AIG Department

  • Universal Screener Results Release

    In December, all students in third and sixth grade had equal opportunity to take the Cognitive Abilities Test or CogAT.  Although the assessment is used as part of the annual, district-wide AIG screening process, the primary use of the results is to inform instruction within the classroom.  The results from this assessment will be sent home by February 5, 2021 along with a district letter explaining how the annual screening process works.

    For those students who were unable to participate, we will be using their End of Grade (EOG) scores as the universal screener, just as we do for students in grades 4, 5, and 7.

    We have created a short webinar to address frequently asked questions about the CogAT results and the screening process that can be viewed by clicking here.



    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.


Featured AIG Stories

  • Dr. Cynthia Hogston Portrait


    Dr. Cynthia Hogston

    Director of Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) and Federal Programs

    Phone: (704) 296-0823

AIG Announcements

  • AIG & U

    We have a new video that outlines AIG services in High School and explains how to use the planning document or download a copy of our guidebook in English or Spanish to aid in choosing the best path to graduation.

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  • Who do I contact at the school?

    It can be difficult to find the answers that you need regarding gifted services.  Your first access point is the AIG teacher at the school.  If you don't know who that is, ask the person who answers the phone and/or works the front desk at the school's main office. 

    You can ask questions, make requests for screening, and/or find out more information about gifted services.  AIG teachers check the inbox daily.  Please allow 24-48 hours for a reply.

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