Course Types: Advanced Enrichment & Acceleration

The Learnatory offers a variety of Advanced Enrichment and Accelerated courses, allowing students to master content above and beyond what is traditionally offered at their grade level. This variation in course types allows students to develop their talents to the fullest and to have fun, engaging learning experiences in environments best suited to their current needs and learning goals. Following are descriptions of the course types and the different eligibility requirements or tiers, which are all represented with a unique color.

Advanced Enrichment Courses

The Learnatory offers three types of Advanced Enrichment courses, in a variety of subject areas, each with different eligibility requirements. Some courses require students to have completed prerequisites in order to qualify for admission. Any prerequisites are listed at the beginning of the course description. Students must submit proof of prerequisites (e.g., transcripts, report card, etc.) in order to be considered for course enrollment.



Emerald Tier | Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment courses are for learners who want to explore non-core academic subjects. These courses encourage students to think creatively and learn to problem-solve. They are an introduction to the The Learnatory learning environment. 

Emerald Tier Advanced Enrichment courses give students opportunities to focus on specific areas of study within a community of like-minded peers. Students delve deep into topics and fields which are not typically a part of the core curriculum at school. Courses place greater emphasis on higher-order thinking, facilitate creativity, and provide exposure to advanced concepts in developmentally appropriate ways. 

Eligibility:


45th percentile or above on The Learnatory Admissions Tests and Assessments.  Grade point average of at least "C-"  (1.75/4.0 scale) on the current or previous semester or trimester of the last report card.


See individual course descriptions for qualifying subject areas and any prerequisites. 




Aqua Tier

Aqua Tier Advanced Enrichment courses offer the same type of content as Emerald Tier Enrichment courses, but present considerably more content in a compacted time frame. Instruction is faster paced, which many advanced learners need and want. For example, a course may teach content typically presented over nine or more weeks in only three weeks. 


Students receive grades and a Certificate for successful completion of a course.

Eligibility:

65th percentile or above on The Learnatory Admissions Tests and Assessments.  Grade point average of at least "C+"  (2.5/4.0 scale) on the current or previous semester or trimester of the last report card.


See individual course descriptions for qualifying subject areas and any prerequisites. 

Students must submit proof of prerequisites (e.g. transcripts, report card, etc.) in order to be considered for course enrollment.




Sapphire Tier

Sapphire Tier Accelerated courses provide rigorous content to students, earlier than typically introduced in most schools. Courses range from traditional subjects to more specialized elective topics, introducing students to potential college majors and career paths. Students in Accelerated, courses receive grades and a Certificate for successful completion of a course.

Eligibility:

65th percentile or above on The Learnatory Admissions Tests and Assessments.  Grade point average of at least "C+" (2.75/4.0 scale) on the current or previous semester or trimester of the last report card.

See individual course descriptions for qualifying subject areas and any prerequisites. 

Students must submit proof of prerequisites (e.g. transcripts, report card, etc.) in order to be considered for course enrollment.



Other Test Score Eligibility Questions & Answers


What if my student's test scores don’t meet the eligibility requirements? 

Applicants may submit an Admission Portfolio (some exceptions apply, see specific program pages for details). A portfolio should include, but is not limited to, the following items: 

  • Most recent report card or transcript 
  • Teacher recommendation
  • Outside test scores, if available


What if English is not my child’s first language?
Because courses are taught in English, test scores are used to assess proficiency and assist in course placement. 


Questions about program enrollment? Contact Register@thelearnatory.org

TEST SCORES

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Students Grades 3 through 5

Students in Grades 3 through 5 take The Learnatory Assessment Exams.  These standardized tools assess skills in Mathematics, Reading, and Spelling.  They are assigned an Eligibility Level in each area as determined by the exam results.  


Emerald Level

Scores in Mathematics, Reading, or Spelling fall below the student's current grade level by one year or more.  May only take Emerald level courses.

Aqua Level

Scores in Mathematics, Reading, or Spelling are at grade level or within six months above grade level.  May take Emerald and Aqua level courses

Sapphire Level

Scores in Mathematics, Reading, or Spelling are seven months or higher above the current grade level.  May take Emerald, Aqua, and Sapphire level courses.

Eligibility

Test Scores and Program Eligibility

Understanding a student’s academic potential and current level of achievement is an important step in choosing an appropriate course, so The Learnatory uses test scores as part of the application process. However, most courses have a portfolio option for students who do not have test scores or whose scores do not meet stated criteria. 

If a student is applying using test scores, program staff reserves the right to request additional information to make an admissions decision. 

Students grades 6 through 10


Students in Grades 6 through 10 take The Learnatory Assessment Exams.  These standardized tools assess skills in Mathematics, Reading, and Spelling.  They are assigned an Eligibility Level in each area as determined by the exam results.  

Emerald Level 
Scores in Mathematics, Reading, or Spelling fall below the student's current grade level by one year or more.  May only take Emerald level courses.


Aqua Level
Scores in Mathematics, Reading, or Spelling are at grade level or within six months above grade level.  May take Emerald and Aqua level courses


Sapphire Level
Scores in Mathematics, Reading, or Spelling are seven months or higher above the current grade level.  May take Emerald, Aqua, and Sapphire level courses.


Students are given a Multiple Intelligence Inventory to identify strengths and talents.  The MAPP inventory is administered to highlight possible career interests.  The College Selection tool identifies possible best fits based upon the students preferences and interests.


This data is collected and presented to parents in a Personalized Educational Program designed to give students an parents a comprehensive look at current academic skill levels, diagnose gaps and strengths in core areas, identify interests, make projections about future courses and schools, as well as contribute to an in-depth look at  possible requirements and recommendations that may influence both short-term and long-term educational goals and objectives.


This information is used to guide selection of Learnatory courses.


Assessments are administered once annually.


Students may register for Learnatory courses based upon scores and grades submitted from their schools.  However, all students are administered the Assessments on the first day of classes and results are used to guide future class enrollments.


Learnatory Assessments are based upon the content and formatting of Learnatory courses and, at the discretion of The Learnatory Administration, take precedent over scores from outside sources.