Beginning in December, all second grade students are screened for possible admission to the Gifted Education Program. This initial screening consists of a non-verbal ability test. The top 35% of students are then identified for further screening using the Cognitive Abilities Test for Grade Two and the Otis Lennon Test of School Abilities along with Teacher/Parent Checklists and Reading Scores. Using a matrix and a weighted profile for selection, students are then identified for the Gifted Education Program at the close of their second grade year.
Students entering the Kankakee Junior High School are then re-identified for the Honors program. Students are evaluated on Achievement through District tests. Using a matrix and weighted profile for selection, students' scores are ranked and the final selection for the Jr. High Honors program is made.
Any student entering Kankakee High School that has demonstrated high achievement may enroll in Honors classes. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in a rigorous course of study while maintaining at least a 2.0 GPA. Students may also enter an Advanced Placement course beginning in their freshmen year.
New students entering District #111 may qualify at any time. All entering students will be evaluated and entered into the matrix and ranked with the other qualified gifted students.