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 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 their personal goal  for that reading period they will receive a brag tag and recognition.

    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.

    What is 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.


    To log on, use your child's 9 digit student id for the username and your child's 5 digit pin for the password. 

    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. 


    2023-24 AR  Reading Periods:


    First nine weeks - August 10 to October 13

    Second nine weeks - October 17 to December 19

    Third nine weeks - January 8 to March 8

    Fourth nine weeks - March 19 to May 16


    Questions about AR? 

    Please contact Media Specialist, Meg Gibson.