Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Department
What is the Purpose of the AIG Program?
The purpose of the AIG program is to serve the needs of students with high ability and/or aptitude for learning. The program provides differentiated instruction and other curriculum approaches beyond that of the general education classroom. Services include acceleration options, replacement curriculum options, opportunities for individual interest development, and development of higher-level critical thinking skills focused around depth and complexity of curriculum content.
- The program has a variety of service options such as cluster grouping, subject and grade acceleration, and advanced subject grouping of gifted learners.
- There are a variety of enrichment opportunities, including academic competitions, field trips, fine arts activities, problem-solving investigations, special interest clubs, and summer enrichment opportunities provided at each school.
- The program supports the early identification of potentially gifted learners in grades K-3 in order to provide enrichment opportunities.
The identification process considers different combinations of multiple criteria, including aptitude indicators, achievement indicators, and student performance indicators. Students must meet the UCPS School Board approved identification criteria in order to qualify for services.
What is the District Wide Annual Screening Process?
Every year, Union County Public Schools conducts an annual, district-wide screening process. Every child in grades 3-7 is automatically included in the process through the collection of various indicators. This process begins at the start of the second semester and concludes at the end of the school year. This process of data collection is performed as a best practice in gifted education to provide further recommendations for additional educational services. For this process, the district collects three basic types of data on every student: aptitude indicators, achievement indicators, and performance indicators.
Every student currently enrolled in our district has an equal opportunity to participate in the screening process that is continually collecting and updating the basic types of data throughout the process. Eighth grade students and high school students can self-nominate for the annual screening process by contacting their school counselor.
Students in grades 3 and 6 were offered an opportunity to take an aptitude assessment to inform classroom instruction. This assessment is also used as part of the screening process. Student narrative reports will be sent home at the end of the first semester attached to the child's report card. These results should be used to partner with the child's teachers to help individualize instruction. For more information about how the scores should be used in the classroom and how the scores are used for the screening process, watch our parent webinar.
If there are any questions concering your child and/or the screeing process, contact the school and ask to speak to the AIG teacher directly (grades 3-7) or the school conselor (grades 8-11). If further assistance is needed, contact the AIG Department at 704-296-6308 and speak with the appropriate AIG Coordinator. Ms. Allyson Camp is the AIG Elementary Coordinator and Dr. Danielle Sullivan is the AIG Secondary Coordinator.
Dr. Cynthia Hogston
Director of Academically and Intellectually Gifted and Federal Programs
Director Phone: (704) 296-0823
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