Advanced Academic Programs
Our Advanced Academic Resource Teacher
- Gifted Education Teacher, ES
Terraset ES offers students all levels of Advanced Academic Programs (AAP), including full-time Level IV options for grades 3-6.
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.
Terraset Local Level IV program
Terraset ES has an established Local Level IV Advanced Academic program with AAP classrooms in grades 3 – 6.
Terraset's Local Level IV program provides an important option for advanced learners who need the challenge of a full-time AAP center curriculum and do not want to leave their local school.
The Level IV Center for Terraset ES is located at Sunrise Valley ES.
Teachers in both settings are trained in teaching strategies for advanced students and teach the same advanced academic curriculum to students who are ready for a highly challenging instructional program in the four core subject areas.
The main difference is in the make-up of the class. All of the students in full-time, center-based classes at Sunrise Valley have been identified as center-eligible by a central selection committee and will be coming from several neighborhood schools to comprise the center class. In a Local Level IV classroom at Terraset ES, the student body is a mix of students who are center-eligible and high achieving students who are capable of working at advanced levels, all enrolled in the local school.
The Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT) is administered to all FCPS 1st grade students in the spring. In the fall, the CogAT-Custom Form is administered to all FCPS 2nd grade students. During the fall testing cycle, the NNAT and/or Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) may be administered to students in grades 3-6 who do not have an ability test score and to those students whose parents have exercised a 1-time request to have their child retested in an abilities test.
An initial second-grade screening pool for AAP Level IV is established using the test results from first and second-grade testing. Parents of students in the 2nd grade screening pool receive a letter notifying them that their child will be screened for the full-time advanced academic program.
Referrals for Full-Time AAP Level IV
Students who are not in the 2nd grade pool will not receive notification from the county. The benchmark score used to create the second-grade initial pool will be published on the FCPS AAP website.
Parents or guardians of students not in the 2nd grade screening pool may initiate the full-time AAP Level IV screening process by completing and submitting an Advanced Academic Programs Level IV Referral Form to the local school principal or Advanced Academic Resource Teacher. Forms are available on the FCPS website (link below) and in the Parent Information Packet.
Terraset ES also participates in the Young Scholars initiative, which is designed to find and nurture advanced academic potential in students from historically underrepresented populations. Curricular interventions and support are provided through the collaboration of the classroom teacher and the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher. As students progress through elementary and secondary school, continuing support and opportunities for accessing rigorous coursework are provided by school staff.