Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools provides a high-quality education for students in grades E-12. Our district is known for its E-STEM curriculum, which stands for Environmental Education, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

ATLAS Selection Process

HOW DO STUDENTS HEAR ABOUT ATLAS?

  • Every year in April, current 8th grade ATLAS students go to all 6th grade PrimeTimes to talk about the ATLAS program and how it can be helpful for students who are not finding success in the larger classroom setting.
  • Interested students are given a parent/student referral packet with a due date of early May.
  • Referral packets are turned into the Twin Oaks guidance office. All packets need to be completely filled out with accurate information. Referral packets can be found on the left navigation.

HOW ARE ATLAS STUDENTS SELECTED?

  • A majority of students do self-refer. However, if there is a student who has been identified by teachers, we will pursue those families to see if there is an interest.
  • Once our ATLAS referrals have been collected, we compile the following information for review: current grades, teacher reports, behavior infractions, the student’s cumulative schooling file, attendance reports and medical/diagnosis information.
  • Students are also assessed based on academic interventions. We have found that students that are more than one grade level behind do not find success in the ATLAS program, as there is no remedial education built into ATLAS instruction.
  • Student interviews are completed to assess interest, compatibility with peers and academic/ emotional need. There are times that a student’s academic needs require greater support than ATLAS can offer. If this is found to be true, a referral for special education testing may be made as a better option for your student’s overall long term success.
  • A final list is compiled and letters are sent home mid-May.
  • A mandatory parent/student meeting takes place before the end of the school year to discuss ATLAS program details.

IF YOUR STUDENT IS NOT SELECTED FOR THE ATLAS PROGRAM

There could be a variety of different reasons as to why your student was not selected for the ATLAS program. A common reason is that other students presented with overall greater needs and/or compatibility with the collective whole (boys vs. girls, personalities, learning styles, family involvement). That being said, the guidance department will maintain close contact with all students that applied to ensure that academic, social and/or emotional struggles are addressed.

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