Catharine Blaine Specific ALO Guide
What are ALOs?
ALOs are grades 1-8 District-supported programs that
serve the needs of academically highly gifted/gifted students AND
teacher-identified students who demonstrate skills and readiness for
participation in an accelerated, rigorous, and enriched curriculum.
Service delivery is typically through an inclusive approach with an
emphasis on differentiated instruction and flexible grouping.
Within heterogeneous, inclusive learning groups and settings, ALOs
provide an enriched, differentiated, accelerated and rigorous
standards-based curriculum that presents learning at a pace, depth, and
intensity that meets students' intellectual needs and motivational
levels. ALO programs make available accelerated and enriched learning
opportunities to students at the site who are academically ready and
have the motivation for this extended curricular challenge. ALOs foster
development of communication, thinking, and learning skills, as well as
ALOs provide a systematic and formalized way for identifying and
addressing the learning needs of students who require differentiation
and enrichment of the general education curriculum.
The program is guided by four principles:
- Provide a rigorous curriculum.
- Accelerate reading and mathematics curriculum as appropriate.
- Provide differentiated instruction within heterogeneous, inclusive learning groups and settings.
- Provide instruction by teachers familiar with the needs of advanced learners.
Whom does the program serve?
ALOs serve two primary student groups: (a)
district-identified students who are academically highly gifted/gifted,
and (b) teacher-identified students who demonstrate skills and readiness
for participation in an accelerated and rigorous curriculum that is
based on Spectrum curricular guidelines.
Students participating in an ALO program are expected to (a) demonstrate
mastery of grade level GLEs in all areas and (b) work toward mastery of
GLEs beyond grade level in reading and mathematics (typically, one
grades or more above current grade assignment in reading and mathematics
following Spectrum guidelines).
For more information, please visit the Seattle School District ALO page