W hat educators and psychologists recognize as giftedness…is really potential giftedness which denotes promise rather than fulfillment… probabilities rather than certainties…. Much (depends) on (the) match between a child’s talents and the kinds of nurturance provided.
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What is best for your child?
but how you behave when you don’t know the answer.
Children who have been identified for advanced academic services have the potential to achieve high levels of accomplishment, 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.
A student in 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.
Level I Services
All children learn to think, reason, and problem-solve through nine strategies that challenge students to use and apply knowledge in new and different ways.
Lessons that develop critical and creative thinking skills are used by teachers with all students in K-6 classrooms.
Debono’s Thinking Hats
Creative Problem Solving
Differentiated instruction is provided through more challenging content, assignments, resources, and flexible groupings in one or more areas of academic strength. Advanced Academic Resource Teachers plan, collaborate, and share ideas and resources with classroom teachers and other specialists.
Students work directly with the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher to receive enrichment and extensions to curriculum and instruction. The Advanced Academic Resource Teacher plans and collaborates with the classroom teachers and other teachers who work with the students e.g., ESOL and special education.
Direct services may take the form of the AART co-teaching a with the classroom teacher with flexible instructional groups within the classroom or pull-out groups.
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.
- Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT), Grade 1
-FCPS Cognitive Ability Test (CogAT) Custom Form, Grade 2
- Standards of Learning (SOL) scores
- record of previous Advanced Academic services received
- work samples, certificates, and/or awards (8 ½ x 11)
- Parent Questionnaire (for level IV referrals)
Grade 2: Pool Candidates
Grades 2– 7: Referral Candidates
Best practices indicate that multiple measures and valid indicators from multiple sources must be used to assess and serve gifted students. Information should be gathered from multiple sources, in different ways and in different contexts.
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.
Middle Years Program (IBMYP)
The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IBMYP) offers student-centered, holistic programs of international education that support FCPS student achievement goals for academics, essential life skills, and responsibility to the community.
The IB Middle Years Program (MYP) develops in grades 6-10the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills they need to live, learn, and work in a rapidly globalizing world.
FCPS students may earn an FCPS MYP certificate for meeting the rigorous requirements.
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.
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)
Read, read, and read
Although advanced programs are open to all students, students who take these courses need to be motivated to learn
Study the first year of a world language and Algebra 1 before 9th grade (required by TJ, IB, and AP Calculus and AP World Language)
Determine first if your child is a candidate for an advanced academic program and choose the program that is the best for your individual student.
Visit TJ in October of the 8th grade year.