Appeals Process

  • Naperville Community Unit School District 203 uses multiple criteria in the identification and placement process for academically talented and gifted services. The criteria are used together to determine if placement in Honors Math (HM), Project IDEA (PI), or Project IDEA Plus (PI+) would be appropriate. Each school 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, your child may be eligible for services in the future even if placement in HM, PI, or PI+ is not appropriate at this time. 

    When is the appeals process appropriate?

    In some instances, a student may demonstrate that placement in academically talented or gifted services (i.e., Honors Math, Project IDEA, or Project IDEA Plus) may be appropriate. In other instances, students may have an extenuating circumstance beyond the matrices that may suggest that placement in these services is appropriate. Under these circumstances, parents/guardians, school personnel, the student, or another individual can initiate the appeals process.


    What are the steps of the appeals process?

    1. An individual (e.g., parents/guardians, school personnel, the student) submits the appropriate appeals request form to Learning Services by the due date. The appeals request form is available at the bottom of this webpage. Please refer to the Identification and Placement page for the current timeline including appeals due dates.
    2. The student’s parent(s)/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.
    3. The Appeals Committee, consisting of a team of diverse professionals, will review the information submitted with the appeals request along with relevant past and present assessment data and academic performance. The committee will come to a consensus in making a decision.
    4. The Appeals Committee will communicate the decision regarding the appeal to the following individuals. Please refer to the Identification and Placement page for the current timeline including appeals dates.
      • Decisions will be communicated to the parents/guardians of the student.
      • Decisions will be communicated to the staff at the student's school.

    What are the potential outcomes?

    The Appeals Committee will come to a consensus and provide one of the following decisions:

    • The student’s current placement at grade level is appropriate, and the appeal is not granted.
    • The student is granted provisional placement in the program for which the appeal was submitted, and the student’s provisional placement will be reviewed at the end of each trimester. The student may be returned to the grade-level classroom if performance is not on par with peers.

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


    What information is requested?

    On the appeals request form, please provide an explanation for why the appeal is being requested. As an option, one artifact that shows the student’s academic ability can also be submitted. Items may include independent student work, an award/recognition, or a letter from an activity sponsor or coach. The item should provide new or additional information and support the appeals request. Please do not submit copies of past or present assessments or report cards that are part of the student’s record within the district. Items submitted as part of the appeal will not be returned.


    The Appeal Form: Please fill out the Google Form below.

    Click here for the appeals form.

    The appeals window has closed. The deadline was May 3.


    Each year, from grades 3-7, students will have the opportunity to qualify for HM/PI/PI+ in the spring. Our next testing opportunity will take place starting January 2025.



    Please fill out the Google Form above to submit your appeal. Please email optional artifacts to Thank you. 

    If you have any questions, please email