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Advanced and Enriched Instruction

DCPS offers rigorous enrichment programs for advanced and high-ability students. Program highlights include:

Advanced Placement (AP): AP courses offer college-level material to high school students. If students take the AP exam and pass, they may earn college credit. Every student who wants to take an AP class is welcome to.

  • At least eight AP courses are offered at each traditional high school.
  • DCPS pays for students’ AP testing fees.

DCPS Advanced Readers Extensions (DARE): A program for students Grades 2-5, DARE enables advanced readers to read above-grade level books in their classes. This curriculum is offered in more than 25 DCPS schools.

Junior Great Books: A program for students Grades K-9, Junior Great Books is a curriculum that encourages discussion, critical thinking, and helps students become better writers. Each grade level includes up to 20 short stories from a variety of noteworthy authors that represents many cultures.

Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM): SEM is a non-traditional approach to gifted education. Each middle grades SEM school has one full-time, professionally-trained enrichment resource teacher who facilitates a wide range of academic course offerings that falls largely outside of the core curriculum. SEM elementary schools have either a SEM resource teacher or a SEM committee who manage the enrichment opportunities for the students.

Contact Information

Matthew Reif, Deputy Chief, Advanced and Enriched Instruction
Felicia Messina-D'Haiti, Manager, Advanced and Enriched Instruction
Rohan Dharan, Manager, Advanced and Enriched Instruction