Advanced Learning Opportunities (ALO)

Coe Elementary has a large number of students who test and qualify for Advanced Learning or Highly Capable services each year, with the vast majority of those students choosing to remain at Coe. To meet the needs of these students, the staff at Coe is committed to an Advanced Learning Opportunities (ALO) program which reinforces their current differentiated teaching model. Throughout Coe classrooms the needs of the high achievers are intentionally identified and met through the design of instruction, which includes rigor and challenge. Classroom teachers provide differential learning opportunities in all areas.

In addition to the focus on differentiated instruction, Coe offers two programs aimed at advanced learners:

Coe’s ALO literacy program provides additional challenge in the areas of reading, writing, research and communication in a small group setting outside of the regular classroom. Students meet with their academic peers on a weekly basis to work toward mastery of literacy standards beyond their current grade level. Working both independently and collaboratively, students will strengthen their reading and writing muscles with a variety of activities, including tackling complex text, conducting research, engaging in discussion, writing and presenting to an audience.

Coe’s Advanced math program includes daily pull-out, year ahead classes in grades 1 and 2. Advanced math classes are held at the same time as the regular classroom math period. In grades 3-5 students participate in the “Walk to Math” model. Qualified students walk to a classroom to be taught 4th, 5thand 6thgrade math curriculums, respectively. One day a week is spent on Advanced Topics in Problem Solving: in third grade the class explores serious research topics in number theory while strengthening basic math skills. Students also been known to play math games that challenge their powers of logic and deduction. In fourth grade

students work with many higher level topics - for example: pi, the Pythagorean Theorem, square roots, sigma notation, factoring and more. In fifth grade students explore divisibility, modular arithmetic, alternate base theory, number system properties, advanced fractions, trigonometry and more.

As part of its Advanced Learning program, Coe also has the following after school enrichment opportunities: Coe’s Math Club, Debate Club, Robotics Club, and World Languages programs. Coe’s Math Olympiad team meets weekly. Math Olympiad highlights more complex problem-solving techniques and features periodic tests given nation-wide.

Coe students who participate in the Advanced Learning program are district identified through district testing and are designated as “Spectrum/Advanced Learner” or “Highly Capable”. Coe’s staff will continuously assess the Advanced Learning Option program. In addition, as the Seattle School District’s math and literacy standards change or are updated, the Advanced Learning teaching staff will identify the best ways to update its curricula to adapt to the new standards. 

District Advanced Learning website:

For information on the specific application process for Advanced Learning and the necessary forms, please click here.

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