Wake County Public Schools AIG Purpose

The purpose of the Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Program is to provide an appropriately challenging educational program for students who perform, or show potential for performing, at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment. Academically or intellectually gifted students exhibit high performance capability in intellectual areas, specific academic fields, or in both intellectual areas and specific academic fields. Academically or intellectually gifted students require differentiated educational services beyond those ordinarily provided by the regular educational program. Outstanding abilities are present in students from all cultural groups, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor. 

WCPSS 2016 - 2019 Three Year AIG Plan

Laurel Park AIG Services

All LPES classroom teachers provide in-class differentiation for all of their students. This differentiation is designed to meet the needs of each individual learner. When it comes to our highly advanced students who may need more enrichment support, they will receive the following AIG pull out enrichment programs:

Explorers - The Wake County AIG Program supports a unique nurturing component, 3rd Grade Explorers.  The purpose of the Wake County Public School System Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Program is to provide an appropriately challenging educational program for students who perform, or show potential for performing, at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment.

The AIG teacher works in partnership with third grade teachers to plan a variety of experiences designed to elicit high academic performance.  During the first quarter, the AIG teacher works in the classroom with students.  The AIG and the classroom teachers assess student performance during these experiences.  During the 2nd Quarter, students who demonstrate high performance participate in pull out small group enrichment activities with the AIG teacher.  Some students may participate in one or more small group experiences, while other students may not demonstrate a need for this enrichment.

All 3rd grade students will be asked to take the CogAt and Iowa Test in the fall.  Students who score an 85% or more on either test will be asked to take additional tests later in the fall.  Both of these tests are used to determine AIG Identification Eligibility. Please see the AIG Gateway for AIG Identification specific details. Any 3rd grade student that is AIG identified will begin receiving AIG services in their identified area of ELA and/or Math in the second semester..

3rd Grade Testing Dates

Track 1 - August 21 - 23

Track 2, 3 & 4 - September 11 - 13

Track 1 & 2 - October 30 - 31

Track 3 &4 - November 27 - 28

AIG Services - AIG direct service requires AIG identification. Direct instruction from the AIG teacher is provided for students who have been identified as AIG in Math and/or ELA. This occurs 1-2 times a week for 45-90 minutes. AIG direct services are based on enriched common core grade level standards. The student's grade level standards are utilized for all lessons. AIG is primarily in grades 4-5, but students can be identified in any grade. Students in third grade are typically identified sometime between March - April. They receive direct instruction after the entire identification process is completed. 

The 4th & 5th grade AIG Nomination Window is now open. We are currently taking teacher and/or parent nominations. If interested, please email Mrs. Stone at [email protected] or see her. All nominations need to be completed in written form. Fall AIG nominations for Track 1 must be submitted by Wednesday, August 15th. All Track 2, 3, & 4 Fall AIG nominations must be submitted by Wednesday, September 13th. Deadlinesallows us to prepare testing materials properly and schedule a School Based Committee for Gifted Education (SBCGE) meeting. At this meeting all nominations are discussed and the decision about whether testing is appropriate is made by the committee for each nominee. After the meeting, all testing materials are ordered and prepared individually for each student that will be tested. A testing schedule is then set up and parents are notified. All testing is administered by the AIG teachers.

4th & 5th Grade Fall AIG Nomination Testing
Track 1 - Fall AIG Testing will be August 20th - 31st.
 Track 2, 3 & 4 - Fall AIG Testing will be September 17th - 28th

Single Subject Acceleration- Per WCPSS and the district set guidelines, SSA participation requires testing and specific qualifying criteria. All testing for the 2018-2019 school year was completed in the spring of 2018. Testing will be offered again in the spring of 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year. SSA is offered to all students who qualify. Students who qualify will be able to skip a grade in either Math or ELA. Instruction will be provided by the next grade level teacher or via an online module program. Students in 5th grade who are completing the online module will work independently and not receive direct instruction from the AIG teacher. Any student can be nominated and tested during the assigned windows. Testing only occurs once a year. SSA is not an AIG service. It is provided by the county and is separate from AIG. Please go to the SSA tab at the top of this page for the most complete information regarding SSA.

Whole Grade Advancement (WGA) WGA students are consistently performing 2-3 grade levels above his or her current grade level in literacy skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking) and mathematics. Performance at this higher level is demonstrated both in rote skills (reading words, fluency and math calculation) and most importantly, in academic application (reading comprehension, retelling, written language, math application and problem solving). There is a process to follow and required portfolio components that must be met in order to participate in WGA.

Important Dates

Now - Jan 8th
Tracks 1, 2 & 3
Spring AIG Nominations- 4th & 5th Grade Only
 Now - Jan 30th
 Track 4 Spring AIG Nominations - 4th & 5th Grade Only
 Dec 21st 
 Early Release at 1:15
 Dec 24th - Jan 1st
 Winter Break
 Jan 9th
 Last Day for Tracks 1, 2 & 3 Spring AIG Nominations
 Jan 11th
 Report Cards for Tracks 1, 2 & 3
Jan 11th - 25th 
 Tracks 1, 2 & 3 Spring AIG Testing
 Jan 18th
Early Release at 1:15 
 Jan 21st
Holiday - No School 
Jan 30th 
 Last Day for Track 4 AIG Spring Nominations
 Feb 4th - 15th
Spring AIG Testing for Track 4 
 Feb 8th
Report Cards for Track 4 
 Feb 15th
Early Release at 1:15