Centers for Advanced Study (CAS)CAS courses are high-level, accelerated courses that follow the Purdue Three-Stage model and create opportunities for student-led inquiry, deep investigation of interest-based topics, and collaborative long-term projects. CAS courses are awarded an additional .5 weight to account for the added rigor that is infused into the curriculum. All CAS students are supported by a school-based CAS facilitator who acts a a mentor and manages a student's Gifted Individualized Education Plan (GIEP). Please see below for CAS Facilitator contact information.The CAS program provides for enriched and specially designed instruction in the following ways:
- An inquiry/problem solving approach to learning
- Advanced media and computer technology support
- Externships, apprenticeships, academic competitions, and independent studies
- Individually-designed Long Term Projects supported by teacher, community and/or university mentors
- Program facilitator(s) at each site
The Gifted and Talented Model
The Centers for Advanced Studies (CAS) program includes enriched and accelerated courses for gifted and academically talented students. The CAS enriched core curricula include two- four-year sequences in English, Mathematics, Science, and World Languages. Access to accelerated courses begin freshmen year with AP offered all four years for the Social Studies courses.
The CAS application process will open Monday, December 7, 2020 and close Friday, February 5, 2021. The district is evaluating the criteria for the CAS application given the current circumstances due to COVID-19. Please encourage your student to:
- maintain a “B” or higher in all core subject areas (English, Math, Science, Social Studies, World Language)
- maintain an overall G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher
- maintain 90% or higher attendance engage and participate in class
CAS Summer Reading
Please click here to download the CAS Summer Reading Requirement. The CAS Summer Reading provides students the opportunity to select a book of interest aligned to one of their units of study for the upcoming school year. Unlike traditional summer reading lists, which consist of reading a book and providing a written paper, CAS students will create a project and mini-research paper to present to their peers. Please review the guidelines, expectations, and due dates for the CAS Summer Reading. The product and first draft of your writing piece is due Friday, September 20, 2021.
PPS CAS Application Process
PPS students no longer will submit a CAS application. CAS eligible students with at least a 3.0 GPA and 85% attendance will receive a letter in February. Students with a GPA of 2.75 – 2.99 will receive a letter as well. Only PPS students with a GPA of 2.75 – 2.99 must submit a teacher recommendation. Standardized test score will not be included in the process.
PPS 8th grade eligible CAS students do not need to apply for courses. The student will be enrolled in the CAS courses they have at least a “B”. To enroll in a CAS math course the student must currently be enrolled in at least Algebra I. Parents/Guardians can opt their student out of a specific CAS course or all CAS courses by contacting their student’s counselor/social-worker by March 1, 2021.
High school CAS eligible students will enroll with their counselor during the school’s course scheduling period. The student does not have to complete an application. The student will select the CAS course(s) of interest in the subject area(s) the student at least has a “B”.
Non-PPS Student CAS Application Process
Non-PPS students must complete the CAS application and submit teacher recommendations for the subject area(s) the student has an interest to take a CAS course. Standardized test score will not be included in the process. The deadline to submit the CAS application and teacher recommendations is Friday, February 5, 2021. Please click the link below to submit a CAS application and please provide your student’s teacher a link to this webpage to complete the Teacher Recommendation.
CAS Facilitator Contact Information
Isabel De Valdivia
Courtney Stitt Fischer
Janelle Price *Coordinator
Milliones University Prep
Due to specialized programming, Sci-Tech does not offer CAS courses.
However, please contact Casey Reynolds for information pertaining to Gifted programming.