Advanced Learning Plans

An Advanced Learning Plan or ALP is a written record of gifted and talented programming utilized with each gifted child and considered in educational planning and decision making. Advanced Learning Plans are written for identified gifted students. Please see this Overview of PSD Advanced Learning Plans.

The ALP is:

  • A strength-based planning guide for curriculum, instruction, and assessment and social-emotional development.
  • A record of results and programming options implemented for goal and school success.
  • An accountability record showing short term and long term collaborative efforts.
  • A dynamic, working document developed and reviewed through collaborative efforts of the teacher/s, parents and students.
  • Based on standards.

ALPs address at least one of these areas:

  • Advanced Academic Performance and Achievement
  • Independent Learning and Research
  • Post-Secondary Readiness and Career Exploration
  • Social and Emotional Needs/Affective Guidance

Schools support goals by offering programming options and services targeted for gifted learner needs.

ALP communication:

  • By September 15 - Parents should receive communication about the ALP process, the timeline for writing and implementing ALPs at the school.
  • By Winter Break - All parents of identified gifted learners will receive a final copy of the ALP. 


Educator, Parent, and Student Collaboration: Students are included in the goal-writing process in ALPs. Parents can either be part of the goal-writing process or have an opportunity to provide feedback after the goal is written.

    Monitoring: Goals are monitored through ongoing assessment and parent-teacher conferences.