The ACAT (Alternative Classrooms for the Academically Talented)
Elementary-aged students who have outstanding academic achievement and ability may benefit from a specialized academic program. Livonia Public Schools has a program dedicated to providing gifted and talented students a nurturing, differentiated, rigorous, and enriched curriculum. Students have opportunities for essential interaction between children with like abilities, interests, and talents. The program is called ACAT (Alternative Classrooms for the Academically Talented) and is housed in Webster School, 32401 Pembroke, Livonia 48152.
Contact David Zyczynski, ACAT Teacher Facilitator with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Livonia Public Schools Limited Schools of Choice Application: ACAT 2022-23
The Webster ACAT Schools of Choice application for the 2022-2023 school year is now closed. The ACAT program will once again consider students from outside of the Livonia Public Schools in the Spring of 2023 for entry into the program for the 2023-2024 school year. Contact David Zyczynski, the ACAT Teacher Facilitator with questions.
In order to be eligible for the Livonia Public Schools Limited Schools of Choice process, students must meet all program eligibility criteria, including demonstrating high achievement in math and reading, as well as an advanced ability level.
Applicants who have other students residing in the same household currently enrolled in LPS under 105/105c Schools of Choice will be given preference.
Parents/Guardians are responsible for the timely transportation of students to and from school on a daily basis.
In accordance with the Pupil Accounting Manual, Livonia Public Schools may disallow the enrollment of a student who receives special services and resides outside of the Wayne County Intermediate School District if a mutual agreement cannot be reached with the student’s home district/ISD related to responsibility for added costs.
Webster Alternative Classrooms for Academically Talented (ACAT) Program – Parent Meeting
Thursday, December 9, 2021 from 6:30-7:30 pm
Webster Elementary ACAT program serves the academic and social-emotional needs of gifted and talented students in grades 1-6 in our community. Join us to learn if this program might meet the needs of your student. We accept applications to consider students who are currently in kindergarten through 4th grade. You will learn about our application and selection process, our philosophy, and our curriculum. Webster principal Mrs. Lora Boka and ACAT teacher facilitator Mr. David Zyczynski will be present to provide information and answer your questions.LPS Student Application: The 2022-2023 ACAT application for those who live within LPS boundaries or attend an LPS school was open from 11/29/2021 until 02/07/2022. If you missed this application period please contact the ACAT Teacher Facilitator David Zyczynski.
Frequently Asked Questions about the ACAT Program
Who can be considered for the ACAT program?
Any student currently in grades Kindergarten - 4 who lives within LPS district boundaries or is already attending school in LPS through the Schools of Choice program.Can students who live outside of the Livonia Public Schools boundary area attend the ACAT program?Yes. Each spring, students who live outside of LPS are considered through the Michigan Schools of Choice process. Specific information for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year will be made available during the first week of April, 2022.
Does my child need to be nominated by their current teacher?
No. This is not a requirement to apply to the ACAT program.
How are students identified to attend the ACAT program?
Numerous factors are considered when determining who would be best served by attending the ACAT program. Students who demonstrate advanced mathematical and reading skills based on i-Ready results are invited to interact with the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). During CogAT testing parents/guardians and the current classroom teacher are asked to complete a student inventory. Finally, a group of Webster Elementary staff works to identify individuals who would benefit from the ACAT program.
Is my child eligible for bussing to Webster Elementary?
Yes. All students who live within Livonia Public Schools boundaries are eligible to take the bus to Webster Elementary.
When do new students start in the ACAT program?
Eligible students start at the beginning of the next school year.
ACAT IMPORTANT DATES:
- November 29th, 2021: the 2022-2023 school year application opens for students who live within LPS district boundaries or who already attend LPS through Schools of Choice. New, Schools of Choice applications for entry into the ACAT program at the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year will become available during the first week of April, 2022. Applications will be available online on the LPS and Webster websites.
- December 9th, 2021: a virtual ACAT informational meeting will be held from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. All LPS district and non-district families are welcome. [Meeting Link]
- January - March, 2022: CogAT assessment by appointment at Webster Elementary.
- February 4th, 2022: application deadline.
- April, 2022: families are informed of their child’s status for the 2022-2023 school year.
- April 4th, 2022: Schools of Choice information available for those who live outside of the LPS district.