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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 four 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 and represents many cultures.

Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM): SEM is a non-traditional approach to gifted and talented education. Each 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.

Contact Information

Matthew Reif, Director, Advanced and Enriched Instruction
Felicia Messina-D'Haiti, Manager, Advanced and Enriched Instruction
Stu Smither-Wulsin, Manager, Advanced and Enriched Instruction