It's Summer Time & You Have Questions
As the school year comes to an end, the AIG Department opens its summer testing center.
It is a common misconception that we test upon request. This is not true. We conduct a screening upon request. A screening is when individual student data is considered for incoming students to UCPS in grades 3-7. These data points are compared to the UCPS identification criteria to provide further recommendations to families. All students previously enrolled in the district were already screened during our spring screening process.
If a student qualifies for gifted services or has met the criteria for a referral to summer testing, families will be notified. All other students will be automatically included in the spring screening process for the next school year.
We've created a video and a brochure to help address some of the more frequently asked questions by families. The brochure is available in both English and in Spanish. The brochure is also available at each school for inquiring families.
If a family has questions about the screening process as it relates to their child, contact the AIG summer testing center via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at our AIG office at 704-296-6308. Email is preferred.
The AIG summer testing center will open June 19, 2023 and close July 26, 2023. All results from summer testing will be shared with schools and families.
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.