3rd-6th Grade Ability Grouping Approach

At AGCS, we recognize that all students learn differently. We are committed to helping all students succeed. In the 2014-2015 school year, we implemented an ability grouping approach to meet the academic and behavioral needs of our 3rd-6th grade students.

The ability grouping approach allows teachers to better meet the individual needs of their students and enables them to increase the level of academic rigor. As students progress throughout the year we understand that their academic needs may change. Therefore, student groupings are not fixed, but flexible and may be adjusted over the course of a school year. The instructional team uses data such as Aims Web, MAP, and classroom-based assessments to make the most informed decision in regards to student placement.

While students are grouped homogeneously for Language Arts and Math, they will be placed in heterogeneous classes for Science/Core Knowledge and Writing. The implementation of both homogeneous and heterogeneous classes provides a balanced blend of individualized, targeted instruction and exposure to students with differing learning profiles.

As a result of the new classroom structure, students will see multiple teachers over the course of the school day. Switching classes throughout the day has many benefits:

  • Natural movement is embedded into the school day
  • There is an emphasis on organization and structure
  • Students have the opportunity to learn from multiple teaching styles

It is important to note that the the ability grouping approach will not compromise the workshop format and differentiated instruction that has made our teaching style so successful.

The Avon Grove Charter School believes in providing the highest quality of education for every student. We are confident the grouping approach will increase the academic success of all of our students.

Thank you for your support! You're welcome to contact Mrs. Jennifer Weaver, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, at jweaver@agcharter.org if you have any questions.