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.

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.

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.
AR Book Finder

2014/15 AR Celebration Dates

  • 2014/2015 AR celebration dates to be announced soon

AR Questions?

Questions About AR?

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

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