Advanced Academic Programs (AAP)

Fairfax County Public Schools offers a continuum of advanced academic services for students K-12 that builds upon students' individual strengths and skills and maximizes academic potential for all learners.

FCPS AAP Philosophy

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) believes in developing the strengths and talents of all students. Every student needs to be challenged and engaged in exciting learning experiences.

FCPS policies and procedures are grounded in equity and inclusion. Our commitment to providing rigor to all students is part of the FCPS strategic plan. AAP offers a continuum of advanced academic services to meet a broad range of student needs. We take a holistic approach that uses a variety of assessments to determine the level of service to match the child’s current needs.

With the FCPS talent development model, all students in FCPS will receive:

  • Critical and creative thinking lessons.
  • Access to AAP curriculum and strategies.

Some students need a differentiated curriculum to address their cognitive and social-emotional needs. These students receive additional AAP services based on:

  • Academic needs beyond peers at their grade level.
  • Strengths in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
  • A need for increased depth, complexity, and pace of instruction.

Students’ advanced academic needs may change over time. The AAP continuum of services develops and builds on students’ current strengths and talents.

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Elementary School AAP Services

FCPS offers a continuum of services for elementary students to meet their current academic needs.

Level I: Grades K-6 – All students receive lessons in critical and creative thinking strategies and some AAP curriculum lessons.

Level II: Grades K-6 – Identified students receive AAP curriculum lessons in the general education setting in areas of academic strength.

Level III: Grades 3-6 – Identified students receive AAP curriculum lessons in more than one academic content area. The Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART) leads these lessons. Programming has increased depth and complexity in several content areas.

Level IV: Grades 3-8 –Identified students receive AAP curriculum lessons full-time. Programming has increased depth, complexity, and pace in all academic content areas.

Middle School AAP Services

Honors Classes: Any student who seeks academic rigor may enroll in honors classes. Students should consider taking honors classes in areas of strengths or interest.

Level IV: Eligible students may either attend their assigned AAP center school or enroll in Honors classes at their base school.

High School AAP Services

Any student may enroll in advanced courses in high school as long as they have met the course pre-requisites.

Honors Classes: Any student who seeks academic rigor may enroll in honors courses. Students should consider taking honors courses in areas of strengths or interest.

Advanced Placement (AP): AP coursework is similar to first year college courses. They help prepare students for college level coursework.

International Baccalaureate (IB): The IB programs provide rigorous coursework. Students engage in deep thinking, reading, and writing with an international perspective.

Dual Enrollment: FCPS teachers teach Dual Enrollment courses. Students may earn college credit through agreements with a college or university.
 

Special Populations

AAP recognizes some groups of students have been historically underrepresented in advanced programming. This requires special attention to those who potentially could be overlooked for services.

Twice-Exceptional (2e) Learners: 2e learners are students who have high abilities and special education needs.

Young Scholars (YS): The YS Model nurtures academic potential in students from populations that are historically underrepresented in advanced academic programs.

Applications for Current FCPS Students

FCPS aims to provide each student with the level of service they need to be challenged and make continuous academic growth.

Students currently attending FCPS may apply by submitting a referral form according to published deadlines.

Level IV Testing and Identification Timeline

Level IV Appeals Information

Applications for New FCPS Residents

FCPS aims to provide each student with the level of service they need to be challenged and make continuous academic growth.

Families who move into Fairfax County from another county or state (including military families) may apply for immediate placement.

Applications for Private School/Home School Families

FCPS aims to provide each student with the level of service they need to be challenged and make continuous academic growth.

Fairfax County residents who attend a private school or homeschool have two opportunities to apply each year.

Level IV Appeals Information

Forms

Advanced Academic Programs Advisory Committee

Contact the Advanced Academic Program Office

571-423-4740