My friends, Brit and Larry, have four lovely kids. The second child, Haley, when she was moving up to third grade, got referred to a Level IV advanced academic program by her teacher.
Brit and Larry had heard of advanced programs, but never really focused on them. So when Haley got referred to the program, they wondered why their other two girls*, who were also in elementary school, hadn’t been referred as well.
Teachers refer students to the program
Well, it turns out that teachers may refer a student. But often, teachers are busy and don’t get to referring academically-inclined children to an Advanced Academic Program. Or perhaps they don’t think it’s their place to do so.