Advanced Academic Programs (AAP)

Advanced Academics Resource Teacher

Advanced Academics in FCPS

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 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.

AAP Level IV Screening Updates for 2020-21 School Year

Due to the ongoing pandemic, there are some adjustments to the Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV screening processes for the 2020-21 school year.

  • Referrals for AAP Level IV screening will be collected between September 8 through December 1, 2020.
    • Required: Level IV Referral forms are emailed to the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART) and principal at the local school. The email will count as a digital signature for the referral. 
    • Optional: A 1 page parent/guardian questionnaire may also be included, along with up to four pages of student work samples.
  • These items must be sent in one e-mail. Do not send the items separately.
  • Note: Referrals will not be accepted past December 1, 2020. A deadline of December 1, 2020 gives local schools time to organize and submit screening portfolios to the central office.

Additional information about the screening process will be shared through local school newsletters. Local schools will also communicate opportunities for parent information sessions on the AAP continuum of services and the screening processes for AAP levels II-IV.

For more information, visit the AAP Website.


Advanced Academics Program Information

Critical and Creative Thinking Strategies

FCPS Critical and Creative Thinking Strategies Page

Level I services are open access and a part of the curriculum for all students. Teachers embed critical and creative thinking strategies in lessons across all subject areas and grade levels.

Elementary Continuum of Services

A Holistic Case Study Approach for Identification: Matching Students with Services

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has shifted from a focus on labeling students as gifted to a focus on identifying student strengths and providing Advanced Academic services designed to develop and nurture students’ academic strengths over time.

Family Resources

FCPS Family Resources Page

Resources for parents to support the development of students in Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) at home, including enrichment, research, and critical and creative thinking activities.

Young Scholars

FCPS Young Scholars Page

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) created the Young Scholars Model to increase representation of diverse students in K-12 Advanced Academic Programs. In this model school staff and families work together to:

  • Find and nurture gifted potential.
  • Support academic mindsets and habits.
  • Prepare students for more challenging and rigorous courses.

AAP Overview Presentations

AAP Screening Presentations