Model Program

Charleston County M-GAP Acceleration Program

75 Calhoun Street,
Charleston, SC 29401

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Contact Information:
Dr. Nancy McGinley, PhD

Program Specification:






Limited Evidence of Effectiveness

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Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Middle School

Inner City



Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities


The Acceleration Program has operated since 2004-05 to provide alternative learning environments for students who have been retained and as a result, are now older than normal for their grade level. During 2006-07 and 2007-08, the Acceleration Program has consisted of three levels: the Primary Grades Acceleration Program (PGAP) at the second-grade level; the Elementary Grades Acceleration Program (EGAP) at the fourth-grade level; and MGAP at the eighth-grade level. This report presents data from a variety of sources that together provide a picture of how students who participate in EGAP and MGAP progress, especially compared to other overage students in the district.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Computer Assisted Instruction, Counseling/Advisories/Coaches, Life Skills Training

Starting Date: Unspecified
Students Served Per Year: 500+
Last Verified: 2010

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Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Low achievement
  • Retention/overage for grade
  • Low educational expectations
  • Lack of effort

Program promotes the following:


  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Good relationships with parents, peers, and teachers
  • Involvement with positive peer activities


  • Early warning systems
  • Academic support

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Program Staff Includes:

Federal Agencies
State Agencies
Local/City/County Agencies
School Districts

School Administrators

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Evaluation Information:

Results for 2007-08 participants as 9th graders (end of 1st semester): Slightly lower suspension and absence rates compared to other overage students; Less likely to be passing their core courses than other overage students. Results for 2007-08 participants during the MGAP year: Much better suspension and absence rates; MAP gains were better than other overage students for Reading but not for Math; PACT improvement was slightly better for ELA but substantially worse for Math; Teachers reported that students' counseling needs were met; Teachers noted substantial improvements in student confidence, reading ability, and attitude. Results for 2006-07 participants one year later (at the end of their 9th grade): Average student earned 4 high school credits; For each of the four core subjects, about half of the MGAP students passed; Students credited smaller class size for reducing behavior problems and increasing focus; Students reported that compared to previous school experiences, MGAP kept them excited about and interested in learning; Students noted that the transition to high school had been made easier through talking with their MGAP teachers about high school and visiting the high school.

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