Advanced Academics Identification and Placement for Current FCPS Students

What levels of service are available? How can I have my child screened for different levels of service?

Advanced Academic Services

  • Elementary School:
  • Middle School:
    • Honors Classes - Open access at all FCPS middle schools
    • Level IV – Full-time, Grades 7-8
  • High School: Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate Program - Open access

Level IV Referral Deadline: January 9, 2020

Parents of student in grades 2-7 may refer for full-time Level IV placement.


  • AAP School-Based Services (Level II-III) Referral Form

    Referral form for Level II and Level III AAP services (Grades K-6).

  • Advanced Academic Programs Level IV Referral Form

    Referral form for Level IV AAP services (Grades 2-7).

  • AAP: Gifted Behavior Rating Scale

    The local school completes the Gifted Behaviors Rating Scale with Commentary (GBRSw/C) for each full-time Advanced Academic Programs (Level IV) candidate.

  • AAP Parent/Guardian Questionnaire

    Parents/Guardians may complete the questionnaire to support AAP identification for Levels II-IV.

  • Full-Time Advanced Academic Programs Level IV Transfer/Reactivation Form

    This form is for students who have been found eligible through central selection and have either deferred services, moved/returned to a new FCPS school boundary, or would like to change Level IV school selection for the next school year. For staffing purposes, this form must be submitted by May 15 to request reactivation of services or a school transfer for the following academic school year. Once you have made a commitment, you may not change placement for one academic year.

  • AAP Appeal Form

    The appeal must consist of new information that was not part of the original screening file. The new data that you are submitting will be added to the original screening file for review by the appeals committee. Please do not recopy or submit materials from the original screening file. Only appeals from the most recent screening cycle will be reviewed according to deadlines in the letter you received.

Part-Time Advanced Academic Services (Level II and III)

All students are evaluated for school-based services using multiple measures during the spring screening timeframe in May. For consideration outside of the screening window, please follow the steps detailed below. All decisions regarding these services are made at the local school.

Step 1

Submit the Level II-III Referral Form (above) to the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART) at your local elementary school.

Contact your school's AART for questions regarding student eligibility or placement in school-based services.

Step 2

The AART reviews all pertinent information with the local screening committee.

Step 3

The school notifies you of the eligibility decision by mail within approximately 30 days.


Student begins receiving services immediately after decision is processed.


The decision may be appealed once per school year by contacting the AART in writing and providing new information about the student.

Full-Time Level IV Services

All decisions regarding full-time placement in Level IV are made through a central screening committee of educators from across FCPS.

Step 1

  • Refer student for screening prior to deadline.
  • Submit the Advanced Academic Programs Level IV Referral Form to the school. Parents or guardians may refer students in Grades 2-7


  • Student is in the second grade screening pool. The second grade screening pool is created based on scores from FCPS-administered ability tests given to students in Grades 1 and 2. Pool students are not guaranteed eligibility, but they are automatically referred for screening.

Step 2

Optional – submit additional information to the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART) at your local elementary school or the Director of Student Services (DSS) at the middle school by the deadline. Learn more about the requirements for additional information by visiting the Full-Time Level IV Services Identification Procedures page.

  • Parent/Guardian Questionnaire
  • Student Work Samples - limit 4 pages
  • Achievement Test Scores (SOL Scores Already Included)
  • Private Ability Test Results
  • Student Awards or Commendations - limit 5 pages

Step 3

The central screening committee meets according to the timeline.

Step 4

Decision letters will be mailed to parent’s home address according to the timeline.

Attend Level IV Orientation at the Elementary School.

Step 5


Return Permission for Placement Form by the deadline.


Parents may refer for part-time services at any time. Parents may refer for Level IV screening during the next screening cycle.

Parents or guardians may submit an appeal. Directions for appeals are contained in the ineligibility letter and on the Level IV Appeals page. Appeals may only be from the most recent screening cycle and must contain new information not contained in the original screening file.