Single Subject Acceleration

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    February 13, 2018

    Students meeting qualifying criteria in grades K‐7 can take advanced academic content in mathematics or English Language Arts through Single Subject Acceleration (SSA). This ensures opportunities for appropriate levels of academic challenge.

    Does My Child Qualify?

    SSA allows students to show mastery of content in select elementary or middle school courses. Students who prove mastery do not have to take the course and may move on to the next level.  

    Parents may nominate their child to skip a grade level of content in either English Language Arts or mathematics.

    Students are nominated for SSA by their parents or guardians. They will be assessed at their school based upon grade level. Depending on grade level and subject, this could include a multiple-choice test and/or a writing sample. Your school will have more specific information about this process once your child is nominated.

    Nominating Your Child

    We accept SSA nominations during specific times of spring semester for the following school year.  Please refer to the chart below to find which calendar your child’s school follows, then the corresponding nomination window.

    The Single Subject Acceleration nomination form is due to your child’s school before final dismissal time on the last day of the nomination window. Nomination forms will be made available March 26 via a link from this site.

    Following are the schools or school calendars followed by the nomination window:

    Wake Leadership Academies, March 26 - April 10

    Modified, April 2-13

    Traditional, April 13-26

    Year-Round Track 1, April 12-25

    Year-Round Track 2, April 9-20

    Year-Round Track 3, April 12 - May 17

    Year-Round, Track 4, May 4-17

    Barwell and Walnut Creek Elementary Schools, May 4-17


  • SSA Notes
    Students who already participate in SSA math or ELA do not have to test again.   Successful completion of their current math or ELA class will move them forward next year.  Students cannot apply for SSA in more than one area... they can choose math OR English/Language Arts, but not both.  
    There are specific nomination and testing windows based on school calendar. Nominations will be accepted for each school only during their specified nomination window.  Testing is scheduled for 1st through 5th graders according to the specified dates.  Students will be given 2 hours for testing.  Parents of Kindergarten students will be given information about when their child will be assessed after the nomination period ends as their testing must be done in smaller groups.  
    Traditional Calendar
    Nomination Window:  April 6th to April 26th  (All forms MUST be received by the end of the school day on April 26th, no later than 4pm. Late nomination forms will not be accepted.)  Testing Window May 4th-May 10th
    Pleasant Grove's Anticipated Testing Dates:  Monday May 6th to Wednesday May 8th.