SPRING AAP Newsletter 2018-2019
Advanced Academic Program (AAP) at Daniels Run
Parent information sessions were held at Daniels Run Elementary on October 2nd and October 3rd. Ms. Beth McCrodden, our Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, provided information about levels of service and answered questions about the screening process for part-time school-based and full-time AAP services. For more information about AAP services, visit the FCPS website for Advanced Academic Programs. If you have any questions, you can contact Ms. Beth McCrodden at email@example.com
Advanced Academic Continuum of Services
Fairfax County Public Schools offers a continuum of advanced academic services for all students in Grades K-8. Learning experiences are designed to develop higher-level thinking through enrichment, acceleration, and extension of the Program of Studies (POS). Teachers, administrators, and Advanced Academic Resource Teachers (AARTs) work together to provide different levels of services. Videos showing each level of service in action, as well as information about middle and high school services, are available.
Critical and Creative Thinking Lessons, Grades K-6 (Level I)
Level I services are provided to all students in Kindergarten through Grade 6 and consist of lessons designed to teach critical and creative thinking skills. Strategies are modeled in all classrooms by AARTs and are used throughout the year by classroom and other teachers. 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. Descriptions and videos of the nine critical and creative thinking strategies are available for viewing.
Differentiated Lessons in Areas of Academic Strength, Grades K-6 (Level II)
Level II services are available for students in Kindergarten through Grade 6 for students with strength in a specific subject area. The AART collaborates with classroom teachers to provide additional challenges using materials from the AAP curriculum framework for Levels II-IV to extend and enrich in the subject area strength. Screening for this level of service is ongoing throughout the school year. To have your student screened for Level II services, complete the AAP School-Based Referral Form.
Part-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-6 (Level III)
Level III services are available for students in Grades 3-6 who are eligible for part-time direct services from the AART. Students are identified by a screening committee at the local school. The AART uses materials from the AAP curriculum framework for Levels II-IV in the four core subject areas through either a weekly pull-out class or weekly co-teaching model with the classroom teacher. Screening for this level of service is ongoing throughout the school year. To have your student screened for Level III services, complete the AAP School-Based Referral Form.
Full-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-8 (Level IV)
Level IV services are available for students found eligible through a central selection process. The program is available in Grades 3-8. Eligible students use curriculum from the AAP Curriculum Framework for Levels II-IV in the four academic subject areas on a full-time basis.
Screening for Level IV services occurs during specific screening cycles. Due to the volume of files screened centrally for Level IV services, deadlines are strictly held.
- Fall screening for Level IV is held for 3rd - 6th grade students who are new to FCPS and have been referred. The fall referral deadline is October 11, 2018.
- Spring screening for Level IV is held for students in the 2nd grade screening pool or any 2nd – 6th grader who has been referred. The referral deadline for spring screening is January 10, 2019.
Additional information about the holistic screening process and information used for screening can be found on the FCPS website.