Center for Accelerated Studies
The Center for Accelerated Studies is a full-time gifted magnet program for students in grades 4-6 from across the district, which was created to address the unique instructional needs of students with high academic ability and/or potential. It serves about 180 students who have demonstrated high proficiency in mathematics, science, and language arts.
CAS provides the opportunity for students to move beyond the core curriculum, as they have demonstrated mastery of grade-level curriculum. Unique enrichment activities are provided that are particularly appropriate for students who learn at a more rapid pace, desire to delve deeply into curricular topics, and work as practitioners in various fields of study. The flexible and more rapid pacing in the CAS classrooms meets the needs of accelerated students. The CAS students become a close-knit group, as they have opportunities for many friendships with intellectual and social peers. The students learn to respect the differences, gifts, and achievements of peers.
Who Benefits from CAS?
Students who enjoy being challenged and learning at an accelerated pace often excel in CAS classes. Sometimes, high performing students who feel socially awkward in school have developed social skills and peer relationships not seen before. Here is one parent’s report about her child’s experience in CAS which is typical of many CAS parent responses: (CAS) has captured the interest of my child and increased her love of learning. I love that my daughter’s confidence and self-esteem have improved. She is exemplifying the “growth mindset.” The main reason I wanted her in CAS is because of the content of the academics that would be offered. So many good things have come from CAS.
Provo City School District has two CAS locations. Your student attends the CAS school based on the location of your neighborhood school.