerating a student in a single subject, b) other grade level acceleration; and c) early entrance to kindergarten or first grade. This program involves a fair and equitable decision-making process, a parent notification process, and assessment processes that include multiple valid, reliable indicators. If you have any questions, please contact the building principal.

Accelerated Track (AT) and Enrichment Programs

Enrichment is provided to all students in grades kindergarten, 1, and 2. The Academically Talented teacher “pushes-in” to all kindergarten, first, and second grade classrooms and works with the classroom teacher to provide additional enrichment learning opportunities in Math, English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science. Programs for high ability learners are available to students in grades 3-8 through the Accelerated Track (AT) Program. Students in grades 3-8 are formally identified and served by a pullout program in:

  • Grades 3-4 English Language Arts and/or Mathematics
  • Grades 5-8 English Language Arts and/or Mathematics

Eligibility for the AT Program in grades 3-8 is determined using: the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP), writing prompts for English Language Arts and math extended response or performance tasks. The rubrics used to determine eligibility for AT English Language Arts and AT Math are posted on the District website. Once a student qualifies for the AT Program, he/she remains in the program through 8th grade, unless academic performance suggests that continued placement is inappropriate. In fairness to all students, the District does not utilize outside testing results as part of its process for qualifying students for the program. Students new to Gower must meet the qualifying criteria for the AT Program.  Students
enrolled prior to December 1 will be evaluated for placement during the current school year. After December 1, new students who qualify for the AT Program enter in the fall
of the next school year.

AT Qualifying Rubric:  Reading/Language Arts and Literature

Eligibility for the AT English Language Arts program is based on student performance on the CogAT Verbal Reasoning test, MAP RIT scores in Reading, and a classroom writing prompt. Points are awarded based upon student test performance.  A score of 10, using any combination of points, is required to qualify for AT.

AT Qualifying Rubric:  Mathematics
Eligibility for the AT Math program is based on student performance on the CogAT Quantitative test, the MAP RIT score in math, and a classroom extended response/performance task.  A score of 10, using any combination of points, is required to qualify for AT.  The AT Math program accelerates students one year. Students will complete Geometry in 8th grade. High achieving math students who do not qualify for AT Math may qualify for High Math beginning in 5th grade. This program accelerates students, resulting in completion of Algebra I in 8th grade.

AT Eligibility Appeal Process
Gower believes that AT services are important to the intellectual and emotional development of qualified students.  A parent, teacher, or student may appeal an eligibility decision by contacting Assistant Superintendent Rebecca Laratta at 630-986-5383 to initiate an appeal.


The Accelerated Track (AT) Program folder below contains more detailed information.

Response to Intervention

English Learner program 

Social Emotional Learning Standards