Appeals Process

  • Naperville Community Unit School District 203 uses multiple criteria to determine whether placement in academically talented and gifted services would be appropriate. No one criterion, on its own, provides a conclusive decision as to whether or not a student should be placed into these services. Rather, the criteria, taken together, provide a holistic picture of a student and are used collectively to determine if placement would be appropriate. Each year, student performance and progress are monitored, and all students are given an opportunity to be screened for placement into academically talented and gifted services. Therefore, it is possible that your child may be eligible for services in the future even if placement is not appropriate at this time. 

    When is the appeals process appropriate?

    In some instances, a student, who is not eligible for further testing or for services, may exhibit evidence that demonstrates placement in academically talented or gifted services may be appropriate. Under these circumstances, school personnel, parents/guardians, or the student can initiate the appeals process delineated below. 

    What are the steps of the appeals process?

    1. The individual initiating the appeal submits the appropriate appeals request to Learning Services. Individuals should not solicit others to appeal on behalf of the student. The appeals request forms are available below.
      • Submit the appeals request via email to or via mail to Learning Services, Attn: Appeals Committee, 203 W. Hillside Road, Naperville, IL 60540.
      • Deadlines for appeals are listed on the appeals request forms. Late appeals requests will not be accepted.
    1. The student’s parent/guardian(s), teacher(s), and school counselor (at the junior high level) will be informed that the appeals request has been received and that the appeals process has been initiated.
    2. The Appeals Committee, consisting of a team of district professionals, will review information submitted with the appeals request along with relevant past and present assessment data and academic performance. The committee will come to consensus in making a decision.
    3. The Appeals Committee will communicate the decision regarding the appeal to the following:
      • The administration at the student’s school
      • The parent/guardian of the student  

    What are the potential outcomes?

    The Appeals Committee will come to consensus in order to make one of the following possible decisions:

    • The student is eligible for further testing.
    • The student’s current placement is appropriate.
    • The student is granted provisional placement for the first year in the program. Placement will be reviewed at the end of each trimester.

    The committee’s decision is final for all placement appeals for the school year. 

    What information is requested?

    A rationale for the appeal should be provided on the appeals request form. Additionally, as an option, one artifact that represents the student’s academic ability in the area of appeal can be submitted. Appropriate artifacts to support the rationale and the content area and may include but are not limited to documentation of outside work, an award/recognition from an outside activity, or a letter of support from a coach of activity leader. Please note that it is not necessary to submit copies of past and present assessment data and/or report cards that are part of the student’s record within the district. 


     No appeals requests are being accepted at this time.

    Please see Identification and Placement for the current timeline.

    Please return the appeals request and optional artifact
    via email to Gifted and Talented Services,
    or by mail to Learning Services, Attn: Appeals Committee, 203 W. Hillside Road, Naperville, IL 60540.