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Benton Schools are committed to seeing all students succeed. We are committed to providing our students opportunity to develop to their full potential. This commitment includes providing an educational program that recognizes the unique value, needs, and talents of each individual student.

Although students will normally progress annually from grade to grade, in a few cases, it may be appropriate to consider grade level acceleration in kindergarten through eighth grade. Acceleration would allow students to complete the standard K-12 program in fewer than thirteen year. If this course of action is considered, a thorough evaluation of the needs and abilities of the individual student must be completed by a child study team before a final decision is made. If after gathering all the data, there appears to be sufficient evidence that a change should be made in the student’s grade placement, a plan for acceleration must be developed. This plan will help to facilitate a smooth transition and to assure that curriculum goals are not skipped but rather compacted into a reduced time period.

If you feel your student would be a candidate for grade level acceleration, please email the Gifted and Talented Coordinator at the address below.

kchumley@bentonschools.org