SAIL now comprises nearly a quarter of West’s enrollment

       West Middle School's SAIL program is growing. From its inception seven years ago, the District 11 program for gifted students has reached 100 students this year - close to a fourth of the school's total enrollment of about 410.
       The goal for 2006-07 is to expand even more, according to Beth Busby, the district's coordinator for SAIL (which stands for Student-Centered Academic Interdisciplinary Lab). Because of a high number of sixth-graders this year, two sections had to be created. The anticipation is that such interest will continue next year, requiring two sections in both sixth and seventh grades. And, with a few more signups, there could be two sections in eighth grade as well, Busby said.
       The original Feb. 17 deadline for parents to apply for SAIL for their children has been extended to March 10, she added.
       The program has grown from 65 students four years ago, Busby said.
       Asked what has spurred the growth, she said students like that it's “experiential and lab oriented… Kids enjoy getting into projects.”
       There's also an acceleration aspect, in reading/writing as well as math areas, she said.
       For more information, call West at 328-3900.

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