High Ability Learners

Millard’s High Ability Learner program, also known as HAL, is designed to meet the needs of students who are identified as high ability learners. High ability learners differ markedly form their peers in abilities, interests, and psychological maturity. They give evidence of high performance capabilities in areas of intellectual capacity and/or specific academic disciplines.

The goal of the HAL program are to provide appropriately challenging educational experiences that will encourage students to learn, to challenge themselves, and to contribute positively to society. The program is designed for the development of a healthy self-concept, an understanding of human diversity, and the life skills necessary for personal success and responsible living.

The HAL Philosophy is that in the continuing pursuit of educational excellence, the Millard Public Schools will recognize and develop the unique talents and diverse qualities of students with high academic, intellectual, creative, and/or artistic ability so that each child will be challenged to achieve his or her full potential. This will be accomplished through a partnership of students, home, school and community, clearly defined criteria for identification and curriculum development and measurable standards of student performance, and broad-based and diverse educational opportunities.

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Qualifications & Experiences

Millard students in the 3rd through 8th grades can qualify for HAL in Language Arts, Mathematics, Visual/Spatial and Music. Students qualify in the following ways:

  • Elementary Experience: Informal screenings KG-2; Qualifying Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) scores in 2nd-5th grade

  • Middle School Experience: Qualifying Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) scores in 6th-8th grade

  • High School Experience: Advanced Placement® & International Baccalaureate® options

  • Music:  Students are selected by each building to participate in 4th & 5th grade district choir and Orff Orchestra (movement and music) in 5th grade.

K-8 HAL Facilitators and High School Advanced Placement® & International Baccalaureate® teachers are in contact with parents/guardians regarding student performance throughout the school year. Questions?  Please contact your students building HAL Facilitator or Advanced Placement & International Baccalaureate teacher.