We are proud of the fact that North Carolina is second in the nation when it comes to funding for Academically and/or Intellectually Gifted Services (as per Article B, PL 115C-150.5*). At Arapahoe Charter School, one certified AIG Specialist is responsible for ensuring that we are in compliance with our state-board approved plan. This includes adherence to identification procedures**, services delivered, and annual updates to differentiated education plans. A K-2 nurturing program and a 3-8 pull-out program of 90 minutes per week extends and enriches the Standard Course of Study through cross-curricular project based learning. In addition, clustering at the middle school allows teachers to provide gifted services in the classroom through differentiated activities. Students with superior standardized test scores (95+) are eligible to participate in Independent Study through Duke’s Talent Identification Program.
The high school provides rigor through honors, advanced placement courses, distance learning, and community college partnerships. This has the potential to identify students as candidates for Governor’s School and North Carolina School of Science and Math. CDM, or Credit by Demonstrated Mastery, has recently been approved at the state level as a means for middle and high schoolers to accelerate through course work by taking the End of Course exam before “seat time”, coupled with creating and presenting an artifact to a committee for approval.
Finally, counseling and goal-setting services are available, to identify academic pathways relative to personal and educational goals, as well as to address the unique social and emotional needs of gifted learners. Rigor, relevance, and relationships all come together to help turn dreams into realities for ACS’s gifted students.
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*Article 9B, PL 115C-150.5 of the North Carolina General Assembly states that “the public schools should challenge all students to aim for academic excellence and that academically or intellectually gifted students perform or show the potential to perform at substantially high levels of accomplishment when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment. Academically or intellectually gifted students exhibit high performance capability in intellectual areas, specific academic fields, or in both intellectual areas and specific academic fields. Academically or intellectually gifted students require differentiated educational services beyond those ordinarily provided by the regular classroom. Outstanding abilities are present in students from all cultural groups, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor.”
**ACS’s AIG Identification Process: The state of North Carolina suggests that public schools seek to identify and serve the “top 10 – 12% of the student body as academically and/or intellectually gifted students”. As such, Arapahoe Charter School has identified six criteria for identification at or above the 90th %ille, and five are required. This includes tests such as EOG, MAP, and CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test, given to all 2nd graders); as well as core subject grades, teacher observation checklists, and committee recommendation.