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Whole Grade Acceleration

For Grades 1-8

Whole grade acceleration is the practice of assigning a student full-time to a higher grade level than is typical, given the student’s age, in order to meet the high-achieving or gifted student’s unique needs. Whole grade acceleration is rare, and many factors are considered when evaluating whether a child is a good candidate.


  • After completing the first grade, a student is placed in a third-grade classroom (rather than second grade) on a full-time basis at the beginning of the next school year.
  • After completing the fall semester of the fifth-grade year, a student is placed in the sixth grade at the start of the second semester of the same school year.

FAQ about Whole Grade Acceleration

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Julie Gann
GT coordinator
(859) 381-4727