Please excuse the intrusion of a parent into your teachers’ forums, but I wanted to get some advice from the experts. A summary of my issue: My concern is that our son is not being challenged enough by the regular curriculum and I’m curious as to how I should address this with his teacher. (Or is this even a concern I should have. ) A little background: Our son is a bright student, but not considered gifted. He tested at the 90th percentile on the intelligence test the school uses, but needed to be at the 93rd percentile to be considered for the gifted program, so he does not receive any one-on-one or more personalized attention that those who are in the gifted program receive. The early year standardized testing all showed him to be well-above average and the pre-curriculum test (AIMS Web) showed that he scored well above the target for what his grade-level curriculum would cover, especially in math. I mention those only to show that more than one test reveal him to be bright, so there is no test ‘anomaly’ that could account for the scores (as has been brought up to me before). So again, he is bright, but not ‘bright-enough’. He rarely brings home any homework as he finishes everything in class. When we review his completed work, there are very few that are incorrect. When we ask the teacher how he is doing, we get “Alright”, or “Everything is going good.” When we ask if he is being challenged enough, we get “He is where he needs to be.” And to be honest, there is no more aggravating phase for us to hear. We don’t really care if he is where he needs to be, we want him to be where he can be. Also, I would hate for things to come too easy for him and he end up getting bored. So my question to you is how do we approach the teacher? How do we talk to a teacher who is not very forth coming with information, or does not seem too interested in pushing students who need to be pushed beyond the regular curriculum? Do we need to supplement at home? Do we need to talk to the principal, ask about changing teachers? Any suggestions would be appreciated. I hope I don’t come across as ‘one of those parents’. I only want to see my children excel and be pushed to see how high they can go. I am not a teacher, so I have no idea how difficult it can be to have a classroom full of students with varying degrees of abilities and aptitudes. We’ve had some great teachers that have pushed our kids, and I know that most teachers honestly care and want the best for all the kids. Our kids are still young, so we are still new to all of this. Thanks in advance for any advice.