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Welcome to the Friends of ELP Web site!

Whether you're exploring opportunities for high-ability students in the Johnston School District or an experienced parent/guardian of students involved in ELP, we welcome your interest in the Extended Learning Program (ELP) and Friends of Johnston ELP.

Friends of Johnston ELP is a not-for-profit, volunteer group that supports the education of high-ability students. Although membership is optional and does not impact whether your student receives ELP services, we would encourage you to join.  Here are some benefits of Friends of JELP:

Advocates for district-appropriation of services and staff intentionally dedicated to meet the needs of all ELP students (general enrichment, strength areas and PEP).

Sponsors programs on topics relevant to the education, development, and parenting of advanced learners.  One of our members shared this:
“Friends of Johnston ELP meetings are, by far, the most beneficial meetings I have attended in the Johnston school system. The ELP teachers and guest speakers do an awesome job of educating on the academic and social/emotional needs of my gifted child.”

Provides ELP staff at each school with financial support to purchase additional resource materials for their program.  These funds are generated through membership dues and donations.

Publishes newsletters with updates on Johnston ELP activities and achievements.

Whether or not you’re a member, we invite you to attend one of our upcoming programs. Over the years, our group has sponsored a wide variety of programs of interest to families with high-ability students. Our programs are free and open to the public. Select the “Programs” tab at the top of this page for complete information.

This website is intended to be a place where parents, students, teachers, and other supporters can find useful information. Here you’ll find our membership information, the ELP Handbook, dates and topics for upcoming programs, contact information, and other resources. Our website is a work in progress, and it will continue to grow with input and suggestions from our members and supporters. We welcome your comments!