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.
50 points: Gilchrist Reader Ribbon|
100 points: Gilchrist Reader Ribbon
150 points: Gilchrist Water Bottle
200 points: Gold Medal
250 points: Bookstore Gift Card
300 points: Engraved Plaque
500 points: Honorary Lifetime Key to Gilchrist
100 points: Gilchrist Reader Ribbon|
200 points: Gilchrist Water Bottle
300 points: Gold Medal
400 points: Bookstore Gift Card
500 points: Engraved Plaque
1000 points: Honorary Lifetime Key to Gilchrist
The AR kick-off celebration is a school-wide event designed to get everyone excited about reading during the school year. The whole school attends
this event and the students help to set the total AR reading goal at this event, as well as learn what the principal challenge will be if the
students reach their school-wide goal at the end of the school year.
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.
2013/14 AR Celebration Dates
- Friday, September 6
- Thursday, October 17
- Thursday-Friday, December 19-20
- Friday, March 28
- Friday, May 16
Questions About AR?
For questions related to Accelerated Reader, please contact AR Coordinator Corinna Strayer at