St. Mary's School: Accelerated Reading Program/Library

Accelerated Reader Program

The Accelerated Reader (AR) program is a supplement to our classroom reading program. Your child picks a book at his/her own level and reads at their own pace and read these books during appropriate class time and at home. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer and this gives the student and teacher feedback to help set goals and direct reading practice.

AR Objectives

  • Empower students to independently read a variety of books of their own choice

  • Encourage students to grow in their reading ability

  • Assist students in becoming comfortable using the computer to take AR test.

  • Support students to feel that they are part of a community who enjoys and values reading.

AR Book Level Chart

  • The assigned level is determined by periodic STAR Reading Test and teacher/librarian required criteria.

  • Book Levels are reported using the ATOS readability formula and represent the difficulty of the test. For example, a book level of 4.5 means that text could likely be read independently by at student whose reading skills are at the level of a typical fourth grader during the fifth month of school.

  • Every book that has an AR Reading Practice Quiz is given a point value. AR points are computed based on the difficulty of the book and length of the book. Children earn points, or a portion of a book’s points, depending on how well they do on the Reading Practice Quiz. The teacher will help each student in making a goal for the current grading period.


The Library/Media Center maintains a critical role in the student’s intellectual development. The goal of the Library /Media Center is to ensure that all students develop an appreciation for reading and become independent and effective users of information. The Media Center is used for independent and group use. Students are taught care of library books and computers.