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 Special Programs

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Maria ​​​Montessori (Pre-K-8)
Waitlists are maintained for Pre-K and 1st grade, as​ long as there are lottery students on the waitlist. An interest list is maintained for students in grade 2 through 8. The list is reviewed when a seat is available.

When a seat becomes available for a student in grades 1-8, principals at Montessori determine who will be offered the seat.  A child who had previous Montessori experience will be offered the seat first. If there is an available seat, but no student on the interest list has previous Montessori experience, the principal will​ review the list based on siblings already in the Montessori program. Then the principal will contact and interview the parents of the children on the waitlist to see if Montessori would be a good fit for the student.

Interest forms for children entering grades 1-8, will only be kept on file for one year. Parents who would like their child's name to remain on the interest list, need to complete a new interest form every year. 

To check status of 2017-2018 Pre-K through 8th grade Lottery/Interest lists, please click on the link below:

Two-Way Language Immersion at Barbour (K-8)​​

Parents must fill out an interest form for their child to be eligible for testing into this program. Interest forms are available at the Welcome Center. When a seat becomes available, a parent will be contacted from the order indicated on the interest list. The parent will be asked to bring the child to the Welcome Center for the Barbour Language Assessment. If the student's test results meet the entry criteria, he/she will then be assigned to ​Two-Way Language Immersion at Barbour​.​

Each parent on the interest list will receive a letter in the mail indicating their child's unique identifier. A child's placement on the list can be viewed by clicking this link: ​

​Gifted Academy at Thurgood Marshall Elementary (grades 1-4) and Thurgood Marshall School (grades 5-8)

Thurgood Marshall Elementary and Thurgood Marshall School provide a challenging education for students who test into our Gifted Academy. We believe that students with high abilities will successfully attain their academic potential through a specialized educational program using demonstrated best practices in gifted education. We accelerate skills and infuse cre​ative, analytical thinking into core subject areas. We strive to maintain a positive atmosphere where students develop confidence, responsibility and integrity and are not reluctant to show they are bright and talented. If you are interested in getting your child assessed for the gifted program, please contact Diana Alt at 815-966-3056.​

​S.T.E.A.M. Academy at Haskell Elementary School(K-5)

The STEAM Academy at Hask​ell is a K-5 special program that integrates science and technology, interpreted through engineering and the arts, all based in mathematical elements. The program creates a student-driven learning environment which fosters inquiry, problem-solving, innovation and a growth mindset. During the 2017-2018 school year, students will focus on a new, integrated science curriculum to keep them active and engaged.​ We welcome students from all over the district who are interested in a STEAM education. Students from any zone may fill out an interest form at the Welcom​e Center. ​​Limited seats are still available, with wait lists at some grade levels. ​The program operates on an alternative calendar, and has several additional, optional, enrichment days.

​If you have further questions, please contact:

Ms. Loree Leathers, STEAM Academy Principal

Dr. Heather Psaltis, Director of Special Programs​​​

CAPA - Creative and Performing Arts (grades 6 - 12)
In order to enter the CAPA program, students must audition in one of the four disciplines offered in the CAPA program. The CAPA teachers judging the auditions will base their selection on the artistic ability/abilities of the student. Students must submit an application and audition during the designated audition window. Details are available on the 
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CAPA page.​​


Entrance Criteria for Intra-District Transfer to EHS Special Programs
1. There must be ​greater than 5% seat availability in special programs in the entry level courses, Sign Language I and/or Introduction to Industrial Technology and/or Engineering I based on the total number of sections being offered.
2. Student may only transfer into Sign Language I and/or Introduction to Industrial Technology and/or Engineering I at the start of their freshman year.
3. A request for a special transfer must be submitted through the Welcome Center by May 31 prior to entering high school as a freshman.

Auburn JROTC
Please click here to access enrollment requirements, disenrollment and inter-district transfer requests information.

​​Industrial Technology at Jefferson High School
Entrance Criteria for Intra-District Transfer to JHS Industrial; Technology Program
1. There must be seat availability in special programs in the entry level courses, Introduction to Industrial Technology based on the total number of sections being offered.
2. Student may only transfer into the Industrial Technology Program at the start of their freshman year.
3. A request for a special transfer must be submitted through the Welcome​ Center by May 31 prior to entering high school as a freshman.

​Athletic Transfers
​To the extent the Athletic Director determine​s that the motive for a high school student's transfer into a special program is to participate in a particular sports program, the student shall not be eligible to participate in such sports program. An ineligibility determination may continue across school years and through the duration that the student does not reside in the zone.

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