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.


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