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    Academically & Intellectually Gifted Identification & Services
    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. Why are special academically gifted classes offered by WS/FCS?
      • Gifted Education is required by North Carolina law. Statue 9B (see below); however, the service delivery model and method of identification is left up to the discretion of the local LEA.

    State Definition of AIG Students, Article 9B (N.C.G.S. § 115C-150.5)

    Academically or intellectually gifted (AIG) students perform or show the potential to perform at substantially high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experiences or environment. Academically or intellectually gifted students exhibit high performance capability in intellectual areas, specific academic fields, or in both the intellectual areas and specific academic fields. Academically or intellectually gifted students require differentiated educational services beyond those ordinarily provided by the regular educational program. Outstanding abilities are present in students from all cultural groups, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor. (pdf, 12kb)   

    Link: NC Department of Public Instruction/ Advanced Learning

    1. Please explain how WS/FCS students are screened for gifted services.
      WS/FCS’ universally screens all students (with parent permission) in the second grade with aptitude and achievement assessments (both given in the Fall of the child’s second grade year). If the child scores above 80th percentile on the aptitude assessment, he/she is then invited to participate in the achievement assessment. To be eligible for gifted services, the child must meet one of the identification pathways as noted here: https://www.wsfcs.k12.nc.us/Page/81146

    2. Can my child rescreen if he/she does not initially meet the eligibility requirements in second grade?
      If your second grade child scores above the 80th percentile on the aptitude assessment and also scores above the 90th percentile on the achievement assessment, then, yes, he/she has the option of retaking one of the assessments to determine eligibility during the second grade year (this testing is conducted in the Spring of the students 2nd grade year).

      For students in grades 3 – 8, if the student scores at the 90th percentile on an end-of-grade achievement test, the school system will administer another screening (only one per grade span allowed, see below) opportunity in the Fall to see if the child is eligible for services. Testing is provided by the school district periodically throughout the school year.

      Fifth grade students who score above the 90th percentile on an end-of-grade assessment may also be provided an opportunity to rescreen in both aptitude and achievement to determine if a change in placement is needed for transition to middle school. This testing is administered in the Fall of the child’s 5th grade year. If the child meets the 80th percentile in aptitude and at least a 90th percentile in achievement criteria, then a rescreen in 5th grade is available. This will serve as the next grade span (middle school) rescreen.


    1. How often can my child be rescreened for AIG services?
      A child may rescreen once per grade span, rising 3rd – 5th and rising 6th – 8th, to determine if he/she is eligible for gifted services, or a change in placement is recommended (i.e. moving from AIG to HAG).

    2. Based on recent testing, my child is eligible for Academically & Intellectually Gifted (AIG) services. What does this mean?

      • The WS/FCS’ program is offered 3rd – 8th grades, with a variety of high level options for high school.
      • Traditionally 10 – 12 percent of WS/FCS students are identified as AIG.
      • Research shows that academically gifted students have unique intellectual, social and emotional needs that are best addressed in cluster or homogenously-grouped classes with like-minded peers, facilitated by specifically trained and licensed teachers.
    3. What services are available for Academically & Intellectually Gifted (AIG) students?

      Gifted Service Delivery Model in WS/FCS:
    • WS/FCS provides a continuum of services for gifted learners at all of its elementary and middle schools, which may include consultative basis regular education services, a part-day program, or an all-day program.
    • Students receive advanced instruction in Mathematics, English/language arts, and other subjects, as determined by student need.

           AG Service Options- All Elementary & Middle Schools:  Offered grades 3-8

    • Mathematics (at least at 1 year above level) -- problem-solving, logic, reasoning, computation skills
    • English/language arts (1 or more years above) -- reading, literature, vocabulary, writing, grammar
    • 45 to 90 minutes daily special instruction (either or both areas)
    • Teacher with AIG license (or provisional)


    1. When will score information related to AIG services be provided to parents?
      Parents will receive score reports for second grade students universally tested by mid-to late- Febraury. For older students (3rd - 7th grades), parents will receive score reports and information regarding the potential AIG placement options throughout the school year dependent upon the assessment schedule.

    2. If my child is eligible for the AIG program, is he/she required to receive services?
      Students are not required to enter the AIG program. However, we would highly encourage you to explore all options before making a decision. The AIG program offers an accelerated math and English/Language Arts curriculum and pacing that is one year above grade level. There is not a requirement for enriched curriculum in the areas of science and social studies.
    3. If he/she does not receive AIG services now, can he/she enter it later?
      Your child can enter the AIG program at a later time; once students are identified AIG, they keep their eligibility unless they exit Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.

    4. Will my child have a lot more homework in the AIG/HAG program?
      Not necessarily. Teachers of gifted students (AIG/HAG) are mindful of assigning age-appropriate amounts of homework, and intentionally provide meaningful, engaging assignments that are designed to match the intellectual abilities and interests of gifted students.

    5. Can I have my child privately tested?
      Conditionally, yes. Parents/families may seek outside, independent evaluations from a licensed psychologist and submit the results to the child’s school counselor for review by the school’s AIG Program Team.

      If the student is currently enrolled in a WS/FC school, the school counselor or AIG Coordinator must be notified prior to private testing. There are specific requirements for WS/FCS to consider private evaluations. Please access specific testing information here, or consult your school’s AIG Coordinator for more information.
    6. What schools have AIG Programs?
      Elementary: AIG services are provided at all elementary schools. HAG or highly academically gifted services are provided at Brunson or Southwest Elementary Schools.

      Middle:  AIG services are provided at all middle schools in the district. HAG services are provided at Hanes Magnet School.

      High:  Honors and Seminar (honors level AP-prep type courses) are offered at all high schools. Multiple Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered at the Career Center, and many AP courses are offered at the high schools.

    7. When do AIG services begin?
      Direct, daily service begins in third grade. Services to younger students are provided by the regular education teacher in consultation with the school’s AIG Teacher.

    8. If my child was in a gifted program elsewhere, can AIG services be provided in WS/FCS gifted education programs?
      Being in a gifted program in another location (NC district or out-of-state) does not automatically qualify a student for gifted services in WS/FCS. If the student has been placed in a gifted program elsewhere, and at the time of the placement met WS/FCS’ current eligibility criteria for AIG or HAG, then the student may be provided services in the appropriate gifted program.

      If the child’s previous placement criteria does not meet WS/FCS’ current identification requirements, then the student must either provide assessment data less than one year old that meets current identification criteria, or be screened through the WS/FCS AIG Program testing process in order to determine eligibility.

    9. What if I (the parent) want to request that my child be assessed?
      The parent can Nominate to Rescreen (form available from the school’s AIG Coordinator). The nominating party must provide specific evidence, including all available test data, class grades, etc., that support the request.

      To be eligible for a rescreen, the student must meet the district’s established criteria. Once the information has been provided, the school’s AIG Program Placement Team will meet with the parent to discuss the recommendation. If needed, the Principal and AIG Program Placement Team will consult with the district’s AIG Program Manager to make a determination.