Advanced Academics Program at Bailey’s Elementary



Michelle Connolly Walker

Gifted Education Teacher, ES

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Advanced Academic Programs provide challenging learning experiences that are designed to meet the unique learning profile of a broad range of advanced learners. Through a continuum of opportunities, students engage in a complex subject matter, preparing them for more challenging and rigorous classes as they advance in grade level. Children identified for FCPS advanced academic services exhibit exceptional performance capability in academic, intellectual, and creative endeavors. In order to meet their needs and develop to their potential, these learners require a differentiated curriculum. For more information about FCPS Advanced Academic Services, please visit the website: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/advanced-academics


Advanced Academics Resource Teacher

The Advanced Academics Resource Teachers (AARTs) coordinates the screening and identification of students for advanced academic services, collaborates with teachers to provide differentiated instruction, and provides direct school-based services for identified students. The AART can explain how the program works and answer specific questions about screening procedures and the delivery of services at your local school. The AART serves all children at the school by providing model lessons in Critical and Creative Thinking and working with the classroom teachers to extend and enrich the Program of Studies (POS).


Advanced Academics Program Overview

Critical and Creative Thinking Strategies, Grades K-6 (Level I) 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.

Differentiated Services, Grades K-6 (Level II) Differentiated lessons are offered to students in areas of specific academic strength. The advanced academic resource teacher collaborates with classroom teachers to provide additional challenge through resources that extend and enrich the FCPS Program of Studies.

Part-Time Advanced Academic Program, Grades 3-6 (Level III)Students identified by a local school screening committee for advanced academic services (Level III) are challenged through models and strategies designed to extend and enrich the Program of Studies in the four core subject areas.

Full-Time Advanced Academic Program, Grades 3-8 (Level IV) The AAP Level IV program for students in grades 3 - 8 offers identified students a highly challenging instructional program that follows the FCPS Program of Studies. Differentiation in the depth, breadth, and pace of instruction is designed to meet the needs of advanced learners with a strong emphasis on higher level thinking skills.

Young Scholars At Bailey’s Elementary, Young Scholars is designed to find and nurture advanced academic potential in students from historically underrepresented populations. Curricular interventions and support are provided through the collaboration of the classroom teacher and the advanced academic resource teacher. As students progress through elementary and secondary school, continuing support and opportunities for accessing rigorous coursework are provided by school staff.



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 no later than January 12th, 2018..  No late referrals will be accepted. Second grade students not in the pool and all students in grades 3-7 are screened only by referral.  Forms are available on the AAP website (https://www.fcps.edu/registration/advanced-academics-identification-and-placement/elementary-school) and in the Parent Information Packet available at the local school.  Parents or guardians of students who are in the second grade pool will be notified by the school.  Students who are not in the second grade pool will not receive notification.  The benchmark score used to create the second grade pool will be published on the AAP website mid-January. 

Please do not wait for test scores before submitting a referral for your student in grades 2-7 as there will be no referrals for Level IV screening accepted past the deadline of January 12th, 2018. 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). 


Important Links

Critical & Creative Thinking (CCT) Strategies: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/advanced-academics/critical-and-creative-thinking

Testing and Identification Timelines https://www.fcps.edu/node/31209

AAP Forms and Parent Information Packet (scroll to the bottom of the page for forms) https://www.fcps.edu/registration/advanced-academics-identification-and-placement/elementary-school/current-fcps

Virginia Association for the Gifted (VAG) http://www.vagifted.org/

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) https://www.nagc.org/

Bailey's AAP Blackboard Page