For students participating in the A/E Program, Geneva currently has a daily accelerated reading program beginning in grade three and continuing through grade five. A daily accelerated math program is available in grades four and five. At the middle school level, A/E students take accelerated math or language arts or both. At the high school level, honors and AP courses are available to meet student's academic needs, while the Expanding Your Horizons Program helps to foster self-esteem and success for the high school A/E student.
English Language Learners
The English Language Learner (ELL) program in the Geneva school district is designed to help second-language learner students transition effectively into an all-English academic program of instruction. Our ELL curriculum uses only English as the language of instruction, and teachers work with students who have been identified to have limited English abilities. The program’s goal is to increase students’ skills in the four areas of language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Another goal of our ELL program is to provide support and information for parents of our second-language learner population. Most students receive “pull-out services,” in which the ELL teacher takes children out of the regular classroom and works with them individually or in small groups for one period a day. Some students receive “push-in services.” With this type of service, the ELL teacher remains in the regular classroom to provide assistance. ELL students are tested annually using a state-wide language assessment exam, and exit the program when scores in all four areas of language acquisition are sufficient for the student to meet with success without language support.
Reading Intervention and Support
Response to Intervention, or RTI, is an early intervention system that provides supports to students who struggle academically or behaviorally. By providing a strong core curriculum as well as research-based interventions to student who need them, the goal of success for all students can more readily be attained.