Advanced Academics

The Office of Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) have made adjustments to the Level IV screening process for the 2020-21 school year. You can find the most up-to-date information about the changes on the FCPS Advanced Academic Program site at the link below.

AAP Level IV Screening Updates for 2020-21 School Year

Advanced Academics Overview

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) offers a continuum of advanced academic services for all students in grades K-12. Learning opportunities are designed to meet the unique learning profile of each advanced learner through a continuum of services designed to focus and engage the student in challenging learning experiences that develop higher-level thinking through enrichment, acceleration, and extensions of the Program of Studies (POS). Classroom teachers, administrators, and Advanced Academic Resource Teachers (AARTs) collaborate to deliver the various levels of service.

You can watch the parent information videos below to learn more about the AAP levels of service and screening and identification processes.  

(Please note, some videos have not yet been updated with changes for the 2020-21 school year. ) 

Overview of AAP Services Video | La sinopsis de los servicios del Programa Académico Avanzado

AAP Screening and Identification Video | Evaluación e identificación para los servicios AAP Nivel IV

Advanced Academics at Daniels Run

All students in Kindergarten through Grade 6 receive Advanced Academic Program Level I services. The Advanced Academic Resource Teacher and classroom teachers teach nine higher order thinking strategies across all subject areas and grade levels. The strategies are embedded in lessons that incorporate 21st Century thinking skills and extend and enrich the Program of Studies (POS) for all learners. Student responses to the lessons are also used to collect evidence of advanced academic potential in order to ensure equity and increase access to Advanced Academic Programs. 

Level II Differentiated Services are available for identified students in Kindergarten through Grade 6 in areas of specific academic strength.  Students identified for Level II receive their services directly from their classroom teachers. To meet the needs of these students, teachers may adjust, or “differentiate” instruction. The Advanced Academic Resource Teacher collaborates with classroom teachers to provide additional challenges and resources within the general education program.

Level III Part-time Advanced Services are available for identified students in Grades 3 through 6.  Students receiving Level III services work directly with the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher for at least one hour each week. These students are challenged using models and strategies designed to extend and enrich instruction in the four core subject areas through either a weekly pull-out class or weekly co-teaching model with the classroom teacher.

Level IV Full-time Advanced Services are available for students in Grades 3 through 6 who have been found eligible for placement through a county-wide central selection process. Identified students for Level IV receive a highly challenging instructional program across the four core subject areas from their classroom teachers during daily instruction. They may also work with additional teachers for extension lessons or flexible groups. The Level IV program is designed to meet the needs of advanced learners with a strong emphasis on higher level thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making. 

Our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher

Ms. Beth McCrodden can be contacted at


FCPS Advanced Academic Programs