Advanced Academic Program

Advanced Academic Press

Advanced Academic Resource Teacher

Each elementary school is staffed with an Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART). The AART collaborates with the school staff to determine the appropriate level of advanced academic services. Parents may refer their child for advanced academic services by contacting the AART at the local school. Ongoing observation and assessment ensures that student needs are being met.

For additional information about the screening process or advanced academic opportunities at your child’s school, contact the principal or AART at your local elementary school or the director of student services at the middle school. For information on countywide services for advanced learners, call the Advanced Academic programs office at 571-423-4740.

All Advanced Academic Program (AAP) forms are available here.

An AAP informational overview session took place on October 1, 2020. The information presented during this session is provided below.

Fairfax County Schools (FCPS) Beliefs

  • All students deserve an excellent education.
  • Students learn best when educators, parents, and students work together.
  • High expectations lead to high performance.
  • All students need opportunities to use strengths and pursue interests.

 

Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Regulation

All Virginia school divisions must:

  • Screen and identify gifted students,* as well as
  • Provide instructional services to meet their needs.

 

*Even children coming from military families who have previously had services.

Philosophy of FCPS Advanced Academic Programs

Children who have been identified for advanced academic services have the potential to achieve high levels of accomplishment in comparison to their peers, and this potential needs to be recognized and addressed.

In order to meet their needs and develop their abilities, these high ability learners require a differentiated curriculum that provides advanced learning opportunities.

Navigating the Four Levels of AAP Services: Level I

Critical and Creative Thinking Strategies, Grades K-6   

  • All students need to learn to think, reason, and problem-solve.
  • All teachers use critical and creative thinking strategies in their lessons.
  • All teachers use advanced academic curriculum each quarter.

Note: Services are re-evaluated each year.

 

Critical and Creative Thinking Chart

Navigating the Four Levels of AAP Services: Level II

Differentiated Lessons in Areas of Academic Strength, Grades K-6

Some students are strong in one or more subject areas. Classroom teachers adjust instruction for students in these areas by:

  • Providing different assignments and resources in those subjects
  • Grouping students by their strengths, interests, and readiness

 

Note: Services are re-evaluated each year.

Applying for Level II (School Based Services)

Visit the FCPS Advanced Academics page to access the Referral Form and Parent/Guardian Questionnaire.

 

Level II Referral Form            Parent or Guardian Questionnaire

Navigating the Four Levels of AAP Services: Level III

Part-Time Advanced Academic Program, Grades 3-6  

  • Some students have advanced academic abilities in multiple subject areas. They need part-time AAP services.
  • AARTs provide gifted curriculum in Language Arts, science, social studies, and/or mathematics. This is provided by:

                  - the AART

                  - the classroom teacher

Note: Students need to be screened for full-time services. Parents may refer their child to be screened.

Applying for Level III (School Based Services)

Level III School Based Services is for Grade 3 and higher. Visit the FCPS Advanced Academics page to access the Referral Form and Parent/Guardian Questionnaire.

Level III Referral Form          Level III Parent/Guardian Questionnaire

Local Advanced Academic Programs Screening for School-Based Services (Levels II-III)

  • All students are evaluated for Advanced Academic Programs school-based services using multiple sources of information.
  • The local school Advanced Academic Programs screening committee determines eligibility for school-based services.
  • Parents/guardians/Teachers may initiate a referral

Question: What do teacher or, parent work samples look like for applying for School Based Services screening (Levels II and III)?

Answer: The school based committee takes anything that the teacher or parent warrants as higher level work reflective of the student’s strengths.

Navigating the Four Levels of AAP Services: Level IV

Full-Time Advanced Academic Program, Grades 3-8

Some advanced learners need a full-time advanced academic program with differentiated instruction in all 4 content areas.

Students eligible for full-time AAP services receive:

    - Advanced Language Arts, science, and social studies curriculum, and

    - Math curriculum at least one year above grade level.

 

Note: Students need to be screened for full-time services. Parents may refer their child to be screened.

Applying for Level IV (School Based Services)

Level IV School Based Services is for Grade 3 and higher. Visit the FCPS Advanced Academics page to access the Referral Form and Parent/Guardian Questionnaire.

Level IV Referral Form           Level IV Parent/Guardian Questionnaire

More About Level IV: Full-Time Advanced Academic Program

The full-time advanced academic program is differentiated in depth, breadth, and pace of instruction. It provides an appropriate level of challenge for highly gifted learners with a strong emphasis on critical and creative thinking, and problem-solving. The mathematics curriculum is accelerated by one grade level and readings and resources that are used in other subject areas are also presented at advanced levels. Students have opportunities for ongoing opportunities for reflection and self-assessment.

 

Reminder: Level IV is for Grade 3 and higher.

Question About Level IV Work Samples

Question: What do teacher or, optional parent work samples look like for applying for Level IV district screening (Grades 3-7only)?

Flashlight Work Sample          

 

Biography Report Work Sample   

 

Newspaper Building Work Sample

Math Differentiated Curriculum Framework for AAP Services (Levels II - IV)

Math Curriculum and Resources to Support the Differentiated Framework Advanced Academic Programs (Levels II, III, and IV) - Grade 3

Professional development for use of these resources is provided throughout the year by the Advanced Academics Program Office.

 

Essential Mathematics Resources

  • Project M3 Mentoring Mathematical Minds (Units: MoLi Stone, Awareness Algebra, Measurement, Digging for Data) incorporated into the Level IV Teaching Guide - A Companion Piece to the Elementary Mathematics Pacing Guide

         - Where to Order or Access: ES Advanced Academic Programs 24/7 site; www.kendallhunt.com

 

  • Parallel Curriculum units and lessons (units: Math Curse, Puzzle Patterns) 

         - Where to Order or Access: ES Advanced Academic Programs 24/7 site

 

  • Critical and Creative Thinking - Model Lessons

         - Where to Order or Access: ES Advanced Academic Programs 24/7 site

 

  • Hands-on Equations and Verbal Problems 

         - Where to Order or Access: www.borenson.com

 

Supplemental Mathematics Resources     

  • Great Expectation Problems

         - Where to Order or Access: ES Advanced Academic Programs 24/7 site

 

  • William and Mary Units: Spatial Reasoning and Beyond Base Ten

         - Where to Order or Access:

  1. http://www.prufrock.com/
  2. http://www.prufrock.com/

 

  • Challenge Math

         - Where to Order or Access: http://www.prufrock.com/

 

  • Puddle Questions Assessing Mathematical Thinking

         - Where to Order or Access: www.wrightgroup.com

 

  • Groundworks Series (available for 5 strands)

         - Where to Order or Access: www.wrightgroup.com

 

  • Roads to Reasoning*

         - Where to Order or Access: www.wrightgroup.com

 

  • Geometer's Sketchpad

         - Where to Order or Access: www.dynamicgeometry.com

 

  • Techniques of Problem Solving (TOPS)

         - Where to Order or Access: www.pearsonschool.com

 

  • Measured for Life Accompany Publishing Play

         - Where to Order or Access: www.accompanypublishing.com/

 

Math Competitions/Challenges

  • Continental Math League

         - Where to Order or Access: www.continentalmathematicsleague.com/cml.html

 

  • Math Olympiads

         - Where to Order or Access: www.moems.org

 

  • Virginia Mathematics League

         - Where to Order or Access: www.mathleague.com/

 

Math Games to Promote Strategic Thinking

  • Chess

         - Where to Order or Access: Resources on ES Advanced Academic Programs 24/7

 

  • SET Game

         - Where to Order or Access: www.setgame.com

 

  • Krypto Game

         - Where to Order or Access: http://mphgames.com

 

  • Challenge 24 Games

         - Where to Order or Access: www.math24.com

 

  • Fundamentals*

         - Where to Order or Access: www.wrightgroup.com

Social Studies Differentiated Curriculum Framework for AAP Services (Levels II - IV)

Social Studies Curriculum and Resources to Support the Differentiated Framework Advanced Academic Programs (Levels II, III, and IV) - Grade 3

Professional development for use of these resources is provided throughout the year by the Advanced Academics Program Office.

 

Essential Social Studies Resources

  • William and Mary Social Studies units on China and Egypt

         - Where to Order or Access: www.kendallhunt.com

 

  • Document Based Questions - Mini Qs in World History

         - Where to Order or Access: http://dbqproject.com/

 

  • Parallel Curriculum units and lessons (units on Civilizations, Exploration, Using Primary Source Documents, Rome, Greece, Economics) 

         - Where to Order or Access: ES Advanced Academic Programs 24/7 site

 

  • Critical and Creative Thinking - Model Lessons

         - Where to Order or Access: ES Advanced Academic Programs 24/7 site

 

Social Studies Resources for Research    

  • Simulations

         - Where to Order or Access: www.todaysteacher.com

 

  • Web Inquiries/Quests

         - Where to Order or Access: www.webquest.org

 

  • Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources

         - Where to Order or Access: http://tpsnva.org/index.php

 

Essential Language Arts Resources

  • William and Mary Language Arts Units

         - Where to Order or Access: http://www.kendallhunt.com

 

  • William and Mary Navigator Novel Guides

         - Where to Order or Access: http://cfge.wm.edu/curr_language.htm#navigators

 

  • Building Language

         - Where to Order or Access: www.rfwp.com/

 

  • Jacob's Ladder Levels I-III

         - Where to Order or Access: http://www.prufrock.com/

 

  • Writing Workshop for Advanced Learners

         - Where to Order or Access: ES Advanced Academic Programs 24/7 site

 

  • Socratic Seminar Guides

         - Where to Order or Access: ES Advanced Academic Programs 24/7 site

 

  • Touchpebbles Teacher's Guide A and/or B

         - Where to Order or Access: http://www.touchstones.org

 

  • The Great Debate Guide

         - Where to Order or Access: ES Advanced Academic Programs 24/7 site

 

  • Critical and Creative Thinking - Model Lessons

         - Where to Order or Access: ES Advanced Academic Programs 24/7 site

 

  • Parallel Curriculum units and lessons (unit: biographies)

         - Where to Order or Access: ES Advanced Academic Programs 24/7 site

 

Language Arts Discussion and Research

  • This is Only a Test Accompany Publishing play

         - Where to Order or Access: www.accompanypublishing.com/

 

  • Junior Great Books

         - Where to Order or Access: www.greatbooks.org/index.php?id=igb2006

 

  • Renzulli Learning

         - Where to Order or Access: www.renzullilearning.org

 

  • Philosophers Club

         - Where to Order or Access:

  1. www.philosopher.org
  2. www.mtholyoke.edu/omc/kidsphil/stories.html

 

Language Arts Word Study Resources

  • Word Journeys by Kathy Ganske

         - Where to Order or Access: www.amazon.com

 

  • Latin: Classical Studies Unit*

         - Where to Order or Access: ES Advanced Academic Programs 24/7 site

Language Arts Differentiated Curriculum Framework for AAP Services (Levels II - IV)

Language Arts Curriculum and Resources to Support the Differentiated Framework Advanced Academic Programs (Levels II, III, and IV) - Grade 3

Professional development for use of these resources is provided throughout the year by the Advanced Academics Program Office.

 

Essential Language Arts Resources

  • William and Mary Language Arts Units

         - Where to Order or Access: http://www.kendallhunt.com

 

  • William and Mary Navigator Novel Guides

         - Where to Order or Access: http://cfge.wm.edu/curr_language.htm#navigators

 

  • Building Language

         - Where to Order or Access: www.rfwp.com/

 

  • Jacob's Ladder Levels I-III

         - Where to Order or Access: http://www.prufrock.com/

 

  • Writing Workshop for Advanced Learners

         - Where to Order or Access: ES Advanced Academic Programs 24/7 site

 

  • Socratic Seminar Guides

         - Where to Order or Access: ES Advanced Academic Programs 24/7 site

 

  • Touchpebbles Teacher's Guide A and/or B

         - Where to Order or Access: http://www.touchstones.org

 

  • The Great Debate Guide

         - Where to Order or Access: ES Advanced Academic Programs 24/7 site

 

  • Critical and Creative Thinking - Model Lessons

         - Where to Order or Access: ES Advanced Academic Programs 24/7 site

 

  • Parallel Curriculum units and lessons (unit: biographies)

         - Where to Order or Access: ES Advanced Academic Programs 24/7 site

 

Language Arts Discussion and Research

  • This is Only a Test Accompany Publishing play

         - Where to Order or Access: www.accompanypublishing.com/

 

  • Junior Great Books

         - Where to Order or Access: www.greatbooks.org/index.php?id=igb2006

 

  • Renzulli Learning

         - Where to Order or Access: www.renzullilearning.org

 

  • Philosophers Club

         - Where to Order or Access:

  1. www.philosopher.org
  2. www.mtholyoke.edu/omc/kidsphil/stories.html

 

Language Arts Word Study Resources

  • Word Journeys by Kathy Ganske

         - Where to Order or Access: www.amazon.com

 

  • Latin: Classical Studies Unit*

         - Where to Order or Access: ES Advanced Academic Programs 24/7 site

Science Differentiated Curriculum Framework for AAP Services (Levels II - IV)

Science Curriculum and Resources to Support the Differentiated Framework Advanced Academic Programs (Levels II, III, and IV) - Grade 3

Professional development for use of these resources is provided throughout the year by the Advanced Academics Program Office.

 

Essential Science Resources

  • William and Mary Problems-Based Learning Units (Where's the Beach, What a Find)

         - Where to Order or Access: http://www.kendallhunt.com/

 

  • Project Clarion units (Dig It, Invention to Invent, What's the Matter)

         - Where to Order or Access: ES Advanced Academic Programs 24/7 site

 

  • Parallel Curriculum units and lessons (Rock Stars, Butterflies, Simple/Compound Machines, Cycles)

         - Where to Order or Access: ES Advanced Academic Programs 24/7 site

 

Science Investigation and Research

  • Puddle Questions for Science

         - Where to Order or Access: www.wrightgroup.com

 

  • Critical and Creative Thinking - Model Lessons

         - Where to Order or Access: ES Advanced Academic Programs 24/7 site

 

  • Experimental Design and Research

         - Where to Order or Access: ES Advanced Academic Programs 24/7 site

 

  • CPO Science Connections

         - Where to Order or Access: ES Advanced Academic Programs 24/7 site

 

  • Simulations

         - Where to Order or Access: www.interact-simulations.com

 

  • Web Inquiries/Quests and Web Resources

         - Where to Order or Access: www.webquest.org

 

  • Ranzulli Learning

         - Where to Order or Access: www.renzullilearning.org

 

  • Engineering is Elementary

         - Where to Order or Access: http://www.mos.org/eie/

 

  • Children as Builders Engineering Project*

         - Where to Order or Access: ES Advanced Academic Programs 24/7 site

 

Science Team Competitions

  • ExploraVision

         - Where to Order or Access: www.exploravision.org/

 

  • Science Olympiad

         - Where to Order or Access: http://soinc.org/

 

  • Odyssey of the Mind

         - Where to Order or Access: http://www.odysseyofthemind.com/

 

Continuum of Advanced Academic Services

Continuum of Advanced Academic Services

Young Scholars: Who Are They?

  • FCPS developed the Young Scholars Model to help identify students from historically underrepresented populations for AAP services.
  • The model provides additional opportunity to nurture talent and build confidence so that students can meet their potential. The goal is to prepare Young Scholars for challenging courses and success in the future.

Twice Exceptional Learners (2e): Who Are They?

Students grades K through 12 who demonstrate high performance ability or academic potential and who have a cognitive, physical, behavioral, or emotional disability that requires accommodations in order for their potential to be realized.

Information Considered in Placement Decisions

Information Considered in Placement Decisions for Part-Time and Full-Time Advanced Academic Programs

  • Ability test scores

         - Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT), CogAt or others listed on the FCPS AAP website

 

  • Achievement Test Scores

         - Standards of Learning (SOL) scores

 

  • Gifted Behavior Rating Scale (GBRS)
  • Work samples
  • Progress Reports/Report Cards
  • Parent Questionnaire (for level IV referrals)

Changes Due to Covid-19

  • Scores from the 1st grade NNAT are considered for the 2nd grade pool this year due to COVID.  All other Level IV screening files are generated by referral.
  • There is no advantage to having a file initiated by pool vs. referral.

 

* A parent/guardian may seek private testing through a licensed psychologist or through GMU. Call 703-933-4200. However, FCPS does not encourage families to seek additional testing beyond what FCPS provides to all students.

 

  • This year parents may only submit:

         - The parent/guardian questionnaire

         - Up to four pages of student work samples

 

  • Discontinued due to COVID and the need to create digital screening files:

         - Awards, certificates, and letters of recommendation will not be part of screening files.

 

Testing Updates – Due to COVID-19

  • The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) will not be offered this school year. The CogAT test requires multiple sessions and it is not possible to do safely. 

 

  • The one-time retest option for the Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test (NNAT) or CogAT test will not be available this school year. School resources are limited and there is not capacity to offer retests safely.

 

  • There will be a process for students without an abilities test on file to take the NNAT in December 2020. Local schools will determine which students require the NNAT and will reach out to families to schedule safe and socially distanced testing.

 

Note: While private testing that follows guidelines may be submitted, testing is only one type of data considered. All ability tests are considered within the larger context of the overall screening portfolio. FCPS does not encourage families to seek additional testing beyond what FCPS provides to all students.

Elementary and Middle School: Full-Time Advanced Academic Program

  • Located in 27 Elementary schools and 12 middle schools
  • Forty-nine additional  elementary schools offer Local Level IV services.
  • Differentiated curriculum and instruction for advanced learners is provided in the four core subject areas:  English, Social Studies, Mathematics, and Science.

The Middle School Honors Program

Designed to meet the needs of students with specific academic strengths in one or more of the four core subject areas.

 

Students experience an extended Program Of Studies at greater levels of depth and complexity.

Advanced Placement, IB, and TJSST

Advanced Placement

  • Individual, rigorous college-level courses in most subject areas
  • Widely accepted at American universities
  • FCPS AP diploma awarded to students taking at least 5 AP courses on which they receive a 3 or better (out of 5)

 

International Baccalaureate

  • International perspective integral part of program
  • Full diploma includes IB courses in 6 subject areas, extended essay, Theory of Knowledge class, and 150 extra-curricular hours
  • Individual IB courses are offered at standard or higher levels may be taken
  • Widely accepted for college credit globally

 

Thomas Jefferson School for Science and Technology

Specialized learning environment for highly motivated students with a genuine interest and ability in science, mathematics, and technology. Admission is on a competitive basis. See website for more specific information about the admission process.

Additional Information and Contact Information

For more information, please visit the FCPS AAP page.

Advanced Academic Level IV Program Locations

 

Lori Luster, Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART)

Email: laluster@fcps.edu

Twitter: @MsLuster_SLES

FCPS Advanced Academics Program (AAP)

Identification and Placement for Elementary School

AAP Family Resources