Advanced Academic Programs

Our Advanced Academic Resource Teacher

Our Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART) collaborates with the school staff to offer a range of advanced academic services that builds upon students' individual strengths and skills. 

To learn more about the levels of service and the county-wide Advanced Academic Programs, please read below.

Level l

Critical and Creative Thinking Lessons, Grades K-6 

The first level is provided to all students in kindergarten through grade six and consists of model lessons that are designed to teach critical and creative thinking skills. The lessons are modeled in all classrooms by the Advanced Academic Resourse Teacher (AART) and the thinking strategies are then used throughout the year by classroom and other teachers who work with students. Student responses to these lessons are used as part of the identification process for Levels II-IV. Parents may also practice these strategies during family conversations and activities. 

Level II

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

Students identified by a local school screening committee are offered differentiated lessons (Level II) in areas of specific academic strength. The AART collaborates with classroom teachers to provide additional challenges through lessons and resources within the general education program. Screening for this level of service is ongoing throughout the school year. 

Level III

Part-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-6

Students identified by a local school screening committee for Level III part-time advanced academic services are challenged through models and strategies designed to extend and enrich the POS in the four core subject areas. Students receive direct instruction from the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher in the local school.

Level IV

Full-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-8

Students found eligible for placement in full-time Level IV Advanced Academic Programs through a central selection process receive a highly challenging instructional program in the four core subject areas.

For Fox Mill students, the Level IV program is offered at the Oak Hill ES center.

The screening for this level of service occurs in the fall for students who are new to FCPS and in the spring for all other students. The deadline for the 2018-2019 school year has passed (October 5, 2017 for students new to FCPS and January 12, 2018 for spring screening). Additional information is available in the Parent Information Packet published on the FCPS website.

Testing 

In the spring, the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT) is administered to all FCPS first grade students. In the fall, the CogAT-Custom Form is administered to all FCPS second grade students. During the fall testing cycle, the NNAT and/or Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) may be administered to students in grades 3-6 who do not have an ability test score.

An initial second-grade screening pool for AAP Level IV is established using the test results from first and second-grade testing. Parents of students in the second-grade screening pool receive a letter notifying them that their child will be screened for the full-time advanced academic program. Parents may decline screening.

Students who are not in the second grade pool will not receive notification. The benchmark score used to create the second-grade initial pool will be published on the FCPS AAP website by mid-January.

The Level IV screening file for referred students is prepared by the local school Advanced Academic Programs screening committee and submitted to the FCPS central selection committee. Eligibility decisions are made by the central selection committee, and reviewed by an oversight committee. Parent/guardian(s) are notified by mail regarding eligibility.

Parent/Guardian Referrals for Full-Time AAP Level IV 

Parents or guardians of students not in the second grade screening pool may initiate the full-time AAP Level IV screening process by completing and submitting an Advanced Academic Programs Level IV Referral Form to the local school principal. (The deadline for the 2018 -2019 school year has passed.) Second grade students not in the pool and all students in grades 3-7 are screened only by referral. Forms are available on the FCPS website and in the Parent Information Packet available at the local school.

Note: Please do not wait for test scores before submitting a referral for your student as there will be no referrals for Level IV screening accepted past the deadline. If you are waiting for test scores and would like your student screened for Level IV, please submit the referral by the published deadline (even if you have not received the test scores for your student).