Accelerated Reader Program Overview
Accelerated Reader is a computerized management system that monitors and evaluates reading practice and achievement. Students are free to select from a variety of color-coded books at their pre-determined reading level. Teachers will assign a reading level during the first two weeks of school. After reading a book, students use the AR software to test their reading comprehension. View the AR Reading Zones Color Chart to better understand the reading level your child's teacher has designated for your child's comprehension and enjoyment. First through fifth grades participate throughout the school year, while Kindergarten participates at the teacher's discretion.
How Does AR Work?There are four reading periods throughout the year. At the end of each period, if a child has reached the needed point total for that reading period they will get to participate in the AR celebration. In addition, there are other "rewards" that a student receives for reaching their goal.
Does my child's book have an AR quiz? What reading level is it?
If your child reads a book that is not from the Gilchrist Media Center, chances are it will still have an AR quiz available for testing. If you are not sure, you may check online with AR Bookfinder. This valuable resource will provide information about quiz availability, book level, and points.
2016/17 AR Celebration Dates
- October 20
- December 16
- March 10
- May 12
2016/17 AR Reading Periods:
- August 15 through October 19
- October 20 through December 15
- December 16 through March 9
- March 10 through May 11
Questions About AR?
For questions related to Accelerated Reader, please contact Lisa Crowe.
AR Home Connect
AR Home Connect is fun and easy to use. It allows you, your child and your child's teacher to share information about your child's progress in Accelerated Reader. You can log in to Home Connect from any computer with an Internet connection and compatible browser. To log in to Renaissance Home Connect, click the button below.
Your childs personal log-in information should have been sent home to you in a letter from your child's teacher. If you need this information, you may ask your child how he/she signs on at school or request it from your child's teacher.
If you'd like to receive emails showing your child's quiz or test results, click the Email Setup link in Home Connect and follow the directions. Please note – students are not able to take AR quizzes at home. Testing is only available at school during school hours.