Model Program

Accelerated Learning Centers

University of Connecticut
249 Glenbrook Road, Unit 2224
Storrs, CT 06269-2224
http://www.acceleratedschools.net/

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Contact Information:
Lisa Jaszcz
National Director
517.926.6000
info@acceleratedschools.net

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Prevention

Both

Strong Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Preschool
Elementary
Middle School
High School

Urban
Suburban

School Wide

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

Accelerated Learning Academies are designed to accelerate student learning through high expectations, research-based instructional strategies and community collaboration. Accelerated Learning Academies take what is usually reserved for gifted and talented children and share it with all students.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Community Collaboration, Family/Parental Involvement

Starting Date: 1986
Students Served Per Year: 500+
Last Verified: 2010

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Low achievement
  • Low educational expectations
  • Lack of effort

School factors

  • School policies and practices
  • Teacher expectations

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Involvement with positive peer activities

Competence

  • Social competencies

Creativity

  • Problem-solving skills

Optimism

  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

Unspecified

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Federal Agencies
State Agencies
Local/City/County Agencies
School Districts

Teachers
Counselors
Parents
School Administrators

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Unspecified

Unspecified

Evaluation Information:

The implementation of the Accelerated Schools philosophy and practices in schools across the United States has resulted in outcomes such as increased mastery of basic and higher order thinking skills, more innovative and effective curriculum and instructional practices, improved attitudes toward schooling and learning, increased parental involvement; and improved school climate. Starting with two pilot schools in 1986-1987, Accelerated Schools has reached over 1,600 elementary, middle, and high schools.

How evaluation data was collected:
Outside experimental studies
Data collected and analyzed at school/district level
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level

Additional Evaluation Information:
http://www.acceleratedschools.net/