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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.

Printable Reading Log Printable Reading Log »
May be used throughout the year to log your student's reading.


Superintendent Pons Issues Million Book Challenge

Superintendent Pons hosted a public announcement at Gilchrist Elementary to kick off the Leon County Schools Million Book Challenge.

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.

AR Program AR Reading Prizes »
Prizes vary by grade level.


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.
AR Book Finder


2014/15 AR Celebration Dates

Accelerated Reader is anticipating a MAGICAL year! There will be four award ceremonies and enchanting events during the year, and we are looking for parents to join us. Our first celebration will be October 17th. Email thebeckhams5@gmail.com if you would like to help with our celebrations. Make sure your child is enjoying the wonders of reading every day!

  • Friday, October 17
  • Friday, December 19
  • Thursday, March 26 – *AR testing for the 3rd quarter ends March 13
  • Friday, May 22 – *AR testing for the 4th quarter ends May 15


AR Questions?

Questions About AR?

For questions related to Accelerated Reader, please contact AR Coordinator Lisa Crowe.


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