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The Pylons Honors Program provides unique opportunities for highly motivated students.  The program is designed to prepare students  for the next phase of their education.  Participating students will benefit from a highly rigorous curriculum designed to challenge them to think critically, expand their knowledge, learn time management, and enhance their study skills. 
 
In order to meet the needs and develop the full academic potential in advanced learners, the Pylons Honors Program is committed to providing challenging learning experiences which capitalize on individual strengths and optimize academic potential for all students.
 

Delivery of Services

In addition to differentiated lessons from the KCPS core curriculum, services provided to identified Pylons students will extend classroom learning, encourage students to think on a higher level, and promote the study of sophisticated and complex content.  Outlined below are  the components of the Pylons Honors Program that will support identified students in learning to deep levels of understanding.
 

Destined for Greatness

Destined for Greatness, the elementary component of the Pylons Honors Program offers:
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Critical and Creative Thinking Strategies
  • Project Based Learning
  • Field Trips
  • Duke Talent Identification Program Search
  • Honors Recognition Ceremony
 

Junior Pylons 

Junior Pylons builds upon the foundation laid by Destined for Greatness and prepares 7-8 grade students
for the rigor of the 9-12 secondary school academic experience.  Junior Pylons will include the opportunity for:
 
  • Honors Courses
  • Duke Talent Identification Program Search
  • Honors Ceremony
 

Senior Pylons

Senior Pylons have an opportunity to continue in a rigorous curriculum that includes:
 
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) courses
  • Advance Placement (AP) courses
  • Honors Courses
  • A Senior Capstone Project
  • Summer Academic Camp opportunities
  • The Pylons Scholars Honors Convocation
 

Eligibility 

The Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test Second Edition (NNAT2) is used to determine a student's eligibility for the Pylons Honors Program.  The NNAT2 is an assessment of general ability in seven grade-based levels for students in grades K-12.  It will give an accurate, culturally neutral measure of general ability without reliance on language or motor skills.  The NNAT2 is administered annually to 100% of students enrolled in the target grade.  This district-wide screening occurs during the autumn and spring testing cycles.
 
Parents, teachers, or community members may also submit a Nomination Form to a local KCPS school to refer a student for screening.  To complete the referral process an Inventory Form and a Consent to Evaluate Form must also be submitted before a testing date can be determined.  A link to the referral  forms can be found in the Resources section below.
 
 

Resources

 
 
 

Contact

Anna Blancarte
Direct Line: (816) 418-2681
Main Office: (816) 418-2665
Fax: (816) 418-7409